Ranching

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 desert-friendly cow
The desert-friendly cow
A rancher and a researcher search for a better bovine — and think they’ve found one.
Dispatch from a young farmers confab
Dispatch from a young farmers confab
How better dirt can conserve water, save farming and help feed the West.
In defense of the cattle industry
In defense of the cattle industry
A new book flips an old debate on its head.
Defuse the West
Defuse the West
Public-land employees are easy targets for a violent, government-hating fringe.
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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Hooligans etch on a petroglyph, a cow breaks a natural gas line and a new website helps ranchers navigate drought.
How mining transforms the West’s ranching communities
How mining transforms the West’s ranching communities
Photographs of people and places in flux.
Timeline: The BLM vs. Cliven Bundy
Timeline: The BLM vs. Cliven Bundy
A detailed history of the conflict, starting in 1953.
The revolt that wouldn’t die
The revolt that wouldn’t die
The latest Sagebrush Rebellion flare-up in Nevada was unusually fierce.
Public Record: Cliven Bundy
Public Record: Cliven Bundy
Court and federal documents chronicle a long history of grazing battles.
Photos of a standoff
Photos of a standoff
Armed militia members join a Nevada rancher to protest a cattle roundup from public land.