EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
The House wants to change how regulations are made
The House wants to change how regulations are made
At stake is the power agencies have long used to protect people and nature.
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Under the 44th president, the West re-examined its relationship to energy and the climate.
In the final days, our POC-in-chief delivers
In the final days, our POC-in-chief delivers
Obama’s monument designations set a blueprint for diversity and inclusion in federal public lands.
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
Obama’s efforts to help small-scale ranchers competing against Big Ag were blocked and ultimately fell short.
Meet the man helping the Park Service prepare for a hotter future
Meet the man helping the Park Service prepare for a hotter future
Patrick Gonzalez walks the walk when it comes to climate action.
Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
Interior cancels oil and gas leases in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
The Blackfeet Tribe fought for this decision for more than 30 years.
Trump’s Interior pick confounds conservationists
Trump’s Interior pick confounds conservationists
Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke evokes Roosevelt, but his record has veered away from environmental protection.
Obama, close the wolf-killer loophole
Obama, close the wolf-killer loophole
Hunters, whether they mean to or not, should face consequences for killing endangered species.
In Canada, a move to protect data from Trump
In Canada, a move to protect data from Trump
Researchers and citizens are rushing to back-up government data on climate change and other issues, fearing political interference.
Ski areas add warm-weather options
Ski areas add warm-weather options
Forest Service has made it easier for resorts to include summer activities.
House Republicans want to ‘repeal and replace’ the ESA
House Republicans want to ‘repeal and replace’ the ESA
After attempts to chip away at the law bill by bill, Utah Rep. Rob Bishop says he’d rather scrap the Endangered Species Act altogether.
For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
Obama created national monuments at Bears Ears and Gold Butte, sites with huge significance to Native Americans.
U.S. House changes its rules to ease federal land transfers
U.S. House changes its rules to ease federal land transfers
The Western movement to transfer federal lands scores an early victory in the new Congress.
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
The staff of High Country News discuss the 44th president’s impact on the West’s land, energy and the environment.
Last chance for the Lobo
Mexican Wolves in Catron County, New Mexico struggle to survive in the midst of underfunding, inbreeding, and hostile local ranchers.
Bears Ears a go — but here’s where Obama drew the line
Bears Ears a go — but here’s where Obama drew the line
The designation’s concessions are unlikely to appease ardent opponents.
A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
While consensus supporting a designation grew, many Utah politicians argued that the president’s action is an abuse of power.
How a federal land transfer could give California its key to secession
How a federal land transfer could give California its key to secession
Fundamental changes in federal land ownership could become more politically feasible than ever.
How Obama began to mend broken tribal relations
How Obama began to mend broken tribal relations
Native American leaders say Obama’s legacy is this: He listened.
What to do if you’re angry about ‘our new corporate overlords’
What to do if you’re angry about ‘our new corporate overlords’
Regard your wallet as your daily voting booth.