Archives of Conservation News Stories in Western Wolf Country

The stories below are roughly arranged in chronological order. Be sure to scroll down so you don't miss updated stories. Unless it is in quotes, the commentary is mine.

Please be aware that not all articles and links will be working because some of the sources do not keep archives.

Articles from September and October 2002-

10-31-2002. Helena man whacks dog-chomping cougar with a stick. AP.

10-31-2002. Energy development fragments public lands. By Cat Lazaroff. ENS. "Oil and gas development causes habitat fragmentation that extends far beyond the physical structures of the oil or gas field, argues a new analysis by The Wilderness Society."

10-30-2002. Conservation groups seek to restore gray wolf to Washington state. By Matthew Daly. Seattle Times.

10-30-2002. Wasting disease found north of border. By Jennifer McKee.Billings Gazette State Bureau. The nightmare disease has moved to just north of Montana.
10-30-2002. Tests show no chronic wasting disease in Nevada. Associated Press. Good news in Nevada.

10-30-2002. Whistleblower claim over Klamath: Federal biologist alleges political pressure led to water policy. MSNBC. Everyone who has followed the issue, on both sides, knows the massive kill of wild salmon recently on the lower Klamath River was due to Interior Secretary Gail Norton and an Ag Secretary Anne Venneman's order to give the water to the farmers in the Klamath Basin and let the Indians and coastal fishermen suffer. Now a brave public servant has stepped forward with the "goods," and it leads all the way to the White House.

10-29-2002. Timber mill to close in Libby, Montana. By Jennifer McKee. Missoulian. While anti-environmental politicians talk about how environmentalists hurt timber jobs by restraining logging, this is yet another timber mill closing because of low timber prices, not lack of supply, which would raise timber prices.

10-28-2002. Oh, give me land, lots of land. Frank Clifford on the latest chapter in America's range wars. CalendarLive on This is a well written review of several recent controversial books on the arid western lands and western public land grazing.

10-28-2002. Forests Show Resilience as Fires Pass. Despite grim evaluations during summer, officials say large swaths only lightly burned. Some areas are the better for a needed cleaning. By Bettina Boxall, Los Angles Times Staff Writer. (note: LA Times requires a free, but kind of irritating registration).

10-28-2002. Wyoming Game and Fish Commission to reconsider stance on wolf today and Tuesday. Missoulian.

10-26-2002. Danger lurks in Yellowstone Lake. Undiscovered until now, hydrothermal vents could explode. By Jim Erickson, Rocky Mountain News.

10-27-2002. 133 horses in Montana have contracted West Nile virus so far. Missoulian.
10-26-2002. Idaho: Canyon horse has West Nile virus. Veterinarian says animal has been in states with virus. Idaho Statesman.

10-25-2002 (pub. on 10-22). Tearing up the backcountry. ATVs ruining the hunting for Colorado outfitters. Vail Daily.

10-25-2002. Forest fire expert makes important point: forest fire risk is a cultural concept, not a scientific one. Missoulian, By Jeff Bernard.

10-25-2002. Big water pollution lawsuit filed against BLM over Nevada public land grazing. Missoulian. By Scott Sonner.

10-23-2002. Cattle rancher seeks to eradicate wolves east of Jackson Hole. Rudy Stanko seeks support to kill wolves on the Bridger-Teton National Forest. By Rebecca Huntington. Jackson Hole Guide. Of course, this is not legal, but Fremont County, WY commissioners have recently been challenging the federal government and the State of Wyoming by declaring grizzlies and wolves illegal species in the county. A number of rural western counties have tried to invalidate federal laws and regulations since the early 1990s. These efforts have met with no success because the United States Constitution is the supreme law of the land. Moreover, counties have no sovereignty even at the state level -- they can be created, abolished, and have their powers enlarged or withdrawn by the actions of the state government.
Stanko is wrong. The U.S. Constitution does give Congress the power to regulate wildlife. This power of Congress to regulate wildlife was first upheld by the courts when the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 was challenged. See Missouri v. Holland 1920. There have been many other cases, and last, in 2001, the US Supreme Court Supreme Court declined to review the constitutionality of the Endangered Species Act (Gibbs v. Babbitt), letting the appeals court decision stand.

10-23-2002. Temblor rattles Star Valley, Wyoming area. By Rebecca Huntington. Jackson Hole Guide

10-23-2002. Fall signals end of West Nile -- for now. CNN. It will be back next year, and I predict governments will be woefully unprepared.
My earlier thoughts on West Nile. Asleep on the job. The spread of West Nile Virus. by Ralph Maughan. Oct. 6, 2002

10-23-2002. The message of 30,000 dead salmon. By Katherine Vandemoer. Opinion. 'Writers on the Range. High Country News. The Bush administration is responsible for the massive death of wild salmon on the Klamath river says Vandermoer.

10-23-2002. Humans use 83% of the land surface of the Earth. Little pristine area left. CNN.

10-23-2002. Wolf kills sheep; officials decide not to retaliate. By Sherry Devilin. Missoulian. Ninemile Valley A hobby farmer refuses to protect his sheep so US Fish and Wildlife Service says they won't kill the wolf.

10-22-2002. West Yellowstone  looks for ways to diversify winter economy. By Nick Gevock. Bozeman Chronicle Chronicle Staff Writer.

10-22-2002. YNP tries out high tech system to warm people of wildlife on busy US 191. Rocky Mountain News.
Over the last decade, vehicles along the four-mile segment of US 191 killed almost 150 large animals. That includes 110 elk, 15 coyotes, 7 deer, 3 moose, a black bear, and 6 wolves.

10-22-2002. Magma gathers under one of the Three Sisters volcano near Bend, Oregon. Salem Statesman-Journal.

10-20-2002. US Appeals Court Upholds Clinton National Monuments. By Theo Stein. Denver Post. Good news for now, but if control of the Senate changes there will be no stopping the right wing judges that will flood the courts.

10-19-2002. Want a Guide for Voting? Blue Ribbon Coalition rates members of Congress. This is the first time this anti-wilderness, pro-drilling in the national monuments, ATV/jet ski/snowmobile organization has rated Congress.
Here are the votes BRC used to rate Congress. House. US Senate.

10-19-2002. Conservation groups want to restore wolves to Oregon. By Paul Fattig. Southern Oregon Mail Tribune.

10-19-2002. ATV/snowmobile rental on the shores of Hebgen Lake rejected. Bozeman Daily Chronicle. By Nick Gevock. This is good news for the peace and quiet of the area, wildlife, and local landowners in this area just west of Yellowstone National Park.

10-17-2002. Hunting, fishing, wildlife viewing vital to Montana and Wyoming economies. Billings Gazette. By Mike Stark

10-17-2002. Trumpeter Swan numbers down 25% in Greater Yellowstone. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette.

10-17-2002. CWD testers bracing for rush. 20,000 elk, deer heads to be tested. By Theo Stein
Denver Post Environment Writer.
Related 10-15-2002. Deluge of CWD testing expected. Labs prep amid hunting season. By Theo Stein. Denver Post Environment Writer. With the advent of mass testing for chronic wasting disease, labs around the country expect as many as 70,000 deer and elk heads may be submitted.

10-16-2002. Wyoming is ripe for a large earthquake. AP

10-16-2002. Yellowstone National Park officials go after Ranger Jackson again this year. Rocky Mountain News. By Matt Gouras, Associated Press. Last year there were many articles about the Park Service's attempts to muzzle the South Boundary ranger, who is much disliked by some outfitters in the Thorofare who use unethical practices to lure elk out of the Park. Last year "Action Jackson" beat those who wanted to muzzle him. They are after him again this year. Senator Grassley of Iowa is trying to help Jackson.

10-15-2002. Idaho Farm Bureau liked Peter Jennings Program. Farm Bureau Capitol Reflections.

10-15-2002. Wide difference in U.S. Senate candidates in Wyoming,, including wolves. Billings Gazette. The Democrat is clearly imore favorable to wolves.

10-14-2002. Oregon officials preparing for wolves. By Rachel Odell. Bend Bulletin.

10-14-2002. Book targets cattle grazing in Grand Teton park. New coffee table book — sent to members of Congress — calls for an end to public-land grazing.. By Rebecca Huntington. Jackson Hole Guide

10-14-2002. Gas hit seen as wildlife threat. Coal bed methane discovery in Sublette County could hinder Grand Teton migration. By Whitney Royster. Jackson Hole News.
Related story. 10-14-2002. Conservationists appeal oil, gas exploration. • Conservationists: seismic mapping will harm wildlife, including pronghorn and mule deer that summer in Jackson Hole. By Rebecca Huntington. Jackson Hole Guide. The oil and gas exploration and development in the Green River Basin could put an end to any hope of restoring Jackson Hole elk to more than winter feedlot status, and it could wipe out the pronghorn entirely.

10-13-2002. Energy bill said to be near death. Washington Post. By Peter Behr and Dan Morgan.Let's home this piece of legislation written by the energy companies to address the energy crisis they created soon breathes its last. Contact your members of Congress and ask them to drive a stake through its heart to make sure it dies.

10-9-2002. Suit seeks to put wolverine on endangered species list. Billings Gazette. One of the new threats to wolverines is the high-powered snowmobiles. Wolverines den up high in the snow. This was once a very safe remote place for their cubs, but now super-powered machines come blasting through these areas.

10-9-02. Head of task force vows strict snowmobile emission limits in GTNP and Yellowstone. Billings Gazette. By Mike Stark.

10-8-2002. Superintendent of Yosemite National Park retires rather than carry out Bush anti-wilderness agenda in Great Smokies National Park. Washington Post. David Mihalic, the superintendent at Yosemite, has resigned rather than be transferred to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in North Carolina where he is supposed to go because "there are some things we [Bush administration] want you to do that haven't gotten done." These truly are trying times. Many more people will be asked to choose between protecting our environment and carrying water for this brown administration.

10-8-2002. Ozone air pollution on the rise in Yellowstone Park. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette, but Yellowstone is the 4th cleanest national park.

10-7-2002. Beartooth Highway being rebuilt. Salt Lake Tribune. By Brian Maffly. It looks like the transportation bureaucrats are doing their usual job -- a one-size-fits-all approach that treats perhaps the most scenic highway in America the same as any strictly utilitarian highway.

10-6-2002. Exotics threaten park. Non-native species alter Yellowstone’s natural landscape. By Chris Hunt, Assistant Managing Editor. Idaho State Journal.
10-6-2002. Tiny interloper is big problem in fabled Madison River. By Chris Hunt, Assistant Managing Editor

10-6-2002. West Nile Virus. Government sleeps while disease spreads across the continent. By Ralph Maughan

10-6-2002. Trout hybridization expanding in Montana. AP.

10-5-2002. The Internet is the best source of news about the environment. BBC. By Alex Kirby.

10-4-2002. Canada's prime minister proposes expansion of Waterton National Park, just north of U.S., Glacier N.P. Kalispell Daily Interlake. By Jim Mann. Looks like there is a lot of support for expansion of the Park except for Fording Coal Co., but then the 30 year battle to protect this country has been in large a fight to prevent open pit coal mines in the area.
10-4-2002. Rising Waterton. By Sherry Devlin. Missoulian. "Canada announces plans to expand Glacier's sister park." It looks like general celebration.

10-4-2002. Idaho Fish and Game Commission finally acts on Chronic Wasting Disease. Idaho Statesman.

10-4-2002. Swift fox to be restored to South Dakota with release Oct. 7 on Turner Ranch. Billings Gazette.

10-3-2002. "Compromise" forest thinning plan reached in the House." Denver Post. By Mike Soraghan. This bill would keep roads out of the roadless areas and compromise on the restrictions on citizen appeals, and compromise on the acreage to be thinned. There is no word how this would be paid for since not a single appropriations bill has cleared Congress this year due to 3-way gridlock between the Senate Democrats, House Republicans, and President Bush. The new fiscal year with its 13 separate appropriations bills was supposed to begin Oct. 1.  If anyone thinks revenue from cutting big trees will fund this, they don't know about the historic lack of revenue generated by timber sales on the national forests.

10-3-2002. West Nile virus is here -- bird tests positive in Pend Oreille County. By Debera Carlton Harrell. Seattle Post-Intelligencer. West Nile virus has arrived in the state of Washington. Newport, WA is on the Idaho border and close to British Columbia.

10-2-2002. Park plans to trump EPA. Sleds will be held to higher standards than feds allow for ATVs. By  Whitney Royster. Jackson Hole News.

10-2-2002. Dead Deer Walking. Field and Stream. By Hal Herring. This is on chronic wasting disease. The traditional hook and bullet interests are waking up to the threat.

10-2-2002. Klamath River salmon die-off follows classic design of epidemics. By Andy Dworkin. Oregonian.

10-1-2002. Hamilton Stores loses Yellowstone contract after 87 years. Company will disband. Billings Gazette.

10-1-2002. Wyoming river drainages are West Nile Highways. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette.

10-1-2002. Water pollution grows in U.S. due to lack of spending on facilities, EPA says. ENN

9-30-2002. Bush gunning for the granddaddy of environmental laws. Editorial by the New York Times. This administration's hostility to protect of the Earth seems to have no limits.

9-30-2002. Chronic wasting disease found in new locations in Wisconsin, dashing hopes it is contained. Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. "The discovery of chronic wasting disease in deer on deer farms in Portage and possibly Walworth counties threatens to shatter the slim hopes for this deer season that many hunters, landowners and deer farmers shared."

9-29-2002. Buried treasure? Bush administration official touts Montana's coal bed methane potential. By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Daily Chronicle. This story shows the witless guile that has inhabited the Dept. of Interior under sometime oilman George Bush.
9-30-2002. Salmon die-off fears become harsh reality. The Oregonian by Michael Milstein and Jim Barnett. Gale Norton knew perfectly well last spring what would happen when she gleefully abandoned the Native Americans and commercial fisherman and turned the water out of Klamath Lake.  Her stewardship of the salmon and water rights for Native Americans has been the same as her stewardship of the Indian trust accounts for which she was just cited for contempt of court after billions of dollars were missing (not all on her watch).
9-30-2002. Opinion of the Oregonian. Belly up on the Klamath

9-28-2002. Bull elk with chronic wasting disease shot by hunter on Colorado's west slope. Denver Post. More grim news about the nightmare disease's spread.

9-28-2002. Evidence mounts that mountain lions are back in Great Smokies National Park. By Morgan Simmons.

9-28-2002. Long Live Coyote. By Dan Whipple. UPI. Coyote's dominance among American predators and coyote's tendency to kill sheep are due in part to the killing off of wolves and other predators, coupled with ranchers' endless  efforts to kill coyotes indiscriminately, which has simply led to a more wary and versatile predator.

9-28-2002. As Thousands of Salmon Die in the Klamath River, Fight for River Erupts Again. New York Times. By Tim Egan.
9-28-2002. Federal government releases water to stop salmon kill. 12,000 dead in a week in Klamath River. San Francisco Chronicle.

9-27-2002. Yellowstone to introduce mass transit. CNN. This is not an attempt to prevent people from using private vehicles, but to give them an option. It appears the mass transit option will not be available soon.

9-26-2002. Key government experts' testimony on Yellowstone snowmobiling was deleted by Bush Administration. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette. If ever there was a case of "political" science!

9-26-2002. Key Interior official says wolf delisting will happen in 2003 By Scott McMillion. Bozeman Chronicle.

9-25-2002. Ninth U.S. Circuit upholds Western Watersheds Project win over abusive ranchers in the vast Owyhee area. WWP news release.
Related: Limits on Owyhee grazing upheld on appeal: Livestock allowed while environmental studies continue. Idaho Statesman.

9-25-2002. Montana Governor Martz hails industries as the "true environmentalists." Bozeman Daily Chronicle. By Scott McMillion.

9-24-2002. West Nile vaccine in the works. Scientists say protection could be available in three years. MSNBC. This virus is not going away. If they had started in 1999 when it first appeared we might have a vaccine by now.

9-24-2002. Filibuster continues to stop Bush forest fire plan. Washington Post. By Eric Pianin. The plan to prevent citizen appeals and lawsuits is 11 votes short. 60 votes are need to invoke cloture (a motion to end debate). Related. San Francisco Chronicle. Sierra Club issues unprecedented rebuke of Democrats Feinstein and Wyden on the "lawless logging" plans.
9-20-2002. Senators deadlock on forest thinning. Two Democrats, Craig criticize partisan disputes. Idaho Statesman.
This is very good news! Despite the headline above (written at the Statesman), if the Craig amendment had really been about thinning, instead of logging, and if it had really been crafted to protect homes rather than to log areas far from homes, a filibuster (the "special procedure" employed) would not have stopped the bill and the Democrats would have stayed on the legislation. Aside: who wrote the Statesman article? They didn't seem to know anything.
9-20-2002. Limit sought on logging appeals. New Bush rule would cut public input in fire areas. Zachary Coile, San Francisco Chronicle Washington Bureau. Stifled by Congress, Bush and the logging interests may try an administrative end run to take away your rights to appeal Forest Service decisions.

9-24-2002. Global warming model predicted '88 Yellowstone fires and 2002 Western wildlfire. Oregonian. By Richard Hill.

9-24-2002. Montana homeowner sues BLM over off-road vehicle use near his home. Helena Independent Record.

9-24-2002. Expanding Waterton Lakes National Park a good idea. Editorial by the Missoulian.

9-23-2002. Elk production lags in Gravelly Range. By Perry Backus. Montana Standard. The Gravelly Range is the next range west of the Madison Range, home to the Freezeout Wolf Pack. Those so inclined will so blame the wolves rather than the drought.
9-23-2002. Wyoming Outdoors: Drought tough on wildlife. By Bob Krumm. Billings Gazette.

9-23-2002. Bush Forest Plan might actually increase the risk of forest fires. Santa Fe New Mexican. My view: it may not be an accident that after 2 decades of the heaviest logging in the last 90 years, forest fires in the West began to increase, but it took the drought to really make the effects of logging show in the crowded, spindly  and now trees that regenerated after the logging.

9-23-2002. Plant life abounds despite massive Biscuit fire in Oregon. Missoulian. By Jeff Bernard. This is the fire President Bush sort of used as the backdrop for his "let's log the forest to save it" speech. Destruction was overrated (and it turns out the blackened forest from which the President spoke was a Forest Service burn, not part of the Biscuit Burn).

9-22-2002. Support to enlarge Waterton National Park grows. Missoulian. By Michael Jamison. Waterton NP in Alberta, adjoins Glacier NP in the US. The proposal is to add the British Columbia side of the Continental Divide to Waterton. It is an area of utmost important wildlife habitat, especially for wolves and grizzly bears.
Earlier. 2-2-2002. Study supports expansion of Waterton. By Michael Jamison. Missoulian.

9-21-2002. Tracking the trout wars. By Mike Stark. Billings Gazette Wyoming Bureau. This  story is on the continuing battle to keep the lake trout, exotic to Yellowstone Lake, from eating most of the yellowstone cutthroat trout upon which so much of wildlife depend.

9-19-2002. Opposition to Bush/Craig logging/forest fires plan is fierce. New York Times. By Timothy Egan. Here is my analogy: politicians are to forest fires as ambulance chasers are to car wrecks . . . Ralph Maughan
9-19-2002. Editorial. Kalispell Daily Interlake. Montana US Senator Baucus Forest Plan better than Bush-Craig.

9-17-2002. The first Colorado, West Nile Virus Victim is a Hunter. Rocky Mountain News. By Jim Erickson.

9-17-2002. Science sought to match Bush views. HHS replacing advisors that oppose administration’s agenda. By Rick Weiss. Washington Post. I think this is very frightening.

9-17-2002. The giant Steamboat Geyser erupts for second time this  year. Billings Gazette.

9-16-2002. Montana Forests Regenerate from the fires of 2000. By Mark Mathews. Special to the Washington Post.

9-14-2002. Wolves are returning to Utah. By Brent Israelsen. Salt Lake Tribune. Although this wolf killed some sheep, it is likely others are in the state. The Hardware Ranch, mentioned in the story, was one of my favorite boyhood places.

9-14-2002. Hundreds of Birds Killed by West Nile. Midwest Hardest Hit as Virus Spreads. By Kari Lydersen. Special to The Washington Post. West Nile hasn't come to Idaho yet. At dusk I watched hundreds of crows flock and wondered if it would be the last time.

9-16-2002. EPA emissions standards draw fire. Environmentalists outraged at ‘lenient’ off-road guidelines. MSNBC.
9-14-2002. Air Pollution Regulations Extended to Snowmobiles and ATVs. By Douglas Jehl. New York Times. Good news, although we not have them reduce emissions by 90% as automobiles did?

9-13-2002. San Rafael land swap gets a bit of new life. House panel approves bill, but OK from full House isn't assured. By Lee Davidson. Deseret News.
9-12-2002. Plans for a San Rafael Swell National Monument in Utah fade. Deseret News. By Lee Davidson.
Loss of federal dollars on land swap the reason.

9-13-2002. Challenger Brady Blasts Idaho Governor Kempthorne's Fish and Wildlife Decisions. Idaho Statesman. Candidate web sites: Brady for Idaho Governor web site. Incumbent 2002 Kempthorne for governor.

9-12-2002. Cascade, Idaho, original home of Boise-Cascade, has a new company that processes the tiny trees. MSNBC. By Dan Gallagher

9-12-2002. The forest fire/thinning/logging controversy deserves more debate than just a "rider" on the appropriations bill. Opinion of the Denver Post.

9-12-2002. Hills alive with sound of 'vroom.' Vehicles trespassing, tearing up forest land at Salt Lake City. By Sharon Haddock Deseret News staff writer. This isn't just a problem on the Wasatch Front in Utah. It is nationwide. There is really the need for an organization to put these abusers of private and public property in their place. It wouldn't have to be an environmental group, just a plain old property protection organization that gets their photo, turns them in, or sues them for damages.

9-12-2002. Alpha female of the Great Divide Pack near Helena dies after running into a car. Billings Gazette.

9-12-2002. When wolves go bad - according to us. By Wendy Beye. Writers on the Range.  About the Ninemile Pack of NW Montana.

9-11-2002. Western senators prepare forest management legislation. By Sherry Devilin of the Missoulian.

9-10-2002. Mexican gray wolves breeding in wild, feds say. AP

9-10-2002. Timber sales and burns will be used to protect YNP's East Entrance Corridor. By Carole Cloudwalker. Cody Enterprise.
9-6-2002. Trees just east of Yellowstone under attack. Billings Gazette.
The dying trees are being attacked by beetles. There is little doubt in my mind, having watched this before, that almost all the trees will die. A cold winter could stop the attack, but the basic problem is drought. After 3 years drought trees die by disease, fire, insects, or just plain thirst. Folks need to understand the fundamental forest problem in the West is lack of precipitation. It's the worst drought in a hundred years.

9-9-2002. Montana's foot in mouth governor. By Todd Wilkinson. Regional columnist. Headwaters News. This is another reason why state management of wolves is a bad idea for the time being.

9-8-2002. Officials kill 2 more Nilemile wolves, leaving 4 in the pack. Missoulian.
9-7-2002. Ninemile Landowner fed up with feeding wolves. By Sherry Devlin. Missoulian.
The Ninemile Pack is Montana's oldest. It is too bad that the are being jeopardized by some folks with a few hobby livestock. Some residents don't realize this wolf pack formed long before the wolf reintroduction.

9-8-2002. Sudden Oak Death has both Redwood loggers and Redwood anti-loggers worried.. New York Times. By Dean E. Murphy.

9-7-2002. Has the West Nile Virus Come to California? By Sabin Russell. San Francisco Chronicle.

9-7-2002. Norton: Logging must help pay for fire plan. Official says thinning must be profitable for timber cutters. Idaho Statesman. By Gregory Hahn. Secretary Norton has a point about the economics of thinning. If the small diameter thinned trees could be used, it would make a difference. If they are thinned, piled and burned, why not just burn them while standing? The administration is kidding itself or kidding us, however, if they think logging big trees to pay for thinning little trees will reduce the fire danger or pay for itself. Thinning little trees is tremendously expensive, and the commercial use of a few of the thinned trees won't pay for much.

9-6-2002. Forest Service's fire-prevention report skewed. The Olympian

9-5-2002. Sudden Oak Death Hits Firs and Redwoods, Posing Risk of Economic Damage. New York Times. By Carol Yoon. Sudden Oak Death, chronic wasting disease, AIDS, West Nile virus, snakehead fish, whirling disease, giant Asian hogweed -- a myriad of animals, plants, fish and microbes, out of their native habitat, are infecting the rest of the world. I think biological pollution is fast becoming our most serious threat.

9-5-2002. Earth Summit II ends in discord. MSNBC. Bush would get more support for the War on Terror if he wasn't tone deaf to the sound of other threats to world security.

9-5-2002. Breaching the 4 lower Snake River dams would not hurt economy says think tank study. Missoulian.

9-4-2002. Bush's forest policy underwritten by politics. By PAT WILLIAMS, Senior fellow and regional policy associate O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West. Williams was also a congressman from Montana for about 10 terms.

9-4-2002. A modest forest proposal for President Bush. By Jeff Golden. Writers on the Range. High Country News.

9-3-2002. Forest Service travel plan for the Rocky Mountain Front up for Review. By Sonja Lee, Great Falls Tribune. Forest Service travel plans are very important public documents because they determine which areas will be open or closed to motor vehicles. ATV riders take them very seriously which is one reason why ATVs are allowed to rip and tear up much of the forest landscape.
Related 9-4-2002. Many critics, few backers of motorized-travel plan. Associated Press.

9-3-2002. Only rain can prevent forest fires. By Ed Quillen. Special to the Denver Post

9-3-2002. Wyoming Game and Fish releases Summary of Public Comments on Wyoming Wolf Plan. AP. Unlike Idaho, Wyoming and Montana residents were allowed to comment on their states' wolf plans.

9-3-2002. Conservationists appeal Judge Downes Ruling on Golf Course in bald eagle habitat along Snake River downstream from Jackson. AP. Folks may remember it was Judge Downes who back in 1997, said all the reintroduced wolves had to be removed

9-2-2002. Too many elk in Yellowstone says Society for Range Management. Missoulian. Talk about a blast from the past? An article about too many elk in Yellowstone, replete with inaccurate figures from 5 years ago!
While the Friends of the Northern Range Elk says wolves have decimated the northern range elk population, the Society for Range Management harps again on a much older theme -- overabundant elk have irreparably damaged the northern range.
I wonder if news media will notice the contradiction between the two views? In fact, both views are wrong. Since the wolves have been reintroduced I have noticed the sprouting of cottonwood, aspen and willows from the first time since the year after the fires of 1988. Elk populations have declined the last 2 years, but are still at 12,000 (not 17,000 as the article says). I expect they will increase again when the drought ends.

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