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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.
Storm brews over Utah
Storm brews over Utah
The Bureau of Reclamation faces off with local opponents over a proposed dam that would inundate China Meadows, a choice spot in Utah's Uinta Mountains.
National Parks - what future?
National Parks - what future?
The centennial of the establishment of Yellowstone National Park is a time to assess how the national parks can be made an even more meaningful part of our personal lives, especially because they are today under siege from various quarters.
Huge new complex proposed
Huge new complex proposed
Reynolds Metals Co. has announced a proposal to build a uranium enrichment plant near Buffalo, Wyo., that would cost at least $2.2 billion.
Aquatic deserts on the march
Aquatic deserts on the march
The portion of the Logan River in Utah's Cache Valley was a brown trout haven -- until the Army Corps of Engineers dredged the stream for flood control, removing much of the vegetation that provided ideal habitat.
Last chance for wilderness
Last chance for wilderness
The Wilderness Act set a 1974 deadline for considering all remaining primitive and roadless areas for wilderness designation, and as that deadline approaches, controversy is stirring in the Rocky Mountains about how to treat those wild lands.
Justice is prostituted! Is Werner to go free?
Justice is prostituted! Is Werner to go free?
It has now been seven months since helicopter pilot James Vogan went before a Senate subcommittee and revealed the illegal deaths of hundreds of eagles on Herman Werners's Wyoming ranch -- what has happened to justice?
Montana air bartered
Montana air bartered
Montana Governor Forrest Anderson effectively sabotaged that state's air pollution program by refusing to sign the proposed implementation of federal standards.
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