Public Lands

Land transfer advocate and longtime agency combatant now leads BLM
Land transfer advocate and longtime agency combatant now leads BLM
William Perry Pendley has been tasked with overseeing 245 million acres of public lands he’s argued the federal government shouldn’t own.
Can Western states afford to break the boom-and-bust cycle?
Can Western states afford to break the boom-and-bust cycle?
Climate action on public lands would force a reckoning for fossil fuel dependent states and communities.
The legacy of colonialism on public lands created the Mauna Kea conflict
The legacy of colonialism on public lands created the Mauna Kea conflict
Public lands are often the only places where Indigenous sacred landscapes still exist.
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.
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Why we don’t mention my great-grandfather’s name
Aaron A. Abeyta on his family’s shadowy past in New Mexico
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
15 books every well-versed Westerner should read
A reading list for understanding the region.
The deeper meaning of trails
The deeper meaning of trails
Insightful new books in the well-worn genre of trail literature.
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Where will the West’s next national monument be?
Bears Ears isn’t the only local effort to get Obama to designate protections before he leaves office.
Biggest loser at Comb Ridge? The public.
Biggest loser at Comb Ridge? The public.
A landmark within the proposed Bears Ears Monument was sold to private interests.
Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example
Why the Malheur verdict sets a dangerous example
Lawyers “aimed too high” for a conspiracy charge—and lost it all.
A national monument is a heavy-handed solution for Bears Ears
A national monument is a heavy-handed solution for Bears Ears
More protection for these lands would mean more regulation and less freedom.
Famous Western landscapes, recreated with processed food
Famous Western landscapes, recreated with processed food
A pair of artists take on our consumption habits, with Froot Loop hills.
The many landscapes of Bears Ears
The many landscapes of Bears Ears
See photos of the proposed national monument, ranging from meadows to cliffs.
The fight for Bears Ears, on the road
The fight for Bears Ears, on the road
Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Ute Mountain Ute member, takes the monument debate to Washington.
Jury finds occupiers of Oregon wildlife refuge not guilty
Jury finds occupiers of Oregon wildlife refuge not guilty
The ruling could galvanize more anti-federal actions on public lands.
Comb Ridge parcel sold to highest bidder
Comb Ridge parcel sold to highest bidder
The privatized parcel within the proposed Bears Ears national monument could be a sign of things to come.
At least 15 counties have left the American Lands Council
At least 15 counties have left the American Lands Council
But that doesn’t mean Western counties have backed down on land transfers.
Trump met with a leader of the land transfer movement
Trump met with a leader of the land transfer movement
A Nevada county commissioner says the Republican nominee was receptive to the idea of forcing the feds to turn over public lands.
The bid for Bears Ears
The bid for Bears Ears
The tribal push for a Bears Ears monument raises thorny questions of homeland and sovereignty.
It’s time to come to terms with euthanizing wild horses
It’s time to come to terms with euthanizing wild horses
The wild horse and burro debate in the West has devolved to knee-jerk rancor.
Malheur occupation impacts linger throughout the West
Malheur occupation impacts linger throughout the West
Sagebrush Rebellion flareups cooled off after Bundy arrests but the standoff’s effects ripple out.
A look at Gold Butte, Nevada, two years after the Bundy standoff
A look at Gold Butte, Nevada, two years after the Bundy standoff
Surveyors found illegal cattle grazing, defaced petroglyphs and ditch-digging.
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