EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
We're prepared to buy back our own land
We're prepared to buy back our own land
The federal government created a land-ownership mess for Native Americans, but there is a way out of it.
After 11 years, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reopens
After 11 years, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reopens
Increased border security means that all 517 square miles are again open to the public.
A reluctant rebellion in the Utah desert
A reluctant rebellion in the Utah desert
For ATVers at Recapture Canyon, realpolitik meets out-of-town zeal.
Sweeping new rule for Alaska's predator control
Sweeping new rule for Alaska's predator control
Federal versus state wildlife politics get even hotter.
Former governor Tony Knowles on Alaska's predator policies
Sons of Wichita: understanding the enigmatic Koch brothers
Lost in the woods
Lost in the woods
How the Forest Service is botching 4FRI, its biggest restoration project.
Map: Trashing the border
Map: Trashing the border
A map showing the extent of renegade roads along the Arizona-New Mexico border
The Wilderness Act turns 50 today
The Wilderness Act turns 50 today
High Country News coverage of the evolution of wilderness since 1970.
Border patrol runs roughshod on public lands
Border patrol runs roughshod on public lands
KDNK speaks with Ray Ring about damage to border ecology.
Dangerous game
Dangerous game
Western game wardens are hampered by huge territories, increased responsibilities and continuing budget cuts.
New Route to End Utah's Wilderness Stalemate
New Route to End Utah's Wilderness Stalemate
Can one of the West's most conservative, anti-federal lands lawmakers broker a mega-wilderness deal in the Beehive state?
Charles Bowden on The War Next Door
Charles Bowden on The War Next Door
On the U.S.-Mexico border, the corrupt and futile War on Drugs takes a violent toll on the poorest people.
Smoke and mirrors
Smoke and mirrors
Congress can’t seem to solve a big problem: how to pay for battling wildfires.
Two political elites prevail in Navajo primary melee
Two political elites prevail in Navajo primary melee
Shirley and Deschene pull ahead of 15 other candidates.
The Land and Water Fund waits to be tapped
Although the money in the Land and Water Conservation Trust Fund is usually taken for other purposes, this year Congress has agreed to spend the conservation trust fund for land and water conservation.
Democrats struggle to regain a foothold
Retired Democratic congressman Teno Roncalio says the Democratic party needs to redefine itself in Wyoming if it's going to regain any of its historic influence in the state.
Riding the Wyoming 'brand'
Wyoming's brand of insider politics is keeping the state in thrall to extractive industries and out of step with the rest of the West.
Forest Service’s mission goes up in flames
Forest Service’s mission goes up in flames
New report shows long-term firefighting costs eroding most other work.
A senator for the New West in the race of his life
Democrat Harry Reid brings a reputation for integrity, a record of environmentalism, and the toughness he kept from his hardscrabble Western upbringing into a challenging race for a third term as a U.S. Senator from Nevada.