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In monuments report, a skewed view of protections
In monuments report, a skewed view of protections
Under the Antiquities Act, landscapes like the Grand Canyon count as ‘objects’ that can be protected.
Border and immigration agents have too much power
Border and immigration agents have too much power
In July, ICE sent German foreign exchange students back home.
These six Western monuments face reductions
These six Western monuments face reductions
See photos of the landscapes singled out in the Interior Department’s recommendations.
Key stories for understanding the monuments memo
Key stories for understanding the monuments memo
Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has advised Trump to modify 10 designations.
Zinke’s fire memo calls for aggressive forest thinning
Zinke’s fire memo calls for aggressive forest thinning
The policy ignores major drivers of Western fire: weather and climate change.
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
A deep dive into a dismantled dam — and another in the planning stages.
The end of an epic butterfly journey?
The end of an epic butterfly journey?
As the Western monarch population declines, survivors may become stranded in a growing sea of houses and farm fields.
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Try as they might, two new films can’t escape old tropes.
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
The two nations are poised to sign an updated water pact to deal with drought.
Forest Service leadership lands in Southern hands
Forest Service leadership lands in Southern hands
A new chief steps in as Western forests blaze.
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
McCain resumes his quest for climate change action
The senator bucks his party on climate change, after years of silence.
‘Medicare for all’ would finally fulfill tribes’ treaty rights
‘Medicare for all’ would finally fulfill tribes’ treaty rights
The proposed plan is unlikely to pass, but would bolster the Indian health system.
Confederate monuments are glorifications of inequality
Confederate monuments are glorifications of inequality
A memorial comes down in Montana at the urging of American Indian leaders.
Why is a Trump operative so interested in Cliven Bundy?
Why is a Trump operative so interested in Cliven Bundy?
Roger Stone says he is heading to Nevada this week to call for a presidential pardon.
Send us a tip: How are your state lands managed?
Send us a tip: How are your state lands managed?
We’d like to know how your state is managing — or mismanaging — its trust lands or parks.
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
The West’s dramatic wildfire season, explained
A fire ecologist on how it happened, and why communities will have to adapt.
Sally Jewell defends Interior Department legacy
Sally Jewell defends Interior Department legacy
As Obama’s policies are rolled back, his last Interior secretary reviews what’s at stake.
Why are federal flood maps so flawed?
Why are federal flood maps so flawed?
The maps are expensive to maintain and shaped by local politics.
Trump administration erodes environmental protections
Trump administration erodes environmental protections
The courts have slowed some rollbacks but many have moved ahead.
A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge
A human-caused wildfire burns Oregon’s Columbia Gorge
In the Pacific Northwest, data shows people burn the places they love.