Public Lands

High Country News founder, Tom Bell, passes
High Country News founder, Tom Bell, passes
A Wyoming rancher and self-proclaimed maverick, Bell led a lifelong conservation effort.
How the Dakota pipeline protest is spreading Westwide
How the Dakota pipeline protest is spreading Westwide
The protests are fueled by a diverse array of causes, from tribal sovereignty to fossil fuel dependence.
What we’re reading about the Bundy trial in Oregon
What we’re reading about the Bundy trial in Oregon
A guide to making sense of the courtroom drama, as the trial begins.
The Bundys go on trial
The Bundys go on trial
Following Oregon occupation and Nevada standoff, a family that refuses to accept the federal government will have its day in court.
The new Malheur occupants: Grazing cattle
The new Malheur occupants: Grazing cattle
The Bundy clan may be in jail, but ranchers continue to take advantage of the refuge.
The Park Service’s befuddled funding
The Park Service’s befuddled funding
The cash-strapped agency wrestles with corporate sponsorships and budget shortfalls.
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.
BLM partners with mountain bikers to combat illegal trails
BLM partners with mountain bikers to combat illegal trails
The agency is increasingly looking to locals to help deal with high demand for recreation access.
Park Service ended a wolf study in Alaska, since so many have been killed
Park Service ended a wolf study in Alaska, since so many have been killed
The state culled wolves that had been collared, and it’s no longer feasible to continue research.
Don’t let Bears Ears go the way of Moab
Don’t let Bears Ears go the way of Moab
Industrial tourism has transformed the town. Bears Ears doesn’t have to suffer the same fate.
BLM moves away from landmark Northwest Forest Plan
BLM moves away from landmark Northwest Forest Plan
Court showdown may force the agency to reconsider its Pacific Northwest logging goals.
Emotions run high over monument designation in Utah
Emotions run high over monument designation in Utah
Battle lines over a proposed Bears Ears monument are blurred, dividing tribes and towns.
Latest: The BLM to study surgical sterilization of wild horses
Latest: The BLM to study surgical sterilization of wild horses
As ever, changes to the agency’s wild horse policy have sparked controversy.
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
The American Lands Council supports local control but keeps its list of member counties secret.
This year’s GOP platform pushes federal land transfers
This year’s GOP platform pushes federal land transfers
“Returning” lands to states has long been a party plank and a shifting political landscape could open the door.
 How do Trump and Clinton differ on conservation?
How do Trump and Clinton differ on conservation?
Presidential campaigns offer a sneak peek into natural resource policies.
Meet the new advocates for the West
Meet the new advocates for the West
A generation of young Western activists are using outdoor sports as a step towards conservation.
Meet the group that’s turning artists into nature’s advocates
Meet the group that’s turning artists into nature’s advocates
In the backcountry, an experiment in using art to elevate environmental issues.
Diversity in the outdoors, one hashtag at a time
Diversity in the outdoors, one hashtag at a time
A conversation with Teresa Baker, founder of Hike Like a Girl.
Right-wing militant charged for planting a bomb at BLM building
Right-wing militant charged for planting a bomb at BLM building
A federal felony complaint reveals that the feds are continuing to investigate extremism on public lands.
West Obsessed: The legacy of sexual harassment in public-lands agencies
West Obsessed: The legacy of sexual harassment in public-lands agencies
Listen to HCN reporters discuss this long-standing institutional problem.
In praise of a wild West
In praise of a wild West
A 21st-century vision for Western public lands, including their role in solving challenges like climate change.
Arizona Rep. Grijalva targets extremism on public lands
Arizona Rep. Grijalva targets extremism on public lands
Dozens of high-profile former federal employees sign a letter urging Congress to address Sagebrush Insurgency threats.