Recreation

Frackin’ on heaven’s door
Frackin’ on heaven’s door
How many people over the centuries have loved the Pawnee Buttes, only to see them ravaged?
The Gates of the Arctic, revealed
The Gates of the Arctic, revealed
From charging bears to glacier-carved valleys, photographs capture the real nature of the national park.
Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before
Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before
How the government tackled the post-war threats of national park ‘disfigurement’ and ‘destruction.’
Fees around the West
A comparison of the different fees for recreational use in different national forests, national parks and recreation areas around the West.
Land of the fee
While cash-strapped land managers praise the Recreation Fee Demonstration Program, some recreationists and activists rail against it, and others point out that the program isn't producing as much money as was hoped for.
Arizona gets a new monument
Locals seem resigned to President Clinton's creation of the new Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in northwest Arizona.
Off-road riders told to stay on the road
Throughout the West, off-road vehicles of all sorts are facing new regulations about where they can and can't go on public lands.
Snow surfers with a mission
The "Mountain Surf" chapter of the Surfrider Foundation in Bozeman, Mont., has started the Snowrider Project to protect water quality at ski areas.
Babbitt's wish list grows
On a recent Colorado visit, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt discusses possible land-protection measures for Black Ridge, outside of Grand Junction, and for 150,000 acres of archaeologically rich land near Cortez, Colo.
Kartchner Caverns State Park
Nov. 12 was the grand opening of Kartchner Caverns State Park near Tucson, Ariz.
Dirty air in the deep of winter
A new report, "Air Quality Concerns Related to Snowmobile Usage," says snowmobiles produce nearly all the air pollution in Yellowstone National Park.
Nonstop service to the Mojave Desert?
The Park Service says that a new Las Vegas airport, planned for a site 10 miles from California's Mojave National Preserve, will ruin the "solace and quiet" of the desert.
Ninety years of the Antiquities Act
A time line gives high points in the history of the Antiquities Act, which since 1906 has been used to designate many national parks and monuments.
Is the Grand Staircase-Escalante a model monument?
Superintendent Jerry Meredith has a management plan for Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante Nat'l Monument, the first park to be managed by BLM rather than Park Service, and many environmentalists and some locals praise the job he's doing.
Babbitt looks for support on his home turf
Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt would like to see a national monument for the Arizona Strip, a little-known region of the Shivwits Plateau northwest of the Grand Canyon.
Keeping Glacier Park intact
The Park Service has completed a new General Management Plan that will guide resource management in Glacier National Park for the next few decades.
ORVs run wild and free in Utah
In Utah, off-road vehicle recreation is exploding on the public lands, and beleaguered BLM officials are having trouble keeping up.
Volunteer work in the nation's parks
Student Conservation Association interns may volunteer to work in the nation's parks through the AmeriCorps program.
It should embarrass the Park Service
In his own words, Dave Simon, Southwest Regional director of the National Parks and Conservation Association, criticizes what the Park Service has done in Petroglyph.
You have to show you care
In his own words, Albuquerque's Open Space Division director Matthew Schmader discusses the problem of vandalism in the park, and how to prevent it.
An overall poor attitude
A Park Service team conducted an "oversight review" of Petroglyph National Monument that cited "communication and morale" as big problems for employees.
We're the good guys
In her own words, Petroglyph National Monument Supervisor Judith Cordova defends her record on the job.
Monumental chaos
New Mexico's Petroglyph National Monument is threatened by problems that include the runaway growth of the neighboring city of Albuquerque, disagreements over how to manage the resource, and a controversial, embattled superintendent, Judith Cordova.
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