Items by CARL SEGERSTROM

New bill leaves lands protected, lawmaking neglected
New bill leaves lands protected, lawmaking neglected
A bipartisan public lands bill punts on overhauling environmental policies.
Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon
Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon
A controversial weed-killer has split the state, and pit state regulators against feds.
As shutdown ends, rural Washington considers life without feds
As shutdown ends, rural Washington considers life without feds
‘We’re going down a road to bitterness.’
Zinke leaves unfinished business at the Interior Department
Zinke leaves unfinished business at the Interior Department
The questionable legality of the Trump administration’s aggressive deregulatory and development-friendly policies could end up being its undoing.
The Interior Department’s deregulatory agenda
The Interior Department’s deregulatory agenda
The actions taken by Zinke’s Interior Department have different levels of legal permanence.
A toxic past and present on the Spokane River
A toxic past and present on the Spokane River
In eastern Washington, a push to clean PCBs from its namesake river faces a dirty legacy and global pollution problem.
See paradise beneath the Colorado peaks
See paradise beneath the Colorado peaks
A publishing couple invites you into the process behind their picturesque Vail estate.
No news is bad news for public health
No news is bad news for public health
Losing local news sources and public health reporters hampers disease detection and outbreak response.
Dollars and sense in the West’s power market
Dollars and sense in the West’s power market
An outgoing utilities commissioner discusses Montana’s changing energy landscape.
A most welcome winter
A most welcome winter
Former editorial fellows receive recognition, and fact-checking curious visitors swing through the office.
More plans, less protection for sage grouse
More plans, less protection for sage grouse
A final environmental assessment weakens drilling restrictions on millions of acres.
Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits
Settlement forces Oregon to update water pollution permits
In 2017, the state had the worst backlog of expired permits nationwide.
How to prepare for a wildfire
How to prepare for a wildfire
Some basic steps to stay safe if you live near Western wildlands.
Can big data help save endangered species?
Can big data help save endangered species?
A new tool could improve rare species recovery — or justify letting some species perish.
Ode to a mountain
Ode to a mountain
A duo pay a heartfelt tribute to Albuquerque’s Sandia Mountain.
Oil and gas leasing delayed in sage grouse habitat
Oil and gas leasing delayed in sage grouse habitat
Federal court rejects Interior’s ‘intentional decision’ to limit public comment.
A fresh face and folks in the field
A fresh face and folks in the field
Fall brings a change in the weather, a new staffer and visitors.
Tossing salmon for science
Tossing salmon for science
A decades-long experiment demonstrates how the iconic fish help trees grow.
Vicki Christiansen to stay on as head of Forest Service
Vicki Christiansen to stay on as head of Forest Service
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue appoints a permanent Forest Service chief.
Interior Department issues order to avoid settlements
Interior Department issues order to avoid settlements
Critics say the decree will slow down the implementation of enacted laws.
Zinke announces mining ban near Yellowstone
Zinke announces mining ban near Yellowstone
Locals and some conservationists applaud; others cry favoritism by the Montanan.
Latest: Wildfire smoke deaths could double by century’s end
Latest: Wildfire smoke deaths could double by century’s end
New research shows fire-polluted air could kill up to 44,000 people per year by 2100.
Land-transfer advocates seek authority instead of ownership
Land-transfer advocates seek authority instead of ownership
The Trump administration isn’t giving land to states, but it is giving states more control over public lands.
Time is running out (again) for conservation’s bank account
Time is running out (again) for conservation’s bank account
An important source of public lands funding is set to expire at the end of September.
As the West burns, a town fields its own amateur firefighters
As the West burns, a town fields its own amateur firefighters
The community of Dufur, Oregon, bands together to douse the flames.
A meeting of the minds in Gunnison
A meeting of the minds in Gunnison
The editorial staff of High Country News converges to plot the future of the magazine.
Photos: The elusive & iconic American mountain goat
Photos: The elusive & iconic American mountain goat
A biologist documents the natural history and lives of the North American quadrupeds.
Truckers take on human trafficking
Truckers take on human trafficking
‘Our idea was to turn a passive audience into a disruptive force.’
As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd
As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd
The Interior secretary woos conservatives with logging, drilling, public access.
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
The proposed bills and rule changes that would reshape the Endangered Species Act.
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