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The heat is rising on the National Park Service. In our special report: How climate change is altering the country's beloved parks and the agency's centennial has brought with it harsh scrutiny on issues of race and gender. Plus, nuclear power divides CA and a trip down the Grand. Cover photo: At sunrise last October, a rainbow bridges the North and South rims of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in western Colorado. By Howard Hill/sharetheexperience.org
Line of Descent
Line of Descent
In New Mexico, a stalemate between federal and state wildlife officials leaves the state's wolves in peril. Plus, a review of Jim Harrison's last book and a seed bank that will help researchers trace the effects of climate change.
Salmon Power
Salmon Power
How salmon has become a battleground over sovereignty for Alaska tribes. Plus, dampening Glen Canyon Dam's effects, the dangers of drones and the Northwest's new battle over logging.
The New Advocates
The New Advocates
Meet the new environmental advocates, a diverse generation of outdoor enthusiasts and activists forging their way in the conservation movement. In this special issue, eco-minded veterans, Latinos rising, and Hopi raft guides.
Water to Dust
Water to Dust
Oregon’s obscure terminal lakes feed millions of migrating birds, but now they need life support of their own. Plus, disenfranchised Native Americans in Utah and Arizona's tough water choices.
Trial by Fire
Trial by Fire
Trial by fire: Female firefighters still face harassment, abuse and sexism. Plus, cats on the border, shifts in the BLM and a roadtripping lawyer.
Grizzly Face-Off
Grizzly Face-Off
What the future holds for the Yellowstone grizzly. Plus, cities sue Monsanto, the secrets of Western trees, and coal lessons from Europe.
The Gold King Reckoning
The Gold King Reckoning
The long history behind the Animas River spill. Plus, a moss mystery in Portland and environmental upset at California agencies.
A Land Divided
A Land Divided
A landmark legal ruling is starting to put the splintered pieces of Indian Country back together. Plus, a look at the small herds that could be bison's big step forward and developers aim to make money on Grand Canyon's popularity.
Making Sense of Malheur
Making Sense of Malheur
The mess at the Malheur Wildlife Refuge requires a closer look to understand the larger forces at play. Plus, a silver lining on the California drought and a snapshot of the election season.
The Parks You Don't Know
The Parks You Don't Know
As the National Park Service's centennial looms, High Country News takes a trip through the West, to uncover some lesser-known parks, consider the stories they tell, and meet the people behind the scenes.
Fractured
Fractured
In the West's argument over fracking, it matters less what's said than who says it. Plus, a dry future for Central Valley farming and new research into the past comes from packrat middens.
Sagebrush Insurgency
Sagebrush Insurgency
Meet the new Sagebrush insurgents, a well-connected and well-armed network of malcontents bent on delegitimizing the federal government. Plus, how a landmark water agreement fell apart, and the legal case for climate action.
The Forever War
The Forever War
Why Wildlife Services continues to kill predators, despite decades of research on nonlethal methods. Plus, how the public could pay for coal cleanup and a look at Malheur's quieter moments.
Secrets of the Deep
Secrets of the Deep
The researchers digging up mysteries of the ocean in Nevada's desert, plus death by cop and gun control in the West. Cover illustration: Shonisaurus popularis and Californosaurus perrini, depicted by Boise illustrator Todd Marshall.
Good Neighbors
Good Neighbors
Why researchers are studying a group of Southwestern ranchers to learn about sharing, plus a look at the long road to protected habitat for the murrelet and the West's disappearing fire lookouts.
Water Hustle
Water Hustle
Meet the men on trial for profiting off the Southwest's drought in the latest issue of High Country News. Plus, the architects redesigning L.A. and the attorneys general taking things into their own hands.
The Campaign Against Coal
The Campaign Against Coal
D.C. correspondent Elizabeth Shogren travels through coal country to find where ‘keep it in the ground’ meets ‘keep the lights on.’ Plus a look at El Niño in the West, oil and gas compromises in Moab and more.
Clean Energy's Dirty Secret
Clean Energy's Dirty Secret
How industrial solar and wind are endangering wildlife, plus saving Washington’s wolves and a Colorado ranch that’s also an abbey.
The Rise of Lisa Murkowski
The Rise of Lisa Murkowski
Lisa Murkowski, the senator from Alaska, alternates between diplomat and bulldog in her rise to the top, plus the Pope on climate change, immigrants after the Front Range floods, and more.