Public Lands

Where the Great American Outdoors Act stands now
Where the Great American Outdoors Act stands now
After passing with bipartisan support in August, the conservation law hits stumbling blocks. Here’s what may happen next.
How fossil-fueled politics undermined a backcountry compromise
How fossil-fueled politics undermined a backcountry compromise
William Perry Pendley’s illegal stint as agency head undoes a first-of-its-kind land designation in Montana.
Montana’s new governor scares conservationists
Montana’s new governor scares conservationists
Republican Greg Gianforte has a history of support for rolling back protections for public lands and waters.
In southwestern Utah, unceasing growth means increased tension
In southwestern Utah, unceasing growth means increased tension
Access to public lands has caused St. George to become one of the fastest-growing metro areas in the country.
Immigrants aren’t the real threat to public lands
Immigrants aren’t the real threat to public lands
Population growth isn’t the problem. Look to the American lifestyle and economy instead.
As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd
As ethics questions swirl, Zinke knows how to work a crowd
The Interior secretary woos conservatives with logging, drilling, public access.
‘No trespassing’ laws create personal playgrounds for the wealthy
‘No trespassing’ laws create personal playgrounds for the wealthy
Westerners must fight for the right to roam in the age of ‘stand your ground’ laws.
Mountain bikes shouldn’t be banned from wild landscapes
Mountain bikes shouldn’t be banned from wild landscapes
Conservationists, cyclists and other wilderness visitors all value public lands.
Military jets shouldn’t shatter the peace of public lands
Military jets shouldn’t shatter the peace of public lands
The piercing sounds of war training assault visitors to Olympic National Park.
Latest: EPA seeks to dismiss Gold King lawsuits
Latest: EPA seeks to dismiss Gold King lawsuits
Agency says it’s already working on cleanup of old mining mess.
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
Imperiled wildlife are caught in a political tug-of-war
The proposed bills and rule changes that would reshape the Endangered Species Act.
When cattle go missing in wolf territory, who should pay the price?
When cattle go missing in wolf territory, who should pay the price?
A program to reimburse Oregon ranchers for livestock killed by wolves is in trouble.
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
The Colorado valley at stake in Trump’s oil boom
After coal waned, a community redefined itself. Will new leases turn back the clock?
 With a pardon, Trump perpetuates Bundy standoff
With a pardon, Trump perpetuates Bundy standoff
Clemency for Oregon ranchers convicted of arson fans anti-federal flames.
Latest: Lands returned to the Mountain Maidu tribe
Latest: Lands returned to the Mountain Maidu tribe
The tribe is the first federally nonrecognized tribe to get lands back in California.
Trump pardons Oregon ranchers, symbols of anti-federal movement
Trump pardons Oregon ranchers, symbols of anti-federal movement
The move is the latest win for sagebrush rebels, anti-government extremists.
New EPA head has long history of ties to mining interests
New EPA head has long history of ties to mining interests
Watchdog groups worry Andrew Wheeler will advance an agenda of deregulation.
Feds eye changes to a bedrock environmental law
Feds eye changes to a bedrock environmental law
A clash over the National Environmental Policy Act follows familiar fault lines.
Hikes to beat the Western heat
Hikes to beat the Western heat
Find a shady jaunt or a stream to swim in in your state.
The wonder of White Sands
The wonder of White Sands
A photographer lovingly documents New Mexico’s desert national monument.
Should a hike be a social event or an encounter with the wild?
Should a hike be a social event or an encounter with the wild?
A crowded South Korean national park offers a glimpse of the West’s possible future.
Don’t let politicians kill conservation’s bank account
Don’t let politicians kill conservation’s bank account
If Congress doesn’t act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will end on Sept. 30.
Solar energy deserves a place on public lands
Solar energy deserves a place on public lands
Prioritizing oil and gas over renewables ignores market forces and climate concerns.
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