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Forest Service confronts a popular hot springs’ overuse
Forest Service confronts a popular hot springs’ overuse
Rangers tackle the conundrum of protecting loved-to-death wilderness.
What I learned from Iraqi and Kurdish students in Montana
What I learned from Iraqi and Kurdish students in Montana
Seeing encounters between foreign students and rural Westerners was eye opening.
‘Flash drought’ threatens crops and cattle
‘Flash drought’ threatens crops and cattle
Exceptionally dry conditions in the northern Great Plains are devastating farmers and ranchers.
Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads
Do we have too many national monuments? 4 essential reads
How might Trump’s administration unmake a monument, and what’s at stake? Experts offer some answers.
Under new Interior Department plan, sage grouse will suffer
Under new Interior Department plan, sage grouse will suffer
New policies will prioritize oil and gas leasing over habitat.
A young hunter moves past death threats from afar
A young hunter moves past death threats from afar
The Apassingok family reflects on a formative kill of a whale and the social-media backlash.
Why I obsess about the names of plants and animals
Why I obsess about the names of plants and animals
Naming things makes individuals out of a landscape of birds, trees and bumblebees.
A far-right rally meets backlash in Seattle
A far-right rally meets backlash in Seattle
Violent clashes in Virgina over displays of Nazism set the stage for conflict in Washington state.
The West’s latest prospecting frenzy? Extraterrestrial gold.
The West’s latest prospecting frenzy? Extraterrestrial gold.
Companies are hunting for lithium near Moab, Utah.
How farmers can help keep salt out of the Colorado River
How farmers can help keep salt out of the Colorado River
The solution to a basin-wide problem may fall to individual irrigators.
The days of $10 senior National Park passes are ending
The days of $10 senior National Park passes are ending
And seniors are rushing to get one before they’re gone.
Why Montana shouldn’t hurry to hunt its recovering grizzlies
Why Montana shouldn’t hurry to hunt its recovering grizzlies
What’s the hurry? That’s how mistakes get made.
Zinke’s new No. 2 once lobbied for CA’s largest water district
Zinke’s new No. 2 once lobbied for CA’s largest water district
Despite accusations of conflicts of interest, David Bernhardt was confirmed as deputy Interior secretary.
La estafa del muro fronterizo de Trump
La estafa del muro fronterizo de Trump
No se pueden separar al territorio y la gente de la región.
The boondoggle of Trump’s border wall
The boondoggle of Trump’s border wall
There’s no separating the land and people of the border region.
Death Valley just had its hottest month on record
Death Valley just had its hottest month on record
Unusually hot desert nights contributed to what may well be a new planet record.
Federal agencies discourage saying ‘climate change’
Federal agencies discourage saying ‘climate change’
Emails show the Trump administration ordering scientists to change their tone.
The West’s iconic bird is caught up in Trump’s energy plans
The West’s iconic bird is caught up in Trump’s energy plans
The Interior Department considers trimming back sage grouse conservation.
What caused mass die-offs of sea lion pups?
What caused mass die-offs of sea lion pups?
The effects of warming ocean waters are rippling through marine ecosystems.
What would the rural West do without volunteer firefighters?
What would the rural West do without volunteer firefighters?
Small-town firefighters are often first responders to some of the biggest blazes.