People & Places

Katie Lee, champion of the Glen Canyon, remembered
Katie Lee, champion of the Glen Canyon, remembered
Craig Childs recalls the fearless conservationist who loved an undammed river.
The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
The Kumeyaay poet who’s disrupting nature poetry
Tommy Pico merges natural and personal history of the arid West from Brooklyn, New York.
‘Helpless and culpable’ while fishing the pink’s peak run
‘Helpless and culpable’ while fishing the pink’s peak run
2017 Bell Prize runner-up: A writer reflects on salmon as symbol.
The Seri adapt to climate change in the desert
The Seri adapt to climate change in the desert
Researchers are working to document traditional ecological knowledge.
Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement
Tribes commit to uphold Paris climate agreement
Western nations take action on climate change — and push for self-governance.
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
West Obsessed: On dams and the rebirth of the Elwha
A deep dive into a dismantled dam — and another in the planning stages.
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Why do white writers keep making films about Indian Country?
Try as they might, two new films can’t escape old tropes.
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
U.S. and Mexico agree to share a shrinking Colorado River
The two nations are poised to sign an updated water pact to deal with drought.
‘Medicare for all’ would finally fulfill tribes’ treaty rights
‘Medicare for all’ would finally fulfill tribes’ treaty rights
The proposed plan is unlikely to pass, but would bolster the Indian health system.
Close encounters with a scary fire season
Close encounters with a scary fire season
As wildfires have ripped through the West, take stock of what climate change has wrought.
After five years of DACA, what will young immigrants do?
After five years of DACA, what will young immigrants do?
Reflecting on the life of José, a young undocumented immigrant.
In Glen Canyon, a fight against invasive grasses
In Glen Canyon, a fight against invasive grasses
A young researcher seeks to make the Southwest more resilient to climate change.
Invasion of the butt flickers
Invasion of the butt flickers
When tourists toss their spent cigarettes at the Grand Canyon, I’m the one who picks them up.
How we risked losing the West
How we risked losing the West
A look back at how range science misled land managers.
Awake at night and listening to coyotes
Awake at night and listening to coyotes
Man-made sounds elicit a wild ruckus in the Bitterroot Valley.
Slow progress on Park Service harassment
Slow progress on Park Service harassment
The agency begins to deliver on promises to confront sexual harassment.
The long fight against Joe Arpaio will continue
The long fight against Joe Arpaio will continue
How ‘America’s toughest sheriff’ galvanized a movement among Arizona Latinos.
The actuality of the path of totality
The actuality of the path of totality
What it feels like when the world goes cold and dark.
Money-for-water programs work — but for how long?
Money-for-water programs work — but for how long?
In the Colorado River Basin, a pilot project wins over skeptical farmers and ranchers.
A salmon festival portends struggles on the Klamath River
A salmon festival portends struggles on the Klamath River
The Yurok Tribe has again halted fishing during the chinook’s fall run.
Uranium pervades homes on and near Navajo Nation
Uranium pervades homes on and near Navajo Nation
EPA budget cuts threaten to slow a long-overdue cleanup.
Lessons in the moon’s shadow
Lessons in the moon’s shadow
How the eclipse makes you understand space, and why we should pay attention to lesser wonders.
Photos: An unexpectedly quiet eclipse viewing
Photos: An unexpectedly quiet eclipse viewing
In Lander, Wyoming, the promised eclipse hordes never materialized.