Public Lands

Go ahead, wander your way
Go ahead, wander your way
Glamping, Pokémon Go and selfies. There’s no wrong way to do wilderness.
With more monuments, Republican backlash mounts
With more monuments, Republican backlash mounts
A proposed bill moves to weaken executive power of the Antiquities Act.
For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
For tribes, new designations are culturally monumental
Obama created national monuments at Bears Ears and Gold Butte, sites with huge significance to Native Americans.
U.S. House changes its rules to ease federal land transfers
U.S. House changes its rules to ease federal land transfers
The Western movement to transfer federal lands scores an early victory in the new Congress.
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
West Obsessed: Obama’s region-wide legacy
The staff of High Country News discuss the 44th president’s impact on the West’s land, energy and the environment.
Bears Ears a go — but here’s where Obama drew the line
Bears Ears a go — but here’s where Obama drew the line
The designation’s concessions are unlikely to appease ardent opponents.
A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
A tribal coalition wins a monument for Bears Ears
While consensus supporting a designation grew, many Utah politicians argued that the president’s action is an abuse of power.
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
The ‘chickenization’ of beef
Obama’s efforts to help small-scale ranchers competing against Big Ag were blocked and ultimately fell short.
Trump’s Interior pick confounds conservationists
Trump’s Interior pick confounds conservationists
Montana Rep. Ryan Zinke evokes Roosevelt, but his record has veered away from environmental protection.
Trump’s Cabinet choices reflect deep Koch influence
Trump’s Cabinet choices reflect deep Koch influence
A rundown of the people with ties to ALEC, the Koch brothers and federal land transfer legislation.
Second round of Malheur defendants face conspiracy charges
Second round of Malheur defendants face conspiracy charges
Federal prosecutors are moving ahead, despite the first trial’s acquittal.
How we investigated the National Park Service’s history of sexual harassment
How we investigated the National Park Service’s history of sexual harassment
A methodology of our yearlong series about how the agency treats women.
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.
It’s not the Wild West anymore. Look before you shoot.
It’s not the Wild West anymore. Look before you shoot.
Carrying a gun in the backcountry isn’t the issue—responsible use is.
The other land transfer effort
The other land transfer effort
After more than a century, some Western states receive school trust lands.
Feds to send conciliators amid tensions over Dakota Access
Feds to send conciliators amid tensions over Dakota Access
In Bismarck, officials describe a chaotic mix of law enforcement and protesters.
West Obsessed: Trump’s cross-purposed energy policy
West Obsessed: Trump’s cross-purposed energy policy
The staff of High Country News discuss the inherent paradoxes in the president-elect’s campaign promises.
Obama’s rush to the end
Obama’s rush to the end
Keeping track of rulemaking, policy decisions and other last actions before the Trump administration’s inauguration.
The Bundy family, on trial
The Bundy family, on trial
In Oregon, they were acquitted, but what will happen in Nevada?
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.
More books essential to understanding the American West
More books essential to understanding the American West
Readers tell us their favorites from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.
Two lesser-known reasons to celebrate our public lands
Two lesser-known reasons to celebrate our public lands
It may be the Park Service’s 100th year, but these policies have done a lot for open space.
Election roundup: What happened in the West
Election roundup: What happened in the West
A rundown of the West’s political shifts and ballot measures.