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Meet the NASA scientist keeping an eye on California’s drought
Meet the NASA scientist keeping an eye on California’s drought
Senior scientist Jay Famiglietti’s research looks at the West and the world’s dwindling water resources.
Latest: Feds warn states against letting mining companies self-bond
Latest: Feds warn states against letting mining companies self-bond
Three major coal companies have filed for bankruptcy this year.
Remembering a “free man” who died at the Grand Canyon
Remembering a “free man” who died at the Grand Canyon
A transient outdoorsman, he only wanted to be in the mountains or down some canyon.
New documentary offers a sharp look at the West’s water crisis
New documentary offers a sharp look at the West’s water crisis
In ‘Killing the Colorado,’ people, not nature, are responsible for shortages.
Ranch Diaries: Late summer rain brings new wild foods
Ranch Diaries: Late summer rain brings new wild foods
How to use wild purslane and algerita berries, and how to not mistake death camas for wild onions.
Inside a park succeeding at recruiting diverse employees
Inside a park succeeding at recruiting diverse employees
Antonio Solorio helps national park reach L.A.’s Latino majority.
Meet the aspiring ranger locked out by National Park Service practices
Meet the aspiring ranger locked out by National Park Service practices
The Park Service has seemed to get in its own way when it comes to hiring more diverse applicants.
Latest: NASA determines methane hotspot is from natural gas production
In Northern New Mexico, a piñon-nut culture is vanishing
In Northern New Mexico, a piñon-nut culture is vanishing
A warming climate hits piñon pines — and the community that harvests them.
Photos from rural America’s veteran heartland
Photos from rural America’s veteran heartland
These Nevada counties outrank almost anywhere else in the country for per capita veteran populations.
William Henry Jackson’s history-making photos
William Henry Jackson’s history-making photos
See these rare color photographs of the early West.
A visit to the Grand Canyon, without handrails
A visit to the Grand Canyon, without handrails
A wild river is “a necessity of the human spirit.”
Delta flood’s carbon footprint, floodplain fallout and purple fungi fighters
The Park Service’s befuddled funding
The Park Service’s befuddled funding
The cash-strapped agency wrestles with corporate sponsorships and budget shortfalls.
How the Park Service is planning for climate change
How the Park Service is planning for climate change
The agency is forging ahead despite meager help from Congress.
Desert rising?
Farewell to a senior editor
What climate change is doing to the parks
What climate change is doing to the parks
A sample of the shifts already underway due to a warming climate.