Public Lands

Western cities try to cut light pollution
Western cities try to cut light pollution
Hitting the dimmer switch on city light helps animals and skygazers, too.
The many questions of Gold Butte
The many questions of Gold Butte
Familiar questions around roads, heritage and water rights resurface as Nevadans make sense of their new monument.
Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul
Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul
In latest skirmish of land wars, Congress supports mining and ranching.
Ranger danger, a case of mistaken fish identity and tiny-house dating
Ranger danger, a case of mistaken fish identity and tiny-house dating
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Grand Canyon abolishes river district in response to sexual harassment allegations
Grand Canyon abolishes river district in response to sexual harassment allegations
The abrupt decision leaves the future of NPS river management up in the air.
Desert tortoise militia occupies Bundy Ranch
Desert tortoise militia occupies Bundy Ranch
Endangered reptiles stage heavily armored takeover of cattleman’s property.
No, Ted Cruz, Westerners should not follow in Texas’ footsteps
No, Ted Cruz, Westerners should not follow in Texas’ footsteps
The state’s public lands boondoggle was a historical accident.
The darkness at the heart of Malheur
The darkness at the heart of Malheur
A Westerner traces the roots – and meaning – of the Oregon occupation.
In southern Utah, a ranger is jailed under questionable circumstances
In southern Utah, a ranger is jailed under questionable circumstances
The region has a history of sheriffs butting heads with federal land agencies.
How progressives are taking a page from ALEC’s playbook
How progressives are taking a page from ALEC’s playbook
Conservatives push agendas through a centralized state network; progressives are building one of their own.
Forest Service rejects Grand Canyon luxury village
Forest Service rejects Grand Canyon luxury village
The setback is just the latest in a 30-year push to develop the rim.
The Bundy bust-up
The Bundy bust-up
Charges rain down on militant leaders of Bundy family standoffs in Nevada and Oregon.
At Valles Caldera, a new national park unit takes shape
At Valles Caldera, a new national park unit takes shape
A preserve was added to the park system, after an experiment in managing federal lands outside the traditional agencies.
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
Much of the Park Service’s land in the West is poorly visited and little-known.
Finding the big quiet in Great Basin National Park
Finding the big quiet in Great Basin National Park
A writer revisits the acoustical landscape of the National Park system.
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Whether grazing on public land is a ‘right’ or a ‘privilege’ is one of the region’s most contentious issues. Here’s why.
How an East Coast think tank is fueling the land transfer movement
How an East Coast think tank is fueling the land transfer movement
ALEC is becoming increasingly involved in the public lands debate by providing model bills for Western states.
Online editor Tay Wiles talks Oregon militia standoffs with KDNK Radio
Online editor Tay Wiles talks Oregon militia standoffs with KDNK Radio
The latest episode of Sounds of the High Country.
West Obsessed: What the heck is a Sagebrush Sheriff?
West Obsessed: What the heck is a Sagebrush Sheriff?
Behind a lot of anti-fed sentiment, you’ll find ‘constitutional’ peace officers. Here’s why that’s worrying.
Latest: New Mexico land deal opens wilderness access
Latest: New Mexico land deal opens wilderness access
The Sabinoso Wilderness Area was impossible to access for years, thanks to private landowners.
Bishop’s ‘Grand Bargain’ in Utah is no deal, say enviros
Bishop’s ‘Grand Bargain’ in Utah is no deal, say enviros
The much-anticipated land-use plan has ramped up the tensions it promised to defuse.
How the wild Northern Rockies were saved — and who led the way
How the wild Northern Rockies were saved — and who led the way
A new book looks at the ordinary citizens who fought for wilderness designations.
In Wyoming, a road block for public access
In Wyoming, a road block for public access
A tangled web of lawsuits and land sales mean people trying to access a Lincoln County wilderness area could face trespass charges.