Issues

Popo Agie to be considered
Popo Agie to be considered
A hearing slated for Lander could determine how much of the Popo Agie Primitive Area in Wyoming's Wind River Mountains will be set aside as future wilderness.
No more trade-offs!
No more trade-offs!
Some conservationists, myself included, are tired of trading off-one region for another. No longer do we believe that one area can be saved by simply sending the energy producers elsewhere. The energy producers will be back; they have to come back.
'I'd hate to pay for another!'
'I'd hate to pay for another!'
With the waters of Lake Powell now rising to within site of Rainbow Bridge, a battle is raging over whether the reservoir's waters will be allowed to encroach further upon the famous sandstone formation.
'Landmark' case heard
'Landmark' case heard
In a hearing concerning Wyoming's Teton National Forest, environmental groups argued that the U.S. Forest Service had not complied with the National Environmental Policy Act or its own regulations in awarding timbering contracts.
The crisis in energy: confront or cooperate?
The crisis in energy: confront or cooperate?
The energy industry is increasingly offering to cooperate with environmental groups and conduct joint studies of areas like the Powder River Basin, but many environmentalists are skeptical of the industry's intentions.
Thanks! (to our dedicated readers)
Thanks! (to our dedicated readers)
What has happened to High Country News this month is nothing short of miraculous: new subscribers and donations have put High Country News on strong footing.
Optimism reigns
Optimism reigns
The miracle may be happening. Reaction to our decision to cease publication was so swift and decisive that now, barring unforeseen circumstances, High Country News appears to be saved.
Water report analyzed
Water report analyzed
These comments on the National Water Commission's recent report are representative of the feelings of most Westerners who have no special interest in water development, irrigation projects, barge canals or dam building.
The crisis in energy: strip-mining laws
The crisis in energy: strip-mining laws
As Montana and Wyoming struggle to enact protective legislation in the face of ever-expanding strip mining, landowners, environmentalists and an awakening public are being pitted against the energy lobby.
America's wilderness: a chance to decide
America's wilderness: a chance to decide
The Multiple Use and Sustained Yield Act of 1960, the Wilderness Act of 1964 and a string of court cases during the past decade have laid the groundwork for preserving the West's wild lands -- but the next few years will be a critical time of decision-making.
The crisis in energy: impact on Montana
The crisis in energy: impact on Montana
Nothing in recent years has stirred the people of Montana quite so much as the problems of the energy crisis -- in particular, how the rapid build-up of industry around the state's vast coal fields will change the state's character.
The crisis in energy: exploiting the West
The crisis in energy: exploiting the West
The coming energy crunch will cause a frenzied battle over the West's coal, gas and oil in the name of sustaining America's oversized appetite for energy and economic growth.
A look back
A look back
The 1970s have been hailed as the Age of the Environment. If so, 1972 could be marked, for the most part, as one of the great steps forward: across the country, a wave of concern for all aspects of the environment has swept all ages and all segments of society.
Disaster a matter of timing
Disaster a matter of timing
Magnificent Lake Powell in southern Utah is only a scant few years old, but already two major disasters have overtaken it, and a third hangs ominously over its headwaters.
The Shame of It!
The Shame of It!
The dead eagles of Wyoming still wait for justice to be done.
Oil shale development: A Colorado perspective
Oil shale development: A Colorado perspective
The first in a multi-article series on what oil shale is an what it portends for the West, exploring the methods of recovery, the extent and location of the resource, the role of the federal government, and more.
Canyon highway a disaster
Canyon highway a disaster
A highway proposed for a scenic canyon stretch of Wyoming's Clarks Fork of the Yellowstone River could drastically alter the canyon environment.
A moratorium is still needed
A moratorium is still needed
In the Forest Service's ranger districts, President Richard Nixon's order to harvest 300 million board feet of timber through thinning and salvage operations could easily be interpreted as an order to increase the cut of timber.
There goes our air!
There goes our air!
Earlier this year the Sierra Club won a major victory for air quality based on the Clean Air Act of 1970, but ambiguities in the ruling leave open the possibility of worsening air pollution.
Decisions made on desert
Decisions made on desert
The Bureau of Land Management has pleased conservationists by enacting management policies that will protect many of the natural resources of Wyoming's Red Desert, a unique geologic area.
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