Public Lands

A reality check on Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan
A reality check on Biden’s ‘30 by 30’ conservation plan
The plan has lofty ambitions, but what’s happening on the ground tells a different story of how it might play out.
The threat of wildfire in the West arrives alongside tourists
The threat of wildfire in the West arrives alongside tourists
In Mammoth Lakes, California, residents are still anxious from the 2020 fire season.
Crowds swarm the public lands
Crowds swarm the public lands
Land managers and gateway communities struggle to keep up.
A roadmap for nomadic love
A roadmap for nomadic love
One couple’s story of a long-distance relationship across the landscape.
Interior moves swiftly after Trump’s climate order
Interior moves swiftly after Trump’s climate order
As other agencies prepare for a long haul, Ryan Zinke has an immediate impact.
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
Sportsmen pull public-lands politics to the center
As threats intensify, sportsmen emerge as a persuasive voice.
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Oregon may sell a state forest that’s no longer profitable
Elliott State Forest shows the difficult balance between profit and conservation.
Oil expected in Dakota Access Pipeline this week
Oil expected in Dakota Access Pipeline this week
What ongoing legal battles tell us about protections for religious freedoms and government consultation with tribes.
Busting the tree ring
Busting the tree ring
How a landmark investigation unraveled a Washington timber-poaching gang.
A tale of two Roosevelts
A tale of two Roosevelts
Two books examine how both Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt helped build an American conservation ethos.
 ‘Look for something white’
‘Look for something white’
Discovering the North through its most iconic birds.
What will a Zinke-led Interior Department look like?
What will a Zinke-led Interior Department look like?
His priorities so far: energy, sportsmen access, park repairs & restoring public trust.
If Colorado wants the Outdoor Retailer show, it should earn it
If Colorado wants the Outdoor Retailer show, it should earn it
Big Rec wants to make a statement. Staying out of Colorado would be a strong one.
Montana wilderness bill reflects compromise and care
Montana wilderness bill reflects compromise and care
The Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Act grew out of successful collaboration in a complicated landscape.
The Malheur Refuge  trials are over, but the movement that led to them isn’t.
The Malheur Refuge trials are over, but the movement that led to them isn’t.
Four defendants receive guilty verdicts, ending a yearlong drama.
Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans
Indian Country cannot afford to close the door to Republicans
Tribal issues cut across party lines.
A way of unforgetting
A way of unforgetting
Author Lauret Savoy on tracing personal and national history through landscapes.
Latest: Family ordered to pay up for unauthorized grazing
Latest: Family ordered to pay up for unauthorized grazing
The Hages owe more than a half-million dollars.
Wait — this land is my land?
Wait — this land is my land?
A Southerner revels in the access of Western federal lands.
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
Across party lines, Western governors see a partner in Pruitt
A bipartisan group couldn’t get what they wanted from the old EPA.
Western cities try to cut light pollution
Western cities try to cut light pollution
Hitting the dimmer switch on city light helps animals and skygazers, too.
The many questions of Gold Butte
The many questions of Gold Butte
Familiar questions around roads, heritage and water rights resurface as Nevadans make sense of their new monument.
Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul
Inside the fight to undo BLM’s planning overhaul
In latest skirmish of land wars, Congress supports mining and ranching.
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    Title: Project Manager Reports To: Program Director Salary Range: Negotiable; starting at $60,000 Location: Bend, OR The Deschutes River Conservancy seeks a Project Manager to...
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