A Legacy of Harassment

High Country News is conducting an ongoing investigation into the long history of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and gender discrimination in public land agencies and how agency officials handle these complaints. Want to share your own experience? Send us a tip.

National Park Service survey finds widespread harassment
National Park Service survey finds widespread harassment
After survey finds 1 in 10 employees report sexual harassment, agency promises action.
Slow progress on Park Service harassment
Slow progress on Park Service harassment
The agency begins to deliver on promises to confront sexual harassment.
How will Interior respond to Yellowstone harassment?
How will Interior respond to Yellowstone harassment?
An investigation found a culture of “inappropriate comments and actions.”
Latest: Mixed progress for Park Service on harassment
Latest: Mixed progress for Park Service on harassment
Interior Department clears former Yosemite superintendent of discrimination — and reports evidence for sexual harassment at Yellowstone.
How we investigated the National Park Service’s history of sexual harassment
How we investigated the National Park Service’s history of sexual harassment
A methodology of our yearlong series about how the agency treats women.
How the National Park Service is failing women
How the National Park Service is failing women
The agency tasked with safeguarding our greatest public lands has neglected to protect its workers.
Our parks’ dark corners
Yosemite’s superintendent retires after discrimination allegations surface
Yosemite’s superintendent retires after discrimination allegations surface
New allegations of harassment, discrimination crop up in Yosemite, Yellowstone.
For the Park Service, an uncomfortable birthday
Congress pushes Park Service harder on the agency’s legacy of harassment
Congress pushes Park Service harder on the agency’s legacy of harassment
Using documents obtained by High Country News, representatives look into discrimination investigation from 2000.
Congress members and activists call for ousting of Park Service director
Congress members and activists call for ousting of Park Service director
Agency chief under fire after the release of a second investigation into sexual harassment within the agency.
West Obsessed: The legacy of sexual harassment in public-lands agencies
West Obsessed: The legacy of sexual harassment in public-lands agencies
Listen to HCN reporters discuss this long-standing institutional problem.
Trial by fire
Trial by fire
Women in the male-dominated world of wildland firefighting still face harassment, abuse and sexism.
Protecting the protectors
Grand Canyon superintendent retires after harassment investigation
Grand Canyon superintendent retires after harassment investigation
Park Service says change in leadership will move agency forward in addressing sexual harassment.
Investigations show extensive harassment history in Park Service
Investigations show extensive harassment history in Park Service
The agency made a plan to protect female employees in 2000, but it appears no meaningful action was taken.
National Park Service centennial shares limelight with scandals
National Park Service centennial shares limelight with scandals
Chief Jon Jarvis faces ethical challenges and questions about the agency’s approach to sexual harassment.
National Park Service chief expands sexual harassment probe
National Park Service chief expands sexual harassment probe
Upcoming survey to determine if misconduct at the Grand Canyon represents a widespread problem.
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.
Grand Canyon park’s 15-year failure on sexual harassment
Grand Canyon park’s 15-year failure on sexual harassment
Interior Department investigation shows a history of harassment, hostility and retaliation.