Public Lands

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.
Gold country: A precious metal, a mining mega-corp and a captive workforce
Gold country: A precious metal, a mining mega-corp and a captive workforce
In 2019, two gold-mining giants joined forces, with huge consequences for the Northern Nevada community and economy.
Harry Reid’s legacy will be remembered on the land
Harry Reid’s legacy will be remembered on the land
A reflection on what endures after the death of the longtime senator from Nevada.
Religious gatekeeping in red-rock country
Religious gatekeeping in red-rock country
A resort capitalizes on a nearby Yavapai-Apache religious site despite having no meaningful relationship with the tribe.
Biden eyes protections for sage grouse
Biden eyes protections for sage grouse
Here are 11 stats on why that matters.
Two Democrats kill chances of reforming outdated hardrock mining law
Two Democrats kill chances of reforming outdated hardrock mining law
The nearly 150-year old law allows mining companies to extract resources like copper and lithium royalty-free.
The Westiest programs in Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The Westiest programs in Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The act is the New Deal redux, with a splash of ecosystem restoration.
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.
Bears Ears is back — but don’t celebrate just yet
Bears Ears is back — but don’t celebrate just yet
Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk unpacks the deeper implications — and limitations — of Biden’s monuments proclamation.
Where do public lands factor into the homelessness crisis?
Where do public lands factor into the homelessness crisis?
As the housing crisis in the West deepens, more unhoused people are making a home outside.
Collecting seeds to restore prairie grasslands
Collecting seeds to restore prairie grasslands
‘These youth are going to be able to take ownership of healing the land at Fort Belknap.’
The public lands that kept us sane
The public lands that kept us sane
In honor of National Public Lands Day, High Country News staff reflect on access to spaces across the West.
More national parks won’t solve overcrowding
More national parks won’t solve overcrowding
Increase park funding instead.
Idaho denies proposed land exchange
Idaho denies proposed land exchange
The state found that the timber tracts offered in a proposed trade are worth much less than the land around Payette Lake.
Federal judge allows excavation work on Native massacre site
Federal judge allows excavation work on Native massacre site
The decision could shape the way electric vehicles are powered.
National park managers search for answers to overcrowding
National park managers search for answers to overcrowding
Timed-entry reservations and apps that point visitors to less-trafficked areas work to disperse the denizens.
The lack of diversity in outdoor rec is systematic and disconcerting
The lack of diversity in outdoor rec is systematic and disconcerting
I want people of color to feel called to reclaim natural spaces.
Why have gray wolves failed to gain a foothold in Colorado?
Why have gray wolves failed to gain a foothold in Colorado?
The Green River Corridor, a pathway from Wyoming to Colorado, highlights the political and physical barriers wolves face.
A new Conservation Corps for the climate
A new Conservation Corps for the climate
What it means to contribute to the future of a place.
The Apache community running to rescue its holy mountain
The Apache community running to rescue its holy mountain
Indigenous spiritual leaders say the Vatican’s observatory is searching for something it doesn’t understand.
Tree DNA thwarts black market lumber
Tree DNA thwarts black market lumber
How the genetic code of flora helped catch timber thieves.
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