Items by Cally Carswell

Trump’s EPA is reluctant to punish law-breaking polluters
Trump’s EPA is reluctant to punish law-breaking polluters
A recent report shows that law enforcement at the agency is declining.
When climate change hits home
When climate change hits home
Northern New Mexicans weigh their future in a drying climate.
In this rapaciously dry year, a quiet question grows louder: What are we doing here?
In this rapaciously dry year, a quiet question grows louder: What are we doing here?
Drought, dread and family in the American Southwest.
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Threatened plants on state lands have few protections
Politics, land ownership and imperiled plants collide in New Mexico.
Scott Pruitt isn’t the first administrator hostile to the EPA’s mission
Scott Pruitt isn’t the first administrator hostile to the EPA’s mission
How Reagan’s EPA chief left a roadmap for taking down the agency.
The contradictions at the heart of the fight over methane rules
The contradictions at the heart of the fight over methane rules
Why does industry oppose federal restrictions on emissions but aid states’ efforts?
Young people are suing over climate change
Young people are suing over climate change
The Constitution may hold the key to climate action.
Can Trump undo Obama’s policies?
Can Trump undo Obama’s policies?
What the President-elect can — and can’t — do when it comes to water, coal and climate change.
The Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species triage
The Fish and Wildlife Service’s endangered species triage
Buried in petitions to list new species, the Fish and Wildlife Service proposes a system for prioritizing who gets help first.
Line of descent: How poor management left Mexican wolves dangerously inbred
Line of descent: How poor management left Mexican wolves dangerously inbred
Missteps and conflict between the state and the feds have hounded the recovery of Arizona and New Mexico’s remaining wolf packs.
New measures could reduce Glen Canyon Dam’s impact on the Grand Canyon — a bit
New measures could reduce Glen Canyon Dam’s impact on the Grand Canyon — a bit
As long as the dam remains in place, impacts are inevitable.
Does conserving species actually curb development?
Does conserving species actually curb development?
A new study suggests ESA doesn’t stop economic growth, but the devil’s in the details.
At Valles Caldera, a new national park unit takes shape
At Valles Caldera, a new national park unit takes shape
A preserve was added to the park system, after an experiment in managing federal lands outside the traditional agencies.
In Washington, activists and the ‘necessity defense’ on trial
In Washington, activists and the ‘necessity defense’ on trial
The 'Delta 5' made a legal and moral case for their actions, with mixed results.
Who really killed Keystone?
Who really killed Keystone?
An unusual coalition is fighting new fossil fuel infrastructure, and they're starting to win.
Mexican wolf restoration hits (another) snag
Mexican wolf restoration hits (another) snag
The feds want to release captive animals to increase genetic diversity in the wild, but New Mexico isn’t having it.
Why the Clean Power Plan isn’t a death knell for coal
Why the Clean Power Plan isn’t a death knell for coal
Obama’s new rules won’t necessarily knock out the West’s aging power plants.
Latest: Environmentalists regroup after Washington’s carbon plan fails
Latest: Environmentalists regroup after Washington’s carbon plan fails
Green groups spent big in the last election in the Northwest.
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
Scientists strengthen link between climate change and drought
How much of California's dry spell can be traced to climate change?
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.
Drought damages trees' ability to store carbon
Drought damages trees' ability to store carbon
How long-term forest health is compromised years after dry-spells.
Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans
Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans
Squirrel suited flyers say the bans actually contribute to deadly accidents.
Spring board meeting, and swearing
Spring board meeting, and swearing
A recap of the recent board meeting in Paonia, an update on our profanity policy and a correction.
See you in July
See you in July
A skipped issue, a former editor publishes a book and visitors galore
Grand Canyon floods are rebuilding sandbars
Grand Canyon floods are rebuilding sandbars
But there are limits to what can be done to tweak dam management to benefit ecosystems.
Canada can't expand oil sands and also meet global climate goals
Canada can't expand oil sands and also meet global climate goals
103 scientists call for a moratorium on new development.
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
Genetic research lays foundation for bold conservation strategies
To save the greatest number of species, should we focus on the most common?
Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest
Snowpack is above normal in spots, but doesn't make up for its lack earlier in the year.
L.A.’s wild side
Wins for workers
Wins for workers
Western cities lead the national movement for a higher minimum wage.
High Country News Classifieds
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    Central Colorado Conservancy, located in Salida, Colorado, is seeking a Conservation Program Manager dedicated to managing the Conservancy's land protection program which includes developing and...
  • PUBLIC LANDS PROGRAM MANAGER
    Conserve Southwest Utah is seeking a candidate with excellent communication skills and a commitment to environmental conservation for the position of Public Lands Program Manager....
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Western Slope Conservation Center in Paonia, CO, seeks a dynamic leader who is mission-driven, hardworking, and a creative problem-solver. WSCC is committed to creating...
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    National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA), the nation's oldest and largest national parks nonprofit advocacy organization seeks a Planned Giving Officer. Do you find energy in...
  • NORTHERN NEW MEXICO PROJECT MANAGER
    Seeking qualified Northern New Mexico Project Manager to provide expertise, leadership and support to the organization by planning, cultivating, implementing and managing land conservation activities,...
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    Western Watersheds Project seeks an Idaho Director to continue and expand upon WWP's campaign to protect and restore public lands and wildlife in Idaho, with...
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    Grand Staircase Escalante Partners (GSEP) is seeking a leader to join our dynamic team in the long-term protection of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument (GSENM). We...
  • GRASSLAND RESEARCH COORDINATOR
    The Grassland Research Coordinator is a cooperative position with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that performs and participates in and coordinates data collection for...
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