EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
The American Lands Council supports local control but keeps its list of member counties secret.
Judge strikes down BLM fracking rule
Judge strikes down BLM fracking rule
Enviros hope for a successful appeal, but the path could be long and windy.
Meet the group that’s turning artists into nature’s advocates
Meet the group that’s turning artists into nature’s advocates
In the Oregon backcountry, an experiment in using art to elevate environmental issues.
A new generation of warriors for the wild
A new generation of warriors for the wild
Sierra Club rec head Stacy Bare sees a role for veterans in conservation.
Don’t just save the Grand Canyon. Save the wider region, too.
Go ahead, control my guns
Go ahead, control my guns
A bow-hunter talks gun regulation.
Arizona Rep. Grijalva targets extremism on public lands
Arizona Rep. Grijalva targets extremism on public lands
Dozens of high-profile former federal employees sign a letter urging Congress to address Sagebrush Insurgency threats.
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
Mass shootings in Western states, by the numbers
In October, a man opened fire at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, leaving 10 dead.
How a Utah county silenced Native American voters — and how Navajos are fighting back
How a Utah county silenced Native American voters — and how Navajos are fighting back
A series of lawsuits could help counteract decades of racist practices.
 Are Hillary Clinton’s clean energy goals achievable?
Are Hillary Clinton’s clean energy goals achievable?
Before clinching the nomination, she outlined her ambitions for public lands and renewables.
Gun control: what are your state’s laws?
Gun control: what are your state’s laws?
In the wake of mass killings, a state-by-state look at Western gun control laws.
On the road with a transient immigrant rights lawyer
On the road with a transient immigrant rights lawyer
Lawyer Melanie Gleason is traveling the West, offering legal advice pro bono.
It’s time for our legislators to stop ignoring science
It’s time for our legislators to stop ignoring science
How public policy-making ought to work: Get the facts, make the policy.
Chemical safety law that gives EPA more power passes Congress
Chemical safety law that gives EPA more power passes Congress
The bipartisan measure represents the most sweeping environmental law to pass in decades.
Trump’s contradictory promise: Bring back coal and boost natural gas
Trump’s contradictory promise: Bring back coal and boost natural gas
Experts say low natural gas prices are the biggest cause of coal’s downturn.
How the BLM is overhauling land-use planning
How the BLM is overhauling land-use planning
The agency is aiming to increase public involvement and collaboration.
Are we smarter than the hummingbirds?
Are we smarter than the hummingbirds?
We produce abundance. Are we smart enough to share and sustain it?
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.