Editor's note

Our political decisions have Earth-wide implications
Our political decisions have Earth-wide implications
The facts are in. Now we have to decide what to do about them.
Marginalized and houseless in the West
The movements produced by rural white scorn
The movements produced by rural white scorn
From the Bundys to the State of Jefferson, resentment from disempowered white communities is growing.
Examining the disparity of urban and rural growth
Examining the disparity of urban and rural growth
A new project taps into how rural Montana is grappling with its uncertain future.
Understanding humans’ place in the ecosystem
Understanding humans’ place in the ecosystem
Where wildness reigns, humans give up their dominant roles.
We need a better social contract with wildfire
We need a better social contract with wildfire
The 2017 fire season has made it clear our current policies don’t work.
How do states treat the lands they own?
How do states treat the lands they own?
An investigation into state land management, to better understand what’s at stake in federal land transfers.
Solace and perspective in writings about the West
Solace and perspective in writings about the West
Western authors offer different lenses through which to understand our region.
Where is the forest-restoration economy?
Where is the forest-restoration economy?
The budget-starved Forest Service gives jobs to the lowest bidder instead of local communities.
Seeking economic health for small towns
Seeking economic health for small towns
A project looks at how communities are faring in rural New Mexico.
Migrations, old and new
Migrations, old and new
Humans have always trekked paths to new places.
Climate change is our new reality
Climate change is our new reality
A summer of hurricanes, flooding and wildfires made it clear: the climate is changing.
Dams are a divisive issue, but do they need to be?
Dams are a divisive issue, but do they need to be?
What we can learn from the Elwa River.
When solar eclipses coal
When solar eclipses coal
A solar eclipse comes to the West as solar energy surges past coal.
The Anthropocene: Our self-inflicted wound
The Anthropocene: Our self-inflicted wound
On getting past fear and toward a philosophy more useful.
Why we’re drawn to trails
Why we’re drawn to trails
On the kinship between walkers.
Our ‘Montana moment’
Our ‘Montana moment’
Perspective on polarized politics in the West.
On nature and human nature
On nature and human nature
We’re tied to the natural world — despite our efforts to the contrary.
The myths that imprison us
The myths that imprison us
A prison town reflects Western truths of reinvention and subjugation.
We’re not an environmental magazine
We’re not an environmental magazine
A deeper look at the way we cover the lands and communities of the American West.
You can’t take politics out of the West
You can’t take politics out of the West
Our editor-in-chief responds to recent criticism.
Remember, we’ve seen this before
There and back again