EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
In Utah, the fight for a Bears Ears monument heats up
In Utah, the fight for a Bears Ears monument heats up
In a place where history, culture and geography intermingle, ‘local’ can be hard to define.
Female firefighters threaten to sue the Forest Service — again
Female firefighters threaten to sue the Forest Service — again
Four decades after the first allegations of discrimination, some say little has changed.
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
California, Arizona and Nevada are back in negotiations about the dwindling Colorado River water supply.
National Park Service centennial shares limelight with scandals
National Park Service centennial shares limelight with scandals
Chief Jon Jarvis faces ethical challenges and questions about the agency’s approach to sexual harassment.
Could the ouster of California environmental agency leaders imperil clean air and beach access?
Could the ouster of California environmental agency leaders imperil clean air and beach access?
High-profile turnover at state agencies reflect a culture split between grassroots demands and developer interests.
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
How a small-time mining dispute in Oregon readied a network of militias for the Malheur occupation.
Lawmakers scramble to fix the funding problem in Oregon’s timber counties
Lawmakers scramble to fix the funding problem in Oregon’s timber counties
A few of the proposals to stop the bleeding in rural timber-dependent counties.
Bigger fires and evolving threats force changes in the Northwest Forest Plan
Bigger fires and evolving threats force changes in the Northwest Forest Plan
Dynamic forests require flexible management
Northwest Forest Plan timeline
Northwest Forest Plan timeline
A brief history of the Northwest Forest Plan
Interior Department waffles on Arctic oil and gas leasing
Interior Department waffles on Arctic oil and gas leasing
The federal government is asking Alaska Natives which areas are too sensitive to drill.
Solar gardens grow slowly out West
Solar gardens grow slowly out West
Legislative barriers to more widespread community solar remain, although some states are taking action.
The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs
The rise of the Sagebrush Sheriffs
How rural ‘constitutional’ peace officers are joining the war against the feds.
Can a legal victory make Indian Country whole again?
Can a legal victory make Indian Country whole again?
For over a century, federal law has split Native American land holdings into tiny pieces. A settlement unites some of the splinters, but at a steep cost.
Drugged up fishes, Bundy’s feral cattle, and a how-to for cannibalism
Drugged up fishes, Bundy’s feral cattle, and a how-to for cannibalism
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Why Rep. Rob Bishop’s promises of wilderness ring false
Why Rep. Rob Bishop’s promises of wilderness ring false
Famed forester Bob Marshall foreshadowed the loss of untouched lands in Utah.
In rare bipartisan decision, Senate approves Yakima water projects
In rare bipartisan decision, Senate approves Yakima water projects
Conservation, wilderness and water provisions long in the works were added to the massive energy bill.
In Washington, the Nooksack 306 fight to stay in their tribe
In Washington, the Nooksack 306 fight to stay in their tribe
An internecine battle rages over tribal membership and identity.
Fairy tales about the West are fueling public lands conflict
Soundtable: The West and the White House
Soundtable: The West and the White House
Experts discuss this year’s presidential race and what Western issues are coming to the fore.
Western nativism has a rotten odor