EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
Forty years of Sagebrush Rebellion
Forty years of Sagebrush Rebellion
The Oregon occupation, the 2014 Bundy standoff and many other stories are all related to a long-simmering movement.
How the buffalo survived to become our new national mammal
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Whether grazing on public land is a ‘right’ or a ‘privilege’ is one of the region’s most contentious issues. Here’s why.
As delisting looms, grizzly advocates prepare for a final face-off
As delisting looms, grizzly advocates prepare for a final face-off
The Yellowstone grizzly population is poised to lose its endangered status, leaving protection in the hands of the states.
In Utah, the fight for a Bears Ears monument heats up
In Utah, the fight for a Bears Ears monument heats up
In a place where history, culture and geography intermingle, ‘local’ can be hard to define.
Note to politicians: Don’t mess with fishing access in Montana
Note to politicians: Don’t mess with fishing access in Montana
A candidate for governor is drawing heat over revelations that he sued to close river access on the Gallatin River.
The great salmon compromise
The great salmon compromise
The Columbia Basin Fish Accords have funded $1 billion worth of habitat restoration projects, but can they replace free-flowing rivers?
Female firefighters threaten to sue the Forest Service — again
Female firefighters threaten to sue the Forest Service — again
Four decades after the first allegations of discrimination, some say little has changed.
New law protects Alaska Native women
New law protects Alaska Native women
The ability to prosecute domestic violence may be the first step toward creating Indian Country in Alaska.
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.
Will the ouster of California green leaders imperil clean air?
Will the ouster of California green leaders imperil clean air?
High-profile turnover at state agencies reflect a culture split between grassroots demands and developer interests.
Hope fades for Klamath River accords
Hope fades for Klamath River accords
Could the breakdown of the landmark water agreement imperil other collaborative deals?
Private property blocks access to public lands
Private property blocks access to public lands
Public lands belong to everyone. But private landowners can make it hard to get to them.
‘Clean and healthful environment’
‘Clean and healthful environment’
Can the Montana Constitution derail a gigantic coal mine?
The BLM has armed up since 1978, but it’s still outgunned
The BLM has armed up since 1978, but it’s still outgunned
In confrontations with armed groups like the Bundy supporters, local law enforcement matters most.
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts
California, Arizona and Nevada are back in negotiations about the dwindling Colorado River water supply.
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
Sugar Pine Mine, the other standoff
How a small-time mining dispute in Oregon readied a network of militias for the Malheur occupation.
Lawmakers scramble to fix the funding problem in Oregon’s timber counties
Lawmakers scramble to fix the funding problem in Oregon’s timber counties
A few of the proposals to stop the bleeding in rural timber-dependent counties.
Bigger fires and evolving threats force changes in the Northwest Forest Plan
Bigger fires and evolving threats force changes in the Northwest Forest Plan
Dynamic forests require flexible management
Northwest Forest Plan timeline
Northwest Forest Plan timeline
A brief history of the Northwest Forest Plan