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Land grants under the microscope

May 1, 1995

The land-grant university system has been challenged and is slowly beginning to change.

Feature

Land grants under the microscope
The land-grant university system has been challenged and is slowly beginning to change.
Trying to save two of the parts
Lyle McNeal of Utah State devotes himself to bringing back the Navajo's Churro sheep.
The gospel according to Wes Jackson
Geneticist Wes Jackson calls modern agriculture a mistake and offers a blueprint for reform.
Starting a war at Ohio State
Kamyar Enshayan fights the industrialization of agriculture often promoted by land-grant colleges.
An in-your-face range scientist
New Mexico State's Jerry Holechek believes public-lands grazing has to be changed at the roots.

Sidebar

Land-grant professor offers Navajo herds a helping hand
Lyle McNeal tries to improve economic and environmental conditions on the Navajo reservation.
The Memo War: 1989-1993
Kamyar Enshayan's views about sustainable agriculture started a four-year "war of memos" on the subject.

Essays

Montana State University to local environmentalists: Get lost!
Author describes how Montana State University blacklisted him for being the "Ralph Nader of the West."

Book Reviews

Slashing water welfare
Bureau of Reclamation sets new rules to prevent corporate farms from using subsidized water meant for family farms.
A last laugh
An exhibit called "The Last Laugh" displays environmental cartoons from all viewpoints.
Goats in the crosshairs
Olympic National Park managers propose shooting mountain goats to protect endangered plants damaged by them.
Wild symposium
"Always Cry Wolf" symposium is planned for Telluride's MOUNTAINFILM festival.
Bring in more wolves
Defenders of Wildlife extends its wolf recovery fund to Southwest.
Baiting continues unabated
Forest Service allows states to regulate bear baiting on national forests.
A place of one's own
"Tips on Land & Water Management for Small Farms and Ranches in Montana" is published.
Conspiracy of optimism
Paul Hirt's book "A Conspiracy of Optimism: Management of the National Forests Since World War II" is reviewed.
Grassroots unite
Conference on "Finding Common Ground: Gender, Justice and the Environment" is planned.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
A digest of two weeks' worth of news clips and press releases around the West.

Dear Friends

Dear friends
Endangered Species Act, Mary Moran's wedding, Chekhov on conservation.

News

Forest Service scrambles to obey law it long ignored
After decades of inaction, the Forest Service suddenly starts to apply the National Environmental Policy Act.
Will the bill's authors please stand?
A memo shows lobbyists wrote most of a bill scaling back the Endangered Species Act.
The heat is on
The Forest Service is pressured to reverse decision removing most of Kit and Sherry Laney's cattle from the Diamond Bar allotment.
Who killed the cows?
Rancher Tom Kelly believes environmentalists may have shot 13 of his cows.
Idaho injunction lifted
Judge David Ezra lifts injunction that threatened to halt many activities on six Idaho national forests in order to protect salmon habitat.
Midnight subdividing creates unsanitary messes
Lax land-use laws and unscrupulous developers create poor, polluted settlements known as colonias in New Mexico.
Wolf lovers give Idaho sheriff a piece of their mind
Idaho's Lemni County Sheriff Brett Barsalou gets a lot of response, both pro and con, for saying wolf-killing was justified.
Non-native bird ruffles feathers
Colorado conservationists object to Division of Wildlife's desire to introduce a non-native game bird, the ruffed grouse.
Jail for a poacher
Chad S. Beus is sentenced to jail and fines for poaching a photogenic Yellowstone elk.
Bleak future for cutthroat
Fishery experts say there's no way to eliminate the illegally planted lake trout that are killing native cutthroat in Yellowstone Lake.

Opinion

If rain doesn't fall, the money will
Drought relief subsidies encourage ranchers to overstock and overgraze.
It's deja vu yet again, says Bruce Babbitt
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is philosophical about his problems, saying that the current Western uprising "isn't a revolution, it's a repetition."

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