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  • Public-lands agenda turns more radical, urgent

    Rep. Richard Pombo has inserted a provision in the House budget bill that will reform United States mining law to allow for the selling off of public lands

  • Quest for darkness

    Chad Moore and the members of the Park Service Night Sky Team keep an eye on the stars in the nation’s parks and monuments.

  • Two weeks in the West

    EPA stymies California’s attempt to cut tailpipe emissions; the West is growing but not sure where its next meal or drink of water will come from; increasing amounts of ammonium – and guns – in the parks; avalanche fatalities are up.

  • The Latest Bounce

    Who rewrote Park Service’s management policies?; judge permits building of U.S.-Mexico border fence; Superintendent David Hunsaker leaves Utah’s Escalante National Monument; judge says Forest Service blew his ruling out of proportion

  • Our best idea

    Our best idea

    A family trip out West in 1959, when he was 9 years old, inspired Dayton Duncan to make a new documentary series with Ken Burns, called The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.

  • What the president can do for conservation

    What the president can do for conservation

  • Judge vaporizes Yellowstone snowmobile ban

    Judge Clarence Brimmer strikes down Clinton's ban on snowmobiles in Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, but another lawsuit may still bring limits on traffic

  • The Battle over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism

    In The Battle over Hetch Hetchy, history professor Robert Righter chronicles the damming of the Hetch Hetchy Valley in California’s Yosemite National Park

  • The meeting of heaven and earth

    A park ranger talks about the increasing practice of mourners scattering the ashes of loved ones outdoors in national parks.

  • Natural diversity

    Wayne Hare, a black park ranger, talks about the importance of diversity for the future of the West

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