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I came, I saw, I wrote a guidebook

September 4, 1995

The increase in numbers of tourists drawn to the canyon country by guidebooks and magazines raises questions about exploiting and overusing a fragile landscape.

Feature

I came, I saw, I wrote a guidebook
The increase in numbers of tourists drawn to the canyon country by guidebooks and magazines raises questions about exploiting and overusing a fragile landscape.

Sidebar

The road to wilderness is paved with outdoor magazines
Critics say outdoor magazines such as "Outside" and "Backpacker" exploit the wild places they write about.
For guilt-free wilderness trips
A list of groups that teach wilderness-users to go "light on the land."
How the BLM killed a cow to save a canyon and stop the paperwork
The removal of a lone cow from Utah's Chimney Canyon cost reams of paperwork, road-building and human effort.
Did federal negligence help kill two hikers?
An upcoming trial will decide whether the Park Service was responsible for the deaths of two men in Kolob Canyon July 15, 1993.
BLM land: outstanding opportunities for crowding
Increased tourism on BLM lands forces the agency to rethink its management plans.

Essays

And you thought cows were bad...
A wilderness ranger describes the less-aesthetic parts of her job as she cleans up after campers.
How to get rural people to stand proud and tall
The second annual meeting of the Sierra Nevada Alliance attracts activists including David Brower and Andrea Lawrence.
Devastation at the center of his universe
The destruction of the Big Wild in Idaho's Greater Salmon-Selway ecosystem by logging moves the author to rage and grief.
Grow up, dig in, and take root
Talk of the West's "dream towns" should focus less on moving to one than on staying and creating a home where we already live.

Book Reviews

Bart goes to bat
The Vital Ground Foundation in Montana seeks to protect grizzly bear habitat.
Just burn it
The Clinton administration sets a new policy that uses more controlled and prescribed burns in forest management.
Jobs for the environment
The Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act would designate 20 million acres of new wilderness and in the process create thousands of jobs.
Start spreading the news
"Getting the Word Out in the Fight to Save the Earth" by Richard Beamish and "Let the World Know: Make Your Cause News" by Jason Salzman are reviewed.
Write-em cowboys
The Rogue River Roundup in Medford, Ore., will be the Northwest's first cowboy poetry gathering.
The public was railroaded
"Railroads and Clearcuts: Legacy of Congress's 1864 Northern Pacific Land Grant" by Derrick Johnson, George Draffan and John Osborn is reviewed.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
Greens spend little time in sports, Shirley MacLaine bucks karma, Utah Rep. Jim Hansen turns chicken, Lake Powell is full of s--, blimps over Grand Canyon, former Idaho Sen. James McClure lobbies for ESA, SUWA accused of overreacting, Navajos' blue jeans

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News

Group tries to change how trees are cut
The Flathead forestry project draws environmentalists and loggers together to try to create a sustainable forestry in Montana.
Babbitt begins range reform
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt launches the first phase of his grazing reform in Grand Junction, Colorado.
A pothunter is nailed at last
Notorious pothunter Earl Shumway is convicted of looting Anasazi burial sites in Utah.
U.S. House to the environment: Die!
Drastic budget cuts planned by a Republican Congress may have a dramatic effect on the environment.
Salvage logging means deep cuts
The rescissions bill signed by President Clinton calls for huge amounts of salvage timber to be cut.
Navajo Nation bails out timber mill
The Navajo Nation fires remaining workers at its defunct sawmill and bails out Navajo forest products housing.
Right-of-way or give-away?
A bill introduced by Rep. Jim Hansen of Utah could allow roads to be bulldozed across national parks and wilderness areas.
Pay-for-wolf play
The privately owned Grizzly Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, Mont., buys a 10-member wolf pack for tourists to see.
Forest Service wants to play by a new set of rules
The Forest Service proposes changes in the National Forest Management Act which environmentalists worry will weaken an important law.
Owl shuts down the Southwest
Federal Judge Carl Muecke orders 11 national forests in Arizona and New Mexico to halt all logging until their forest plans adequately protect the Mexican spotted owl.
Taking aim at the Forest Service
Forest Service employees in the West suffer bombs and beatings in several incidents.
Colorado learns bear facts
The Colorado Division of Wildlife conducts studies of bear-people encounters.
Burns would shear wolf funding
Montana Republican Sen. Conrad Burns wants to cut wolf-reintroduction budgets and use the money for whirling disease research.
Hazardous burning plan snuffed
The Ash Grove Cement Company changes its mind about burning hazardous waste after citizens object.
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