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Backpacking the blast zone
Backpacking the blast zone
At Mount St. Helens, they never say ‘recovery.’
Raptors in flight
Raptors in flight
Enduring relationships begin with encounters.
When private pain becomes a community problem
When private pain becomes a community problem
How a rural clinic sparked a small-town addiction crisis.
River of healing
River of healing
Can veterans find solace on the River of No Return?
What Standing Rock meant for those who took part
What Standing Rock meant for those who took part
Protesters from afar didn’t just take a stand in North Dakota — they brought the movement back home.
How Standing Rock blew up
How Standing Rock blew up
In a short time, a tribal concern became a massive movement.
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Obama’s lasting legacies in the West
Under the 44th president, the West re-examined its relationship to energy and the climate.
How the National Park Service is failing women
How the National Park Service is failing women
The agency tasked with safeguarding our greatest public lands has neglected to protect its workers.
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
How to love a weird and perfect wilderness
A desolate Oregon landscape offers lessons on the modern wild.
Terry Tempest Williams and the refuge of change
Terry Tempest Williams and the refuge of change
One of the West’s most beloved authors revisits Great Salt Lake.
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Aaron A. Abeyta on his family’s shadowy past in New Mexico
The bid for Bears Ears
The bid for Bears Ears
The tribal push for a Bears Ears monument raises thorny questions of homeland and sovereignty.
In Arizona’s shift toward purple, a backlash to Trump hastens the pace
In Arizona’s shift toward purple, a backlash to Trump hastens the pace
Democrats hope increased Latino turnout will upset Republican dominance in the state.
The afterlife of cotton
The afterlife of cotton
Through the present and past of a border town, on the trail of literary legend José Revueltas.
How humans nurtured the hated mosquito
How humans nurtured the hated mosquito
Alexander von Humboldt and the spread of Aedes aegypti.
What hospital closures mean for rural California
What hospital closures mean for rural California
The very economic decline that contributed to their closure is likely to be worsened by their disappearance.
Meet the man helping the Park Service prepare for a hotter future
Meet the man helping the Park Service prepare for a hotter future
Patrick Gonzalez walks the walk when it comes to climate action.
Why has the National Park Service gotten whiter?
Why has the National Park Service gotten whiter?
The agency is trying to hire more racially diverse staff — but can’t seem to make headway.
Line of descent: How poor management left Mexican wolves dangerously inbred
Line of descent: How poor management left Mexican wolves dangerously inbred
Missteps and conflict between the state and the feds have hounded the recovery of Arizona and New Mexico’s remaining wolf packs.
Salmon power
Salmon power
A historic legal victory could give Alaska tribes more control over their fish, wildlife and homelands.
The grand plan to save the Yellowstone River
The grand plan to save the Yellowstone River
Can one man’s pie-in-the-sky idea save one of the West’s most iconic and underloved rivers?
What if I’m not white?
What if I’m not white?
A former sports writer tries to find a place for himself in the outdoors.
When water turns to dust
When water turns to dust
In Oregon, a cluster of lakes is drying up — with dire impacts for the millions of migrating birds that survive off them.