EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
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.
Are the West's governors turning over a new (green)leaf?
The Western Governors' Assn. recently agreed unanimously on a "shared environmental doctrine," giving the federal and state governments shared responsibility for environmental protection - but some critics say it's just another push for states' rights.
He fought Oregon's developers
Former Sen. Ted Hallock recalls his 20 years in the Oregon Senate, particularly his work to pass his state's nationally recognized land-use planning law, a quarter-century ago.
The Oregon way
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, D, is determined to solve difficult problems - such as the recovery of his state's wild coastal coho salmon - at the state level, through consensus.
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.
Poll shows strong Latino support for conservation
Critics see GOP wildfire bill as attack on environmental protections
The West's crucial 2014 U.S. Senate races
Sons of Wichita: understanding the enigmatic Koch brothers
Battleground: an interactive map
HCN surveys the swingin' Western political landscape, state by state, with this interactive map.
Closure of federal sheep facility would be a victory for grizzlies
Native women fail to find justice
Congress fails to close a loophole that allows many non-natives to get away with crimes on reservations
Is the Clean Water Act under attack?
Is the Clean Water Act under attack?
Big Ag wants rollbacks in fundamental legislation.
Alaska’s Senate race and the fate of the West’s public lands
Alaska’s Senate race and the fate of the West’s public lands
Republicans look to Alaska in their bid to overtake the U.S. Senate.
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.
Border out of control
Border out of control
National security runs roughshod over the Arizona wild.
A wild paradox
A wild paradox
How we interface with wilderness.
A historic moment for the Clean Air Act
A historic moment for the Clean Air Act
How it arrived and how much it matters for the climate.
Reflections on the Wilderness Act at 50
Reflections on the Wilderness Act at 50
The concept may need some rethinking, but it's still an important way to preserve some of our most treasured land.
The Latest: 20,000 Utah acres protected from drilling
The Latest: 20,000 Utah acres protected from drilling
A landswap that will keep the oil and gas industry from Desolation Canyon.