Public Lands

What’s the value of tracking recreation in the West?
What’s the value of tracking recreation in the West?
Fast-growing Western communities face a paradox of increased visitors.
A Colorado county provides a model for saving the West’s open spaces
A Colorado county provides a model for saving the West’s open spaces
A sales-tax funded program pays ranchers and farmers to not develop their land or sell their water rights.
The Biden administration’s critical role in  Indian Country
The Biden administration’s critical role in Indian Country
Four important decisions will impact the forests, lands and waters of tribal nations.
The Great American Outdoors Act passes Senate with bipartisan support
The Great American Outdoors Act passes Senate with bipartisan support
The legislation will alleviate a national park project backlog and permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Vulnerable republicans back conservation bill
Vulnerable republicans back conservation bill
Ahead of the elections, two senators champion an act that would permanently fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Contested domestic sheep allotment in Colorado retired
Contested domestic sheep allotment in Colorado retired
Rancher J. Paul Brown gives up his permit near the Weminuche Wilderness to protect vulnerable bighorn sheep populations.
Catching a band of wildlife killers
Catching a band of wildlife killers
How a bounty of digital evidence led to the downfall of one of the nation’s deadliest poaching crews.
Lawsuit challenges acting BLM director’s Senate confirmation avoidance
Lawsuit challenges acting BLM director’s Senate confirmation avoidance
William Perry Pendley had his tenure extended in early May.
Bureau of Land Management leaders have lost their way
Bureau of Land Management leaders have lost their way
A former state director argues narrow interests have dominated the agency’s direction.
Los costos desiguales de un cierre parejo
Los costos desiguales de un cierre parejo
Mientras cerremos el acceso a espacios al aire libre, deberemos hacernos responsables por su impacto desigual.
Wildlife is thriving in national parks — for now
Wildlife is thriving in national parks — for now
‘This is something we haven’t seen in our lifetimes.’
Groups sue over acting BLM director’s appointment
Groups sue over acting BLM director’s appointment
William Perry Pendley has long opposed public lands and wildlife protections but is tasked with overseeing them.
The threat below Mount St. Helens
The threat below Mount St. Helens
Forty years after the mountain’s eruption, officials struggle to balance research and risk.
Hunting and fishing provide food security in the time of COVID-19
Hunting and fishing provide food security in the time of COVID-19
But virus fears and travel restrictions could impact big game season in the fall.
Border wall construction brings crowds, and COVID-19 anxiety, into Arizona towns
Border wall construction brings crowds, and COVID-19 anxiety, into Arizona towns
Hundreds of workers are passing through the rural border communities, where medical services are already strained.
Park closures have unequal costs
Park closures have unequal costs
As we limit outdoor access, consider the impact on underrepresented communities.
Uranium mining threatens our home, the Grand Canyon
Uranium mining threatens our home, the Grand Canyon
Since time immemorial, the Havasupai have lived inside the natural wonder. We face yet another peril.
How Mormon history helps explain today’s public-land fights
How Mormon history helps explain today’s public-land fights
Betsy Gaines Quammen’s new book looks at the Bundy family and religion’s connection to the Western landscape.
How do you stay at home when you’ve chosen a life on the road?
How do you stay at home when you’ve chosen a life on the road?
Those who live nomadically face new pressures under coronavirus.
During the pandemic, how do you ethically get outdoors?
During the pandemic, how do you ethically get outdoors?
Sheltering responsibly doesn’t mean you have to stay inside.
The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands
The danger of self-isolating from COVID-19 on public lands
Gateway communities grow wary of out-of-town crowds.
The Park Service is selling out to telecom giants
The Park Service is selling out to telecom giants
With Trump’s blessing, cell towers are infiltrating protected public lands across the West.
Government report found best practices lacking in BLM relocation
Government report found best practices lacking in BLM relocation
The Government Accountability Office says the agency’s ‘analysis of costs and benefits did not include key information.’
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