Magazine
Teach the children well

March 26, 2001

In the West's public schools, corporations and conservationists quietly compete to control what students will learn in the largely unregulated field of environmental education.

Feature

Teach the children well
In the West's public schools, corporations and conservationists quietly compete to control what students will learn in the largely unregulated field of environmental education.

Sidebar

How green is this Tree?
Some critics say that Project Learning Tree, one of the most popular environmental education programs, is too biased toward the timber industry which helps to underwrite it.
Science teachers go local
Jeff Mitchell in Philomath, Ore., and Clinton Kennedy in McCall, Idaho, are two teachers who have found creative ways to teach environmental studies in the conservative West.
A quick resource guide for teachers of the wild
A list gives some of the resources environmental educators can find on the Internet.

Book Reviews

Watershed Wars
Geoffrey O'Gara's book, "What You See in Clear Water," explores past and present on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation, and describes the continual conflict over control of the Wind River watershed.
Idaho wants to help manage federal lands
An Idaho State Land Board report called "Breaking the Gridlock" recommends ways for locals to work with the federal government to manage public lands.
Columbia Champion
The Conservation Fund and the Catto Charitable Foundation are honoring Nancy Russell, founder of the Friends of the Columbia Gorge, for her work to protect the Gorge.
Not your average Paul Bunyan
"Voices from the Woods: Lives and Experiences of Non-timber Forest Workers," an oral history compiled by the Jefferson Center, documents the lives of Northwestern mushroom harvesters, tree planters, herb gatherers and others.

Perspective

The environmental movement is a-muddle
Conservation organizations and activists are suddenly feeling lost and lonely in Washington, D.C., in the new, anti-environmental world of George W. Bush and friends.
The tale of a salmon slinger
On a tributary of Oregon's Nehalem River, the writer worked with Fish and Wildlife biologist Michele Long to scatter the carcasses of hatchery salmon, which feed a wide range of wildlife.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Deer vs. trampoline; wild turkey vs. mailman; Wilderness Society vs. Gale Norton's parents; hints for contacting legislators; cheesy art comes to Powell, Wyo.; Utah Legislature vs. hate-crimes bill.

Dear Friends

Dear Friends
The Ides of March; spring visitors; report from a land-use management seminar sponsored by FREE (Foundation for Research on Economics & the Environment).

News

U.S. mills fall under Canadian ax
In the new global economy, U.S. sawmills are going out of business, unable to compete with cheap timber coming from Canada, where environmental regulations are much looser.
The Latest Bounce
Griles nominated deputy Interior Sec'y; Mont. Gov. Judy Martz wants state to get 5,000 federal acres; pumice mining in San Francisco Peaks, AZ, ends; Sen. Craig Thomas' bill would repeal Yellowstone's snowmobile ban; N.M. keeps cockfighting legal.
Republicans undermine a bedrock environmental law
Gayla Benefield of Libby, Mont., is among many fighting to keep the Montana Environmental Policy Act intact in the face of Republican attempts to weaken the far-reaching and powerful law.
Farmworkers reap a minimum wage
A new law means that Idaho farmworkers will be entitled to receive a minimum wage for their labors.
Parks test skiers' green resolve
In Wyoming, backcountry skiers are upset to find that the Park Service's decision to ban snowmobiles from Yellowstone and Grand Teton may also ban skiing in some areas, to protect bighorn sheep.
Forest supervisor faces down oil drilling
Kniffy Hamilton, supervisor of Bridger-Teton National Forest, Wyo., has issued a draft environmental impact statement that would not allow oil and gas drilling on land near the Gros Ventre Wilderness.
Two laws collide in the Northwest woods
Stimson Lumber Company says the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act entitles it to build at least 21 miles of new road through endangered species habitat in the Selkirk Range of Idaho and Washington.
Salmon feel the heat
The Army Corps of Engineers has been ordered to come up with a plan to lower salmon-endangering high temperatures and gas content in the Snake River.
Luxury looms over Moab
Some Moab, Utah, residents are fighting a luxury resort and development called Cloudrock that developers want to build on a state-owned mesa south of town.
Demonstrating for the delta
The Glen Canyon Action Network toured part of the West to promote basic conservation measures for the Colorado River, along with a proposal to send 1 percent of the river's water downstream to restore the delta.

April Fools

Time Warp
A special April 1 front page of HCN ponders the time warp happening in Washington, D.C., and the West, worries about feral computers and the House Disposable Resources Committee, and celebrates cow-intensive artwork.

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