EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
Climate showdown on the Willamette in Oregon
Climate showdown on the Willamette in Oregon
Activists target shipping hubs to influence fossil fuel development in Alaska.
Taking control of the machine
Taking control of the machine
Loggers and environmental activists are determined to restore Montana's Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest, with or without the help of the Forest Service.
Green and mean
The Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund is building on the strategy it used to boot anti-environmental Republican Congressman Richard Pombo out of office in 2006.
Population’s Paul Revere?
Frosty Wooldridge sees himself as a kind of Paul Revere, tirelessly warning the West about overpopulation – especially in the form of illegal immigrants.
Interior launches national conversation on federal coal
Interior launches national conversation on federal coal
Should royalties be higher to account for social costs of climate change?
Interior's new secretary — general or foot soldier?
Newly appointed Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne has a chance to use his deal-making abilities to bring change to the way Western public lands are managed
Burning down the house
Despite the promises of the Healthy Forests Act, the Bush administration has proposed sweeping cuts to community fire programs in the West
ESA talks end in stalemate
A working group of 23 experts convened by the nonprofit Keystone Center could not reach consensus over how to reform the Endangered Species Act’s critical habitat provisions
Pombo takes on the Endangered Species Act
On his 12th attempt, Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Calif., succeeds in pushing a bill through the U.S. House designed to reform the Endangered Species Act and end critical habitat protection
Jim Thrash: A solid man
A eulogy for conservationist Jim Thrash, who died in the Canyon Creek fire.
Keeper of the wildlife
Biologist Les Bighorn, a Dakota Sioux, works to restore the swift fox to its native landscape on the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Reservation.
A Montana rancher stands his ground against subdivision
An 86-year-old lifelong rancher named Vernon Gliko is donating his entire 1,800-acre Montana ranch as a conservation easement.
Wyoming’s day in the spin
Ed Quillen looks behind the recent brouhaha of Wyoming’s Democratic caucuses, and speculates on Hillary Clinton’s response to Barack Obama’s victory in the state.
Native Intelligence
Lili Singer is in love with California’s native plants and wants to share that love with other people.
3:10 to Baghdad
In the desert outside of Yuma, Ariz., the United States military prepares for overseas combat.
Stay in the Hunt
Jim Posewitz believes hunters can help save the planet with their clear-sighted, on-the-ground conservation ethic.
We’re in a land of Lincoln
For better and for worse, the West of today was created by Abraham Lincoln and the early Republican Party.
I was a closet environmentalist
Roger Muggli might be the busiest man in eastern Montana, what with his family farm, his feed-pellet plant, his dedicated work on water issues and his quiet, steadfast environmentalism.
Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation
Murkowski unveils energy plan for the nation
Highlights and what it would mean for Western states.
Drought bill aims to build dams to alleviate water shortages
Drought bill aims to build dams to alleviate water shortages
Despite the drought, agriculture in California is in better shape than you might think.