Department of Interior

Wildlife in the West: The good, the bad, the in-between
Wildlife in the West: The good, the bad, the in-between
Conservation and wildlife corridors can help, but is it enough?
Who’s after rare metals in the Klamath Mountains?
Who’s after rare metals in the Klamath Mountains?
While the region has a small cache of tellurium, politics and economics are in the way.
Why I’m fighting for a fish I’ve never seen
Why I’m fighting for a fish I’ve never seen
The Clear Lake hitch are vanishing.
Duwamish Tribe sues Interior in federal court, alleging sex discrimination
Duwamish Tribe sues Interior in federal court, alleging sex discrimination
After decades of back-and-forth with federal authorities, the matrilineal descendants of Chief Seattle want federal recognition, once and for all.
See the Western conservation projects getting Infrastructure Act money this year
See the Western conservation projects getting Infrastructure Act money this year
Approximately $68 million will be delivered to more than 100 projects across the country — many of which are based in the West.
‘This is what reconciliation work can look like’
‘This is what reconciliation work can look like’
A researcher explains why she’s using settler-colonial methods to interrogate settler-colonialism in national parks.
Biden’s broken promise on climate?
Biden’s broken promise on climate?
The administration resumes oil and gas leasing — and fixes a dysfunctional system in the process.
National parks center colonizer histories through place names
National parks center colonizer histories through place names
A recent study analyzes the impacts of appropriated and derogatory place names in the nation’s national parks.
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.
Powell’s looming power problem
Powell’s looming power problem
Drought and demand threaten a critical component of the Western grid.
Interior is pushing states to replace derogatory place names with colonial ones
Interior is pushing states to replace derogatory place names with colonial ones
In Washington, 18 place names with the ‘sq—’ slur are being changed to names like ‘Columbia.’ State officials say that’s not good enough.
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 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.
What does the Bureau of Land Management need? More money.
What does the Bureau of Land Management need? More money.
A lot more money — and its new, nonprofit foundation is here to help.
Conservation groups should be able to lease land to protect it
Conservation groups should be able to lease land to protect it
‘Use it or lose it’ rules can bias public-land management in favor of extraction.
Interior devotes billions to plugging old oil wells. Is it enough?
Interior devotes billions to plugging old oil wells. Is it enough?
The agency under-counted abandoned wells by more than half, which means the effort covers only a fraction of the cost.
Biden’s ‘herky-jerky’ first year on Western issues
Biden’s ‘herky-jerky’ first year on Western issues
The new president sacrificed bold executive action to try to win over Congress.
40 years after its closure,  the Jackpile Mine’s toxic legacy continues
40 years after its closure, the Jackpile Mine’s toxic legacy continues
‘They have to look at it every day and wonder if that’s the reason why they’re dying.’
A federal drought relief program left southern Oregon parched
A federal drought relief program left southern Oregon parched
For two decades, the Bureau of Reclamation incentivized farmers to pump water faster than the resource could recover, despite warnings from its own scientists.
Interior’s new oil-and gas-leasing roadmap sidesteps climate action
Interior’s new oil-and gas-leasing roadmap sidesteps climate action
The report leaves the door open for new leases on public land. What does that mean for the West?
What Biden’s infrastructure bill means for wildfire management
What Biden’s infrastructure bill means for wildfire management
The bill allocates $3.3 billion for firefighter raises, prescribed fire, defending communities and more.
The Park Service buried its own study on harassment
The Park Service buried its own study on harassment
The agency promised transparency and action. Instead, it kept the audit confidential.
The hunt for critical minerals in Colorado raises critical questions
The hunt for critical minerals in Colorado raises critical questions
When Earth MRI began surveying, residents grew concerned about the prospect of mining.
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