Politics

Reckoning with History: How the once-radical Endangered Species Act was weakened
Reckoning with History: How the once-radical Endangered Species Act was weakened
The ESA started out strong, but opponents have chipped away at the landmark law.
Study of missing and murdered Indigenous women highlights police data failures
Study of missing and murdered Indigenous women highlights police data failures
Poor data collection by law enforcement creates a significant hurdle to understanding the crisis.
Edward Abbey’s warnings were right
Edward Abbey’s warnings were right
Author Amy Irvine’s answer to the classic ‘Desert Solitaire’ on its 50th anniversary.
Success formula: don't waste time losing
Priscilla Robinson, the director of the Southwest Environmental Service, says that the key to lobbying is to recognize that the political person is a whole person and to give him a chance.
Cattle ranching in a recreational area
Bob Child, a rancher in Colorado's Roaring Fork Valley, is trying to promote an experimental program aimed at preserving what's left of the valley's cattle grazing industry.
A lifetime watching the wilderness
Ann and Myron Sutton are students and teachers of the wilderness, having studied hundreds of wilderness areas in nearly 40 countries and written over 20 books on the wild outdoors.
Mike Frome nails resource scandals
Conservation writer Michael Frome is well-qualified to comment on the risks of speaking out -- he's spent much of his career nailing down natural resource scandals and naming the people responsible, and has lost two jobs for his candor.
John McComb: a natural for the job
People envy John McComb, Southwest Representative of the Sierra Club, because they think he gets paid to hike through the deserts and mountains surrounding Tuscon, Arizona. But he works 70-80 hours per week, believing that dedication and patience are two essential qualities for his profession.
Grand Canyon hike changed his life
Ten years after Juel Rodack and his wife took an awe-inspiring hike into the Grand Canyon, only to emerge and learn of plans for the Marble and Bridge Canyon Dams, the group they formed in response, Arizonans for Water Without Waste, is one of the most influential environmental groups in the Southwest.
Charlie Scott: from Wyoming to Washington D.C. (and back again)
Charlie Scott, a rancher south of Casper Mountain in Wyoming, challenged himself as a bureaucrat in Washington D.C. for five years, but is pleased to be back in the West.
Utahn fights to save southwestern canyons
When conservationists get together to talk shop, June Viavant talks canyons. The Escalante Canyon, in particular, has been her obsession since the '60s.
Laney Hicks keeps Sierra Club on front page
Laney Hicks, the Northern Plains Representative of the Sierra Club, has made good on her goal of getting good press coverage.
Friend of the earth and strip mine showman
Ed Dobson wanted to be a baseball player, and later, a sports broadcaster. But a hike to the Grand Canyon clinched his future in the West, and he now runs a traveling show about the ills of strip mining.
Gadflying and gathering facts
Peter and Katherine Montague are dedicated to dissolving the reticence that has traditionally characterized Western towns, and have been building an "information bank" in the Southern Rockies.
Bridger-Teton's man in the middle
Jim Connor, a planner-coordinator for the Bridger-Teton National Forest, softens the blows from environmentalists and industry.
Rancher/environmentalist Art Fawcett
Despite his ranch duties and his job as chairman of the Wyoming group of the Sierra Club, Art Fawcett still finds time to add to an impressive collection of wildflower and wildlife photos and participate in local community life.
Naturalist Adolph Murie dies
During his 75 years, Adolph Murie wandered through the wilderness from Guatemala to Alaska, living with wolves on Mount McKinley, moose on Isle Royale, elk in the Olympics, and coyotes in Yellowstone.
Dorothy Bradley, legislator for the land
Montana State Representative Dorothy Bradley, a Democrat, had everything going against her when she first decided to run for the legislature on Earth Day in the spring of 1970. "I was the wrong age, wrong sex, and wrong party," she says.
Mitchell's mountains
Finis Mitchell, whose family came to Wyoming with a span of mules, a wagon, and a cow in 1906, has climbed 195 mountains, including Gannett Peak, the tallest point in Wyoming.
Egan O'Connor and nuclear pollution
Through a group called the Task Force Against Nuclear Pollution, Egan O'Connor has helped locate, computerize, and wave in front of Congress the names of nearly 81,000 Americans who want to turn off nuclear fission.
Mining down on the ranch
Carolyn and Irv Alderson, owners and operators of the Bones Brothers Ranch in Birney, Mont., could benefit from mining coal on their property, but say "in the end the productivity of the land is the only material thing on this earth that can be left for the future."
Bart Koehler, environmental advocate
Bart Koehler's construction days ended abruptly when The Wilderness Society gave him a call, wanting to know if he'd give up Florida to hike around the Rockies studying potential wilderness, take pictures and write field reports.
Louise Dunlop and the Coalition Against Strip Mining
For the last three years Louise Dunlop's life has centered around one word -- coal. She coordinates the Coalition Against Strip Mining, a group of about 30 organizations across the country.
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