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  • A Q&A with former Colorado National Monument head Joan Anzelmo

    A Q&A with former Colorado National Monument head Joan Anzelmo

    The retired Park Service superintendent stands by her controversial decision not to allow a major bike race in the monument, and continues to be passionate about preserving landscapes.

  • Blood spills over a $14 camping fee

    In the wake of a confrontation over a camping fee that ended in a tourist’s death, a former park ranger remembers a frightening incident from his own career

  • Business booster still guides national park rules

    Conservationists fear that the new National Park Service management policy will reduce environmental protection at the expense of commercial interests

  • The year 2011, in apocalyptic weather events

    The year 2011, in apocalyptic weather events

    Fire and flood, snowstorms and droughts, downburst winds and desert haboobs -- 2011 brought incredibly wacky weather to the West.

  • Eggstraction

    Eggstraction

    A California condor chick hatches in Pinnacles National Monument, the first one born there in a century.

  • A good ranger stands up to bad bureaucrats

    A good ranger stands up to bad bureaucrats

    National Park Service ranger Robert Danno is still being punished by the agency he loves, despite being vindicated for his work as a whistleblower eight years ago.

  • The national park popularity contest

    The national park popularity contest

    An Oklahoma senator’s financial fix for our national treasures.

  • Paul Fritz left a unique legacy for the Park Service

    The late Paul Fritz is remembered as a conservationist whose years in the Park Service reflect a man who was independent and outspoken.

  • Jim Detterline to the rescue

    Park Ranger Jim Detterline battles the agency he loves over its insistence that a hearing impairment makes him unfit for his job.

  • Unnatural Preservation

    Public-land managers in the era of global warming face uncomfortable choices: Do they intervene to protect dying plants and animals, or stand back and let this new version of “nature” take its course?

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