Items by Adam Sowards

The lessons of Redwood Summer, thirty years later
The lessons of Redwood Summer, thirty years later
A summer of protest ultimately marked a turning point in environmental activism.
Boeing’s history reveals connections and disconnections in the West’s economy
Boeing’s history reveals connections and disconnections in the West’s economy
The placelessness of corporations today can imperil communities.
NEPA transformed federal land management — and has fallen short
NEPA transformed federal land management — and has fallen short
A look back at the ground-breaking legislation on its 50th anniversary.
Economic giants drive income inequality in a second Gilded Age
Economic giants drive income inequality in a second Gilded Age
Can we look to history for reform ideas in the age of big tech robber barons?
Renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty, six decades later
Renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty, six decades later
How will bolstered support for tribal sovereignty and the environment change the U.S.-Canada agreement?
Mining laws have long been used for recreation
Mining laws have long been used for recreation
In Idaho, a law meant to boost mining actually allows for its end as recreation transforms the West’s economy.
Critics of the Green New Deal rail against socialism. We’ve seen this before.
Critics of the Green New Deal rail against socialism. We’ve seen this before.
In the 1930s, nationalizing forests was labeled ‘socialist.’
It’s time to revisit an old way to resolve public land fights
It’s time to revisit an old way to resolve public land fights
Commissions offer a way to navigate thorny policy questions and find consensus.
Border security will always be elusive
Border security will always be elusive
The Borderlands have long been governed by impermanent and shifting policies.
Reckoning with History: How the once-radical Endangered Species Act was weakened
Reckoning with History: How the once-radical Endangered Species Act was weakened
The ESA started out strong, but opponents have chipped away at the landmark law.
Reckoning with History: When we overcame political division
Reckoning with History: When we overcame political division
50 years ago, a functional Congress enacted four important conservation bills.
Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum
Wilderness managers are still trying to balance the risks and necessity of fire.
Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West
Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West
Violence, often thought of as ‘frontier justice,’ disproportionately targeted people of color.
Reckoning with History: The devolution of conservation’s trust fund
Reckoning with History: The devolution of conservation’s trust fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire, thanks to a partisan Congress.
Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before
Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before
How the government tackled the post-war threats of national park ‘disfigurement’ and ‘destruction.’
Reckoning with History: The Antiquities Act quandary
Reckoning with History: The Antiquities Act quandary
The law has created constant tension between the executive and legislative branches.
Reckoning with History: Interior’s legacy of bad behavior
Reckoning with History: Interior’s legacy of bad behavior
Ryan Zinke isn’t the first Interior secretary to attract controversy.
Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul
Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul
In latest skirmish of land wars, Congress supports mining and ranching.
Sometimes, the West must be protected from itself
Sometimes, the West must be protected from itself
Today, we need to listen more carefully than ever to the ideas of Western historian, Bernard DeVoto.
No, Ted Cruz, Westerners should not follow in Texas’ footsteps
No, Ted Cruz, Westerners should not follow in Texas’ footsteps
The state’s public lands boondoggle was a historical accident.
Should nature have standing to sue?
Should nature have standing to sue?
Even today, the natural world needs a co-plaintiff: us.
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