Public Lands

Senate opens a path to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Senate opens a path to drill the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
However, several more steps would have to happen for drilling to be authorized.
West Obsessed: The Bundy trial looms in Las Vegas
West Obsessed: The Bundy trial looms in Las Vegas
Editor Tay Wiles unpacks how the legal dispute embodies this political moment.
Coexistence between wolves and livestock is a delusion
Coexistence between wolves and livestock is a delusion
When it comes to public lands, native wolves should get preference.
Enough is enough at the Glen Canyon Recreation Area
For public lands, massive protections in defense bill
For public lands, massive protections in defense bill
But not all conservation groups think the gains are worth the losses.
Range report
Range report
What the BLM can (and can’t) tell us about the state of rangeland health.
The most important wildlife management plans you've never heard of
The most important wildlife management plans you've never heard of
Western states scramble to prepare Wildlife Action Plans, due in 2015.
Compromise on Colorado's Roan Plateau
Compromise on Colorado's Roan Plateau
Industry and conservationists reach a deal to protect tens of thousands of acres.
Landscape-scale conservation gains ground
Landscape-scale conservation gains ground
The Nature Conservancy just announced its largest Washington land purchase to date.
A new map shows rangeland health West-wide
A new map shows rangeland health West-wide
Searchable BLM reports and satellite images for 20,000 grazing allotments.
The Uintah Basin's tricky oil and gas ozone problem
The Uintah Basin's tricky oil and gas ozone problem
Can officials greenlight booming development and clean up the air at the same time?
The BLM fails to provide public records
The BLM fails to provide public records
The agency's main Freedom of Information Act office appears incompetent or overworked.
Report warns of illegal drilling on federal land
Report warns of illegal drilling on federal land
Outdated rules and budget shortfalls make it hard to catch.
Mapping threats on public land
Mapping threats on public land
Intimidation of federal officials is widespread across the West.
Western states eye federal lands—again
Western states eye federal lands—again
The ultra-right ‘remedy’ for public lands.
Defuse the West
Defuse the West
Public-land employees are easy targets for a violent, government-hating fringe.
Reports from the front lines
Reports from the front lines
Excerpts from official accounts of threats against U.S. Forest Service and BLM employees.
Roots of rebellion: A forum
Roots of rebellion: A forum
Four experts discuss threats to federal public-lands employees and where we go from here.
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How to pass a wilderness bill in 2014
How to pass a wilderness bill in 2014
Lessons from southwest Colorado’s Hermosa Creek.
Obama declares new national monument in the mountains above Los Angeles
Obama declares new national monument in the mountains above Los Angeles
Trails, campgrounds and wildlands will qualify for federal funding for improvements.
Extreme Makeover, the BLM episode
Extreme Makeover, the BLM episode
How a gigantic federal bureaucracy is positioning itself to manage resources at a “landscape” level.
National parks ponder fee increases
National parks ponder fee increases
Entrance fees haven't gone up since 2008.