Public Lands

What does wilderness sound like?
What does wilderness sound like?
A photographer and audio researchers document the soundscapes of remote national parks in Alaska.
New Mexico’s historically conservative second district just flipped blue
New Mexico’s historically conservative second district just flipped blue
Xochitl Torres Small is the first woman and third democrat in 50 years to win the seat.
Interior is undoing a legacy of national park stewardship in Alaska
Interior is undoing a legacy of national park stewardship in Alaska
Unethical killing of bears and wolves is not responsible wildlife management.
How the Point Reyes oyster battles challenged our idea of wilderness
How the Point Reyes oyster battles challenged our idea of wilderness
Review of a new book, 'Oyster War' by Summer Brennan.
Military and enviros align in Arizona’s public lands debate
Military and enviros align in Arizona’s public lands debate
Demand for housing, recreation and energy development means military bases could lose essential buffer land.
How a long-sought Idaho wilderness bill defies the odds
How a long-sought Idaho wilderness bill defies the odds
The threat of a national monument gets Boulder-White Clouds the highest protection.
Interior launches national conversation on federal coal
Interior launches national conversation on federal coal
Should royalties be higher to account for social costs of climate change?
KDNK Radio speaks with HCN reporter Sarah Tory
KDNK Radio speaks with HCN reporter Sarah Tory
A battle over illegal bike trails in Sedona raises tough questions about soaring recreation use on public lands.
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Fatalities, backcountry trips, ATVs and Denali summit attempts over the years.
Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans
Deaths renew calls for national parks to rescind BASE jumping bans
Squirrel suited flyers say the bans actually contribute to deadly accidents.
Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
Illegal bike trails and a Forest Service crackdown divide a town
A biking boom in Sedona, Arizona, forces locals to ask: Is there room for all these people?
Private-land camping startups offer alternative to public lands
Private-land camping startups offer alternative to public lands
Airbnb-like websites spring up in response to overcrowded public campsites.
Biking the line between wilderness and civilization
Biking the line between wilderness and civilization
A bikepacking trip in Canyonlands offers a new look at a well-travelled landscape.
Idaho mining dispute raises questions about the future of wilderness
Idaho mining dispute raises questions about the future of wilderness
A grandfathered mining claim has opened the doors to development.
Ranch Diaries: How the Triangle P grazes on tribal lands
Ranch Diaries: How the Triangle P grazes on tribal lands
Breaking down private leases and federal permits.
The counties that actively oppose a federal lands transfer
The counties that actively oppose a federal lands transfer
Commissioners fear states could reduce county power and remove public access.
National parks scramble to keep up with the crowds
National parks scramble to keep up with the crowds
Does Utah's mega tourism campaign compromise the outdoor experience?
Obama designates three more national monuments
Obama designates three more national monuments
Vast stretches of Nevada and Northern California are now protected, bringing Obama’s count to 19.
Efforts to save Utah's Cedar Mesa reach a crescendo
Efforts to save Utah's Cedar Mesa reach a crescendo
Conflicting county and state proposals would provide various levels of protection.
New data released on violent threats to federal employees
New data released on violent threats to federal employees
Documents show 15 incidents in 2014, but don't account for the Cliven Bundy standoff.
Methane leaks from oil and gas production on federal lands
Methane leaks from oil and gas production on federal lands
New proposals from EPA and BLM to curtail leaks are due out this summer.
Latest: A controversial ski resort proposal gets approval
Latest: A controversial ski resort proposal gets approval
A Colorado land swap with the Forest Service gives developers a green light.
Battle of the Lands: Denali wins
Battle of the Lands: Denali wins
Readers voted in our bracket-style tournament to crown the West's best public lands on which to recreate.
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