Issues

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.
A plea for wilderness
A plea for wilderness
The chairman of the Wilderness Committee of the Idaho Environmental Council addresses the Forest Service. "At this time we do not have all, or even a significant part, of the needed information concerning our future wilderness recreational needs, our future timber needs ..."
Make way for Progress!
Make way for Progress!
Nebraska Public Power District's proposed 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant is another example of proliferating energy demands upon a land unmarked and unsullied by the march of "progress."
The Flathead - a wild river in danger
The Flathead - a wild river in danger
Montana's Middle Fork Flathead River flows through the proposed Great Bear Wilderness, but a Wild and Scenic designation for the river itself may be needed to stave off future dam construction.
Revolution in land
Revolution in land
Private property land reforms in Maine may hold lessons for the Nature Conservancy and other groups that approach the West's environmental issues from a principle of private ownership.
A matter of facts!
A matter of facts!
When the history of the environmental movement is written, it will be found that a small band of unpaid, unsung volunteers blazed the trail. Imbued with little more than clear vision, bulldog tenacity, and a thick skin, they have taken unpopular stands in the causes loosely termed "the environment."
Decision time for rugged land
Decision time for rugged land
From the top of Granite Peak, Montana's highest point, the author surveys the vast rugged country that may soon be designated the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness.
Sulfur tax endorsed
Sulfur tax endorsed
Condemning current environmental regulations as "slow, costly, and tortuous," University of Minnesota economist Walter Heller has advocated a strong tax on sulfur emissions.
Western coal development moves closer to realization
Western coal development moves closer to realization
As Wyoming Senator Clifford Hansen pushes legislation to construct an aqueduct system that would divert water for industrial use in the Powder River Basin in Montana and Wyoming, plans for escalating extraction of coal are coming out into public view.
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