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Why I’m cheering golf’s steep decline
Why I’m cheering golf’s steep decline
Thank millennials and a poor economy for the sport’s falling popularity.
Latest: Mixed progress for Park Service on harassment
Latest: Mixed progress for Park Service on harassment
Interior Department clears former Yosemite superintendent of discrimination — and reports evidence for sexual harassment at Yellowstone.
Land transfer advocates steer their focus to monuments
Land transfer advocates steer their focus to monuments
A transfer movement moves to rescind monuments and weaken the Antiquities Act.
Two factions face off over Grand Staircase-Escalante
Two factions face off over Grand Staircase-Escalante
A community in gridlock over the monument’s future.
Winter snows bring spring flows
Winter snows bring spring flows
After a record low two years ago, this season’s substantial Sierra snowpack highlights the variability of winter weather in the West.
California isn’t accounting for this major emitter
California isn’t accounting for this major emitter
Even though large reservoirs emit methane, the state doesn’t off-set their impact.
Congress is running out of time to repeal Obama orders
Congress is running out of time to repeal Obama orders
An effort to rescind the methane rule could fizzle.
Who will pay for unsexy repairs in national parks?
Who will pay for unsexy repairs in national parks?
Congress discusses how to prioritize the Park Service’s maintenance backlog.
Week in review: April 7
Week in review: April 7
Trump helps controversial water project in Mojave; EPA cuts; DAPL doubts.
West Obsessed: What drives explosive wildfires?
West Obsessed: What drives explosive wildfires?
High Country News staff discusses science behind increasingly devastating blazes.
Oregon youths get another chance at learning outdoors
Oregon youths get another chance at learning outdoors
Outdoor School tries to give children common ground on conservation.
What happens when all the animals are gone?
What happens when all the animals are gone?
We are heading for a time when wildlife no longer exists.
A conversation with Obama’s top Interior lawyer
A conversation with Obama’s top Interior lawyer
A look at how the department has changed its relationships with tribes, and at legal battles on the horizon.
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A tribe wins rights to contested groundwater in court
A major federal court decision acknowledges that tribes have priority rights to groundwater — and could limit how much other users can take.
How environmentalists could do more for Bears Ears
How environmentalists could do more for Bears Ears
On issues of industrial recreation, green groups say too little.
What the West was like before the EPA
What the West was like before the EPA
The agency’s legacy isn’t perfect, but the region’s air and water are cleaner now than they once were.
Spring’s skipped issue, and corrections
Spring’s skipped issue, and corrections
Raven wordplay: Corvus, Corvax and Corax.
Inside the firestorm
Inside the firestorm
New technology allows scientists to see the forces behind the flames.