Public Lands

The climate bill’s blind spot
The climate bill’s blind spot
A closer look at the good and the bad of specific provisions in the historic climate bill, the Inflation Reduction Act.
A new biography resurrects a Western conservation writer
A new biography resurrects a Western conservation writer
Bernard DeVoto’s work has fallen into obscurity, but the land remembers his legacy.
Was Yellowstone’s deadliest wolf hunt in 100 years an inside job?
Was Yellowstone’s deadliest wolf hunt in 100 years an inside job?
Veteran park service employees were involved in last year’s hunt, but one says he’s a victim of a federal ‘witch hunt.’
Utah asks for exemption from Forest Service roadless rule
Utah asks for exemption from Forest Service roadless rule
For two decades, the rule has protected nearly four million acres in Utah.
Commercial honeybees threaten to displace Utah’s native bees
Commercial honeybees threaten to displace Utah’s native bees
Federal lands could offer hives a respite from pesticides.
New Mexico lawmakers focus on equity in the outdoors
New Mexico lawmakers focus on equity in the outdoors
A new fund would help low-income youth play in their public lands.
It’s time to revisit an old way to resolve public land fights
It’s time to revisit an old way to resolve public land fights
Commissions offer a way to navigate thorny policy questions and find consensus.
Five lessons from the government shutdown about national parks
Five lessons from the government shutdown about national parks
Our national parks still matter, even if they got trashed.
When conservation provides a cover for anti-Indigenous sentiments
When conservation provides a cover for anti-Indigenous sentiments
A nation of laws cannot exist on stolen land.
New bill leaves lands protected, lawmaking neglected
New bill leaves lands protected, lawmaking neglected
A bipartisan public lands bill punts on overhauling environmental policies.
Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal
Development plans test a decade-old conservation deal
Were concessions to protect undeveloped land in California worth it?
Western voters care more about climate than ‘energy dominance’
Western voters care more about climate than ‘energy dominance’
An annual survey reveals a leap in support of conservation policies.
Update: Western states move to limit trapping
Update: Western states move to limit trapping
Caught dogs and imperiled martens spur reforms for fur-bearer trapping.
Seattle’s highway hell; crazy river questions; a sweet spill
Seattle’s highway hell; crazy river questions; a sweet spill
Mishaps and mayhem from around the region.
Why Wyoming’s public lands are locked up
Why Wyoming’s public lands are locked up
The Cowboy State has more inaccessible public lands than anywhere in the West.
Zinke leaves unfinished business at the Interior Department
Zinke leaves unfinished business at the Interior Department
The questionable legality of the Trump administration’s aggressive deregulatory and development-friendly policies could end up being its undoing.
Should energy interests outweigh wildlife?
Should energy interests outweigh wildlife?
In Wyoming, Trump’s energy dominance mandate could irreparably devastate mule deer migrations.
A critical solution to climate change is right here in the West
A critical solution to climate change is right here in the West
In pursuit of a ‘Green New Deal,’ don’t forget public lands.
Hunters and anglers flex their political muscles
Hunters and anglers flex their political muscles
In the midterms, public land access issues helped several candidates nab governorships.
The shutdown has halted important scientific research
The shutdown has halted important scientific research
Disrupted funding for federal science hurts Western lands and economies.
States and advocates help tackle ‘crisis’ at national parks
States and advocates help tackle ‘crisis’ at national parks
Amid the government shutdown, the Park Service faces trash mounds and lost revenue.
It’s a mistake to keep parks open during the shutdown
It’s a mistake to keep parks open during the shutdown
Former National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis says the Trump administration is violating the park’s stewardship mandate.
Hunting faces an ethical reckoning
Hunting faces an ethical reckoning
Gruesome social media videos show how far modern hunting has drifted from its roots.
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