Items by Kylie Mohr

Missoulians nearly lost access to their beloved community ski hill
Missoulians nearly lost access to their beloved community ski hill
Now they’re rallying to ensure public access to the recreation hotspot.
How to save the whitebark pine
How to save the whitebark pine
The tree is getting federal protection. But plenty of people were already trying to save it.
Fire risk map ignites controversy
Fire risk map ignites controversy
Southern Oregon residents lash back at wildfire preparedness rules.
Utah dismisses youth climate case. But it’s not over.
Utah dismisses youth climate case. But it’s not over.
What the state court’s decision signals for other similar cases.
Pink snow is a red flag for the West’s water
Pink snow is a red flag for the West’s water
Researchers are trying to understand what drives snow algal blooms and how they could alter water supplies.
Do bedrock conservation laws need a makeover?
Do bedrock conservation laws need a makeover?
Experts suggest needed upgrades in the face of modern crises.
Idaho cobalt mine is a harbinger of what’s to come
Idaho cobalt mine is a harbinger of what’s to come
A new venture near Salmon signals an uptick in hardrock mining across the West.
USFS burn boss arrested after prescribed fire burns private land
USFS burn boss arrested after prescribed fire burns private land
Practitioners fear a chilling effect on future operations.
Wildfires are burning away the West’s snow
Wildfires are burning away the West’s snow
A new study finds wildfires are burning more high elevation areas and dramatically impacting the West’s snowpack as a result.
Hungry bears are getting desperate in Montana
Hungry bears are getting desperate in Montana
A poor berry crop is driving black bears into Missoula. A hot summer might be to blame.
Is the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act ready for climate action?
Is the Recovering America’s Wildlife Act ready for climate action?
The bipartisan legislation includes $1.4 billion in annual conservation funding, but climate change isn’t explicitly addressed.
A new mental health hotline for farmers and ranchers
A new mental health hotline for farmers and ranchers
Wyoming is one of five states piloting a resource for agricultural producers.
Protecting neighborhoods from future flames
Protecting neighborhoods from future flames
Equitable wildfire preparedness requires community-level fixes.
A chronic polluter closes its doors. What’s next?
A chronic polluter closes its doors. What’s next?
The owner of a wood treatment plant is trying to walk away from its mess in West Eugene, Oregon. Neighbors say, not so fast.
When extremism hides in plain sight
When extremism hides in plain sight
Leah Sottile investigates how an Idaho couple’s embrace of fringe Mormon beliefs led to multiple murder charges in her debut book, ‘When the Moon Turns to Blood.’
Your ears will perk up at these new Western podcasts
Your ears will perk up at these new Western podcasts
Four new podcasts envision change in juvenile justice, energy and ranching.
Western courts grapple with climate change
Western courts grapple with climate change
Rocky Mountain teens sue over fossil fuel-friendly policies.
Wyoming jury finds corner crossers not guilty
Wyoming jury finds corner crossers not guilty
The hunters escaped criminal trespass charges, but still face a civil suit.
Why rural communities struggle to bring in much-needed federal grants
Why rural communities struggle to bring in much-needed federal grants
A new analysis suggests that over half of communities in the West lack the capacity to take advantage of infrastructure bill funding. Now what?
Air quality report card flunks the West
Air quality report card flunks the West
Western states dominate lists of where short-term particulate and ozone pollution are the worst.
Cows, coal and climate change: A Q&A with the new BLM director
Cows, coal and climate change: A Q&A with the new BLM director
Tracy Stone-Manning discusses how the federal agency sees conservation, the climate crisis and the Indigenous history of public lands.
Schussing through time
Schussing through time
A Utah library holds a comprehensive archive commemorating ski sports.
Idaho’s only Black history museum
Idaho’s only Black history museum
A museum in Boise seeks to deepen the state’s understanding of its past.
How one Wyoming mule deer won friends and influenced science
How one Wyoming mule deer won friends and influenced science
Jo the deer offered researchers a look into migrations and how long it takes deer to visit a forest after a fire.
There are millions of acres of ‘failing’ rangelands, data shows
There are millions of acres of ‘failing’ rangelands, data shows
54 million acres of federal land managed by the Bureau of Land Management aren’t meeting the agency’s own land-health standards.
Wyoming politicians hatch a plan to continue sage grouse game farms
Wyoming politicians hatch a plan to continue sage grouse game farms
New legislation to extend a controversial practice is ruffling feathers in Wyoming.
5 questions you asked about trespassing through airspace
5 questions you asked about trespassing through airspace
We recently wrote about four hunters charged with trespassing even though they didn’t touch private land. What the heck?
A new tundra, engineered by beavers
A new tundra, engineered by beavers
Once nonexistent in northwest Alaska, beavers are both benefiting from and changing a warming tundra.
5 things to know about gray wolves regaining Endangered Species Act protection
5 things to know about gray wolves regaining Endangered Species Act protection
Most importantly: The recent relisting doesn’t apply to the Rocky Mountains.
Why 4 hunters in Wyoming were charged with trespassing on land they never touched
Why 4 hunters in Wyoming were charged with trespassing on land they never touched
A checkerboard pattern of parcel ownership complicates public land access in the West.
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