Public Lands

Oil lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge draws few bidders
Oil lease sale for Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge draws few bidders
The Trump administration succeeded in opening the refuge for drilling. The highest bidder? The state of Alaska itself.
The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences
The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences
History and the growing power of right-wing extremism point to a volatile future for the West during the Biden presidency.
When COVID hit, a Colorado county kicked out second-home owners. They hit back.
When COVID hit, a Colorado county kicked out second-home owners. They hit back.
How a group of nonresident homeowners tried to influence a rural Colorado election.
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.
Latest: Sagebrush conservation efforts are failing
Latest: Sagebrush conservation efforts are failing
A new report says weeds and wildfire are major threats to sagebrush habitat.
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
After Malheur, side effects of the Bundys’ extremism linger
But in Harney County, Oregon, collaboration around public lands grows.
Bears Ears: An elegy for what was lost?
Bears Ears: An elegy for what was lost?
A book of photos explores the mesas and canyons of Bears Ears.
Reckoning with History: The devolution of conservation’s trust fund
Reckoning with History: The devolution of conservation’s trust fund
The Land and Water Conservation Fund is set to expire, thanks to a partisan Congress.
Latest: Northwest timber poaching increases
Latest: Northwest timber poaching increases
Forest Service rangers manage to bust some tree thieves — but most still get away.
Latest: What volcanic eruptions can teach us
Latest: What volcanic eruptions can teach us
Mount St. Helens research enlightens the response to the recent Hawaiian eruption.
National parks endure rising visitation and less staff
National parks endure rising visitation and less staff
Politicians disagree over funding, leaving visitors waiting and projects backlogged.
Nevada’s senators fight the Yucca Mountain resurgence
Nevada’s senators fight the Yucca Mountain resurgence
Republican political favors could again kill the nuclear waste project — for now.
Actually — I think stoke will save us
Actually — I think stoke will save us
Passion for place matters, and outdoor recreationists are taking action every day.
Exploring the West? Don’t start a wildfire.
Exploring the West? Don’t start a wildfire.
Here are some tips on how to stay safe.
White Sands National … Park?
White Sands National … Park?
A bill could establish New Mexico’s second national park within a missile range.
Tell Interior not to sell off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Tell Interior not to sell off the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Against economic and ecological reason, officials plan to open the refuge to drilling.
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    The Grand Canyon director, with the Grand Canyon manager, conservation director, and other staff, envisions, prioritizes, and implements strategies for the Grand Canyon Trust's work...
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    Great Old Broads for Wilderness seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant to support the organization's general operations. This includes phone and email communications, office correspondence and...
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    Built in 1901, The Crazy Mountain Inn has 11 guest rooms in a town-center building on 7 city lots (.58 acres). The inn and restaurant...
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    by Edith Tarbescu. "One Will: Three Wives" is packed with a large array of interesting suspects, all of whom could be a murderer ... a...
  • PROGRAM DIRECTOR, SALAZAR CENTER FOR NORTH AMERICAN CONSERVATION
    The Program Director will oversee the programmatic initiatives of The Salazar Center, working closely with the Center's Director and staff to engage the world's leading...
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    Salary Range: $70,000-$80,000. Location: Denver, CO, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Missoula, MT or potentially elsewhere for the right person. Application Review: on a rolling basis....
  • RIVER EDUCATOR/GUIDE + TRIP LEADER
    Position Description: Full-time seasonal positions (mid-March through October) Organizational Background: Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a 10 year old nonprofit organization fostering community stewardship of...
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    Position Description: Part-time, year-round bookkeeping and administration position (12 - 16 hours/week) $16 - $18/hour DOE Organizational Background: Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is a 10...
  • LAND STEWARD
    San Isabel Land Protection Trust seeks a full-time Land Steward to manage and oversee its conservation easement monitoring and stewardship program for 42,437 acres in...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    Ventana Wilderness Alliance is seeking an experienced forward-facing public land conservation leader to serve as its Executive Director. The mission of the Ventana Wilderness Alliance...
  • COMMUNICATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    The Quivira Coalition (www.quiviracoaltion.org) is a Santa Fe-based nonprofit that builds resilience on arid working lands. We foster ecological, economic, and social health through education,...
  • GRANT WRITER
    "We all love this place we call Montana. We believe that land and water and air are not ours to despoil, but ours to steward...
  • DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR
    The Development Director is responsible for organizing and launching a coherent set of development activities to build support for the Natural History Institute's programs and...
  • WILDLIFE PROJECT COORDINATOR
    Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 53 state/territorial affiliates and more...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    The Cinnabar Foundation helps protect and conserve water, wildlife and wild lands in Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem by supporting organizations and people who...
  • TRUSTEE AND PHILANTHROPY RELATIONS MANGER,
    Come experience Work You Can Believe In! The Nature Conservancy in Alaska is seeking a Trustee and Philanthropy Relations Manager. This position is critical to...
  • EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT FRIENDS OF CEDAR MESA
    -The Land, History, and People of the Bears Ears Region- The Bears Ears and Cedar Mesa region is one of the most beautiful, complex, diverse,...
  • CONSERVATION SPECIALIST
    Position will remain open until January 31, 2021 Join Our Team! The New Mexico Land Conservancy (NMLC) is a non-profit land trust organization dedicated to...
  • OLIVERBRANCH CONSULTING
    Non-Profit Management Professional specializing in Transitional Leadership, Strategic Collaborations, Communications and Grant Management/Writing.
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