Public Lands

Land transfer advocate and longtime agency combatant now leads BLM
Land transfer advocate and longtime agency combatant now leads BLM
William Perry Pendley has been tasked with overseeing 245 million acres of public lands he’s argued the federal government shouldn’t own.
Can Western states afford to break the boom-and-bust cycle?
Can Western states afford to break the boom-and-bust cycle?
Climate action on public lands would force a reckoning for fossil fuel dependent states and communities.
The legacy of colonialism on public lands created the Mauna Kea conflict
The legacy of colonialism on public lands created the Mauna Kea conflict
Public lands are often the only places where Indigenous sacred landscapes still exist.
Authorities closing in on Oregon’s Malheur occupation
Authorities closing in on Oregon’s Malheur occupation
FBI calls for removal of occupiers following eight arrests and the death of one man late Tuesday.
Malheur occupation could set conservation efforts back years
Malheur occupation could set conservation efforts back years
Invasive carp may recolonize areas they were once eradicated from, depending on how long the occupation lasts.
Modern sagebrush rebels recycle old Western fantasies
Photos: A protest over imprisoned ranchers becomes an occupation of a wildlife refuge
Photos: A protest over imprisoned ranchers becomes an occupation of a wildlife refuge
In eastern Oregon, the latest iteration of the Sagebrush Rebellion.
Wildlife Services and its eternal war on predators
Wildlife Services and its eternal war on predators
The federal agency has been researching nonlethal means to protect livestock for decades. So why is it still killing so many carnivores?
BLM proposes rules for oil and gas methane emissions
BLM proposes rules for oil and gas methane emissions
The rule will help conserve natural gas and mitigate pollution, targeting 100,000 existing wells.
Rob Bishop's long-awaited 'grand bargain' for Utah public lands
Rob Bishop's long-awaited 'grand bargain' for Utah public lands
After decades of stalemate, the new bill gets mixed reactions.
The folly of “taking back” the West
West Obsessed: Behind the Malheur occupation
West Obsessed: Behind the Malheur occupation
Our editors discuss the lead-up to the stand-off in Oregon.
Justice in the West has a double standard for protesters
The first Sagebrush Rebellion: what sparked it and how it ended
The first Sagebrush Rebellion: what sparked it and how it ended
Today’s movement is a radical, perverted version of the 1970s-80s rebellion.
Ranch Diaries: The anti-ranching, misinformed discourse around Malheur
Ranch Diaries: The anti-ranching, misinformed discourse around Malheur
The federal grazing system doesn't support good management.
Former BLM chief: Bundys ‘pursuing an agenda’ on public land
The BLM has armed up since 1978, but it’s still outgunned
The BLM has armed up since 1978, but it’s still outgunned
In confrontations with armed groups like the Bundy supporters, local law enforcement matters most.
The BLM's inconsistent approach toward rule breakers
The BLM's inconsistent approach toward rule breakers
A look at how the feds have — and have not — punished individuals for defying regulations.
Malheur occupation, explained
Malheur occupation, explained
The deep history behind the Bundy brothers’ takeover of a wildlife refuge in Oregon.
Forty years of Sagebrush Rebellion
Forty years of Sagebrush Rebellion
The Oregon occupation, the 2014 Bundy standoff and many other stories are all related to a long-simmering movement.
Where private land meets public interest
Where private land meets public interest
A group of landowners on the Colorado-New Mexico border aim to conserve a contested landscape.
Court will hear case against data trespass laws
Court will hear case against data trespass laws
A federal judge rejected the state of Wyoming’s attempt to dismiss the lawsuit.
Two visions collide in Utah’s Wasatch Range
Two visions collide in Utah’s Wasatch Range
As ski resorts push for a mega-connection, backcountry skiers try to save some wild.
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