Public Lands

The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests
The West’s worst fires aren’t burning in forests
Range fires get bigger every year, threatening sagebrush habitat and rural towns.
Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input
Interior Department’s coal reboot ignores tribes and curtails public input
The Obama administration wanted to rethink coal leasing; now, Trump is rushing forward.
Interior Department border deployments are mired in secrecy
Interior Department border deployments are mired in secrecy
Law enforcement agents guarding wildlife refuges have been sent to the border, leaving public lands more exposed.
At Valles Caldera, a new national park unit takes shape
At Valles Caldera, a new national park unit takes shape
A preserve was added to the park system, after an experiment in managing federal lands outside the traditional agencies.
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
National parks: Where we go and where we don’t
Much of the Park Service’s land in the West is poorly visited and little-known.
Finding the big quiet in Great Basin National Park
Finding the big quiet in Great Basin National Park
A writer revisits the acoustical landscape of the National Park system.
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Interactive timeline: Livestock grazing in the West
Whether grazing on public land is a ‘right’ or a ‘privilege’ is one of the region’s most contentious issues. Here’s why.
How an East Coast think tank is fueling the land transfer movement
How an East Coast think tank is fueling the land transfer movement
ALEC is becoming increasingly involved in the public lands debate by providing model bills for Western states.
Online editor Tay Wiles talks Oregon militia standoffs with KDNK Radio
Online editor Tay Wiles talks Oregon militia standoffs with KDNK Radio
The latest episode of Sounds of the High Country.
West Obsessed: What the heck is a Sagebrush Sheriff?
West Obsessed: What the heck is a Sagebrush Sheriff?
Behind a lot of anti-fed sentiment, you’ll find ‘constitutional’ peace officers. Here’s why that’s worrying.
Latest: New Mexico land deal opens wilderness access
Latest: New Mexico land deal opens wilderness access
The Sabinoso Wilderness Area was impossible to access for years, thanks to private landowners.
Bishop’s ‘Grand Bargain’ in Utah is no deal, say enviros
Bishop’s ‘Grand Bargain’ in Utah is no deal, say enviros
The much-anticipated land-use plan has ramped up the tensions it promised to defuse.
How the wild Northern Rockies were saved — and who led the way
How the wild Northern Rockies were saved — and who led the way
A new book looks at the ordinary citizens who fought for wilderness designations.
In Wyoming, a road block for public access
In Wyoming, a road block for public access
A tangled web of lawsuits and land sales mean people trying to access a Lincoln County wilderness area could face trespass charges.
Nonviolent protest: A lesson for the occupiers at Malheur
To save their homeland, 25 tribes unite in the Southwest
California Coastal Commission fires its executive director
California Coastal Commission fires its executive director
The decision exposes the quintessential coastline to damage, development and closures.
Can we make sense of the Malheur mess?
Can we make sense of the Malheur mess?
A writer finds camaraderie and despair inside the Oregon standoff.
Analyst: FBI let Malheur militants save face to end occupation
Analyst: FBI let Malheur militants save face to end occupation
Emotional negotiations with a like-minded Nevada state legislator may have helped FBI operation.
Livestream from the Oregon occupation
Livestream from the Oregon occupation
The remaining occupiers and their supporters speak live as FBI closes in on the Malheur wildlife refuge.
Should this national monument become a national park?
Should this national monument become a national park?
An Idaho town hopes changing Craters of the Moon to park status will boost its economy.
New leader steps up for the American Lands Council
New leader steps up for the American Lands Council
Montana lawmaker takes over lands transfer group, as a new tendril of the movement emerges.
Four charts that show how public land is good for rural areas
Four charts that show how public land is good for rural areas
A new study finds that personal income is rising faster in counties with more public land.
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