Wilderness

Four charts that show how public land is good for rural areas
Four charts that show how public land is good for rural areas
A new study finds that personal income is rising faster in counties with more public land.
Rob Bishop's long-awaited 'grand bargain' for Utah public lands
Rob Bishop's long-awaited 'grand bargain' for Utah public lands
After decades of stalemate, the new bill gets mixed reactions.
In Idaho, rancher buyouts take a big step forward
In Idaho, rancher buyouts take a big step forward
Playing the Alaska card
Playing the Alaska card
A native of the state explains the short-lived social power the state gives.
Coal mining rejected for climate risks is back on the table
Coal mining rejected for climate risks is back on the table
The Colorado mine expansion could cost society billions of dollars in climate impacts.
For the Lassics lupine, wilderness is a mixed blessing
For the Lassics lupine, wilderness is a mixed blessing
The Wilderness Act has complicated efforts to protect the rare California wildflower.
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
Alaska’s pragmatic senator wants to reshape America’s energy policy.
How to redefine — and defend — wilderness
How to redefine — and defend — wilderness
A review of a new way to look at what’s wild and what’s not, in Jason Mark’s 'Satellites in the High Country' and Fred Pearce’s 'The New Wild.'
Drought on the Pacific Crest Trail offers harsh lessons
The Latest: Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho becomes wilderness
The Latest: Boulder-White Clouds in Idaho becomes wilderness
Congress gives the highest protection to the area — to avoid an even-larger national monument.
How the Point Reyes oyster battles challenged our idea of wilderness
How the Point Reyes oyster battles challenged our idea of wilderness
Review of a new book, 'Oyster War' by Summer Brennan.
How a long-sought Idaho wilderness bill defies the odds
How a long-sought Idaho wilderness bill defies the odds
The threat of a national monument gets Boulder-White Clouds the highest protection.
Tracing the Yampa River where it flows free
Tracing the Yampa River where it flows free
Review of “Colorado’s Yampa River” by John Fielder.
Wilderness vs. mining, Roundup research and Western prisons
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Fatalities, backcountry trips, ATVs and Denali summit attempts over the years.
Exploring “The Crown of the Continent” in photos
Exploring “The Crown of the Continent” in photos
Photographer Steven Gnam takes readers into the one of the most remote stretches of wilderness, along the ridge of the Northern Rockies.
On death’s doorstep in the Grand Canyon
On death’s doorstep in the Grand Canyon
A misstep in the backcountry alters an avid hiker’s perspective.
Idaho mining dispute raises questions about the future of wilderness
Idaho mining dispute raises questions about the future of wilderness
A grandfathered mining claim has opened the doors to development.
Efforts to save Utah's Cedar Mesa reach a crescendo
Efforts to save Utah's Cedar Mesa reach a crescendo
Conflicting county and state proposals would provide various levels of protection.
Battle of the Lands: Denali wins
Battle of the Lands: Denali wins
Readers voted in our bracket-style tournament to crown the West's best public lands on which to recreate.
Photos and recordings of Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska
Photos and recordings of Pacific Northwest and Southeast Alaska
Review of “Wilderness” by Debra Bloomfield.
Utah’s ‘Grand Bargain’ for public lands enters phase three
Utah’s ‘Grand Bargain’ for public lands enters phase three
Bishop pushes what may be the West’s biggest reshuffle of the land checkerboard.
The quietest and noisiest spots in the West
The quietest and noisiest spots in the West
Some places are 20 decibels or less, similar to levels in pre-Colonial times.