Public Lands

BLM head: ‘What I thought, what I wrote, what I did in the past is irrelevant.’
BLM head: ‘What I thought, what I wrote, what I did in the past is irrelevant.’
Acting BLM Director William Perry Pendley won’t answer questions about his history of climate denial or denigrating immigrants at environmental journalism conference.
30 million acres of public land in Alaska at risk of being developed or transferred
Dozens of former BLM officials denounce moving headquarters out of D.C.
Dozens of former BLM officials denounce moving headquarters out of D.C.
‘You’re setting up the BLM for failure.’
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.
High Country News founder, Tom Bell, passes
High Country News founder, Tom Bell, passes
A Wyoming rancher and self-proclaimed maverick, Bell led a lifelong conservation effort.
How the Dakota pipeline protest is spreading Westwide
How the Dakota pipeline protest is spreading Westwide
The protests are fueled by a diverse array of causes, from tribal sovereignty to fossil fuel dependence.
What we’re reading about the Bundy trial in Oregon
What we’re reading about the Bundy trial in Oregon
A guide to making sense of the courtroom drama, as the trial begins.
The Bundys go on trial
The Bundys go on trial
Following Oregon occupation and Nevada standoff, a family that refuses to accept the federal government will have its day in court.
The new Malheur occupants: Grazing cattle
The new Malheur occupants: Grazing cattle
The Bundy clan may be in jail, but ranchers continue to take advantage of the refuge.
The Park Service’s befuddled funding
The Park Service’s befuddled funding
The cash-strapped agency wrestles with corporate sponsorships and budget shortfalls.
Meet the man helping the Park Service prepare for a hotter future
Meet the man helping the Park Service prepare for a hotter future
Patrick Gonzalez walks the walk when it comes to climate action.
BLM partners with mountain bikers to combat illegal trails
BLM partners with mountain bikers to combat illegal trails
The agency is increasingly looking to locals to help deal with high demand for recreation access.
Park Service ended a wolf study in Alaska, since so many have been killed
Park Service ended a wolf study in Alaska, since so many have been killed
The state culled wolves that had been collared, and it’s no longer feasible to continue research.
Don’t let Bears Ears go the way of Moab
Don’t let Bears Ears go the way of Moab
Industrial tourism has transformed the town. Bears Ears doesn’t have to suffer the same fate.
BLM moves away from landmark Northwest Forest Plan
BLM moves away from landmark Northwest Forest Plan
Court showdown may force the agency to reconsider its Pacific Northwest logging goals.
Emotions run high over monument designation in Utah
Emotions run high over monument designation in Utah
Battle lines over a proposed Bears Ears monument are blurred, dividing tribes and towns.
Latest: The BLM to study surgical sterilization of wild horses
Latest: The BLM to study surgical sterilization of wild horses
As ever, changes to the agency’s wild horse policy have sparked controversy.
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
Land transfer battles rage on, county by county
The American Lands Council supports local control but keeps its list of member counties secret.
This year’s GOP platform pushes federal land transfers
This year’s GOP platform pushes federal land transfers
“Returning” lands to states has long been a party plank and a shifting political landscape could open the door.
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