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See the first-ever survey of the Atascosa Highlands
See the first-ever survey of the Atascosa Highlands
An ecologist and a photographer teamed to document and build a living archive of the Borderlands’ biodiversity — before it’s too late.
L.A. girls behind the lens
L.A. girls behind the lens
The Las Fotos Project empowers youth of color to tell their stories.
Documenting destruction from above
Documenting destruction from above
A young photographer highlights the environmental crises facing Indigenous communities at home and abroad.
"If there’s squash bugs in heaven, I ain’t staying" by Stacia Spragg-Braude
Winners of the HCN reader photography contest
Winners of the HCN reader photography contest
Readers’ and editors picks in people, landscape and wildlife.
Navajo ranching in the Chuska Mountains
Navajo ranching in the Chuska Mountains
Keeping a tradition alive in western New Mexico.
In North Dakota, booms past and present
In North Dakota, booms past and present
A photographer returns home to examine changes to the landscape.
How mining transforms the West’s ranching communities
How mining transforms the West’s ranching communities
Photographs of people and places in flux.
Photos of a standoff
Photos of a standoff
Armed militia members join a Nevada rancher to protest a cattle roundup from public land.
Will the Colorado River reach the Gulf of California once more?
Will the Colorado River reach the Gulf of California once more?
Photographs of last month's historic water pulses.
Geoduck fishermen switch to urchins off Washington’s coast
Geoduck fishermen switch to urchins off Washington’s coast
China banned West Coast shellfish after finding traces of toxins.
A city beyond the fog and under one roof
A city beyond the fog and under one roof
Photographs of isolation and community in Whittier, Alaska.
Bison roundup at Rocky Mountain Arsenal refuge
Bison roundup at Rocky Mountain Arsenal refuge
At least 20 animals were removed from the herd to let habitat recover.
Snapshots of a forest two years after a megafire
Kids will be kids
Kids will be kids
Photographer Rebecca Drobis looks for universal images of youth on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana.
A California Hotshot photographs his life fighting wildfires
A California Hotshot photographs his life fighting wildfires
Get a rare peek into what it's really like on the job.
Veteran photographer shines light on US immigration
Veteran photographer shines light on US immigration
Death and deportation at the US-Mexico border, and lives after crossings.
The gray area: a conversation with artist Renee Couture
The gray area: a conversation with artist Renee Couture
An Oregon artist reinterprets the region's timber wars.
Researchers go to Utah to experience another planet: Mars
Researchers go to Utah to experience another planet: Mars
At the Mars Desert Research Station near Hanksville, Utah, researchers consider the possibility of exploring the red planet.
Photographing migrant foragers
Photographing migrant foragers
Eirik Johnson explains his images documenting the lives and culture of itinerant mushroom hunters.
First impressions: an Easterner's new life in the West
First impressions: an Easterner's new life in the West
Photographer Andrew Cullen used Instagram to document his move from Maine to Colorado, capturing Western scenes of surprise and wonder.
The West, in pictures
The West, in pictures
High Country News showcases a selection of photos submitted to SAGE Magazine, a student-run environmental magazine at the Yale Forestry School. The images include beautiful wildlife photography and poignant illustrations of humans' relationship to the natural world.
Street artist Jetsonorama tries a new kind of healing in Navajoland
Street artist Jetsonorama tries a new kind of healing in Navajoland
A black physician wheatpastes gigantic photographs outdoors to celebrate the tribe and human experience.
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