Public Lands

A military legacy loosens its grip on a landscape
A military legacy loosens its grip on a landscape
Plans for Colorado’s Camp Hale balance restoration and commemoration.
Latest: Park Service to cull part of Grand Canyon’s bison herd
Latest: Park Service to cull part of Grand Canyon’s bison herd
The burgeoning North Rim population threatens vegetation, water and cultural sites.
These six Western monuments face reductions
These six Western monuments face reductions
See photos of the landscapes singled out in the Interior Department’s recommendations.
Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
Interior has yet to meet with Bears Ears tribal leaders
Zinke is losing the faith of a tribal coalition as a monument review looms.
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
An end to Tucson’s growth wars
A conservation plan puts science ahead of politics.
Latest: Zinke releases ATV plans for Recapture Canyon area
Latest: Zinke releases ATV plans for Recapture Canyon area
The Interior Secretary wants to prioritize public-land access.
Montana refuge divides tribes and ranchers
Montana refuge divides tribes and ranchers
The American Prairie Reserve offers a controversial vision for an intact prairie ecosystem.
Fact-checking Trump’s Antiquities Act order
Fact-checking Trump’s Antiquities Act order
Trump and his supporters rely on dubious claims to attack national monuments.
Bunkerville standoff case ruled a mistrial
Bunkerville standoff case ruled a mistrial
Two defendants found guilty, but jury “deadlocked” over fate of remaining four.
Local power gets results for Thompson Divide
Local power gets results for Thompson Divide
New legislation could end a decade-long fight against oil and gas development.
Jury deliberates in 2014 Bundy standoff trial
Jury deliberates in 2014 Bundy standoff trial
Cliven Bundy’s sway over his followers featured prominently in first of three trials.
Land transfer advocates steer their focus to monuments
Land transfer advocates steer their focus to monuments
A transfer movement moves to rescind monuments and weaken the Antiquities Act.
Two factions face off over Grand Staircase-Escalante
Two factions face off over Grand Staircase-Escalante
A community in gridlock over the monument’s future.
Who will pay for unsexy repairs in national parks?
Who will pay for unsexy repairs in national parks?
Congress discusses how to prioritize the Park Service’s maintenance backlog.
A conversation with Obama’s top Interior lawyer
A conversation with Obama’s top Interior lawyer
A look at how the department has changed its relationships with tribes, and at legal battles on the horizon.
How environmentalists could do more for Bears Ears
How environmentalists could do more for Bears Ears
On issues of industrial recreation, green groups say too little.
Inside the firestorm
Inside the firestorm
New technology allows scientists to see the forces behind the flames.
A roadmap for nomadic love
A roadmap for nomadic love
One couple’s story of a long-distance relationship across the landscape.
Interior moves swiftly after Trump’s climate order
Interior moves swiftly after Trump’s climate order
As other agencies prepare for a long haul, Ryan Zinke has an immediate impact.
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
As threats intensify, sportsmen emerge as a persuasive voice.
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Elliott State Forest shows the difficult balance between profit and conservation.
Oil expected in Dakota Access Pipeline this week
Oil expected in Dakota Access Pipeline this week
What ongoing legal battles tell us about protections for religious freedoms and government consultation with tribes.
Busting the tree ring
Busting the tree ring
How a landmark investigation unraveled a Washington timber-poaching gang.