Opinion

Go ahead, wander your way
Go ahead, wander your way
Glamping, Pokémon Go and selfies. There’s no wrong way to do wilderness.
In the final days, our POC-in-chief delivers
In the final days, our POC-in-chief delivers
Obama’s monument designations set a blueprint for diversity and inclusion in federal public lands.
Why a scientist cut down ‘the oldest living tree’
Why a scientist cut down ‘the oldest living tree’
The Prometheus Tree in Nevada was nearly 5,000 years old when it was cut down. It could have lived a lot longer.
Trump’s promises are empty when it comes to energy
Trump’s promises are empty when it comes to energy
Will laid-off energy workers get their jobs back? No. Regulations have nothing to do with this bust.
An interloper’s eye-opening Thanksgiving
An interloper’s eye-opening Thanksgiving
A city dweller recounts a holiday spent with a Native American family.
Two lesser-known reasons to celebrate our public lands
Two lesser-known reasons to celebrate our public lands
It may be the Park Service’s 100th year, but these policies have done a lot for open space.
The misguided archaeological review behind the Dakota Access Pipeline
The misguided archaeological review behind the Dakota Access Pipeline
An archaeology professor explains how official reviews miss key tribal sites.
Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong
Clearcutting the Tongass National Forest is dead wrong
To avert the worst climate change impacts, old forests and their massive carbon reserves must be protected.
In a divided town, what to do after a polarizing election
In a divided town, what to do after a polarizing election
If you were shocked by the election results, you should step outside of your silo.
Back to civics class: 10 things to know about Standing Rock
Back to civics class: 10 things to know about Standing Rock
It’s high time for a crash course in federalism and representative democracy.
The blind hope of the energy field Trump voter
The blind hope of the energy field Trump voter
The president-elect is sure to roll back regulations, but he won’t end the oil and gas bust.
The case against condors in Hells Canyon
The case against condors in Hells Canyon
Researchers contemplate introducing the endangered bird in Oregon— but why meddle?
Biggest loser at Comb Ridge? The public.
Biggest loser at Comb Ridge? The public.
A landmark within the proposed Bears Ears Monument was sold to private interests.
Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example
Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example
Lawyers “aimed too high” for a conspiracy charge—and lost it all.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea.
How can we protect our National Parks? Here’s an idea.
Maintenance issues abound, a new Civilian Conservation Corps could lend a hand.
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
The fading grandeur of the Glen Canyon Dam
Silt and erosion threaten to clog up the enduring structure.
A national monument is a heavy-handed solution for Bears Ears
A national monument is a heavy-handed solution for Bears Ears
More protection for these lands would mean more regulation and less freedom.
Should we accept invasive species that don’t cause harm?
Should we accept invasive species that don’t cause harm?
Amid a national immigration debate, the collared dove raises questions about acceptance.
Which way? A new approach to navigating the Pacific Crest Trail
Which way? A new approach to navigating the Pacific Crest Trail
Thru-hikers can stay on the hugely popular trail with a cellphone app.
Comb Ridge parcel sold to highest bidder
Comb Ridge parcel sold to highest bidder
The privatized parcel within the proposed Bears Ears national monument could be a sign of things to come.
Getting over the ‘taboo’ in a gun-rights conversation
Getting over the ‘taboo’ in a gun-rights conversation
In Montana, the gap between gun rights supporters and opponents begins to shrink.
Trekking across Colorado’s fragmented wildernesses
Trekking across Colorado’s fragmented wildernesses
Thru-hiking the Colorado Trail exposes a “wilderness” that is anything but.
Want to move to a charming rural town? Ask about the sewage disposal system
Want to move to a charming rural town? Ask about the sewage disposal system
Wastewater inundation causes a commotion in South Dakota.