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.
The Latest: Supreme Court denies roads rule appeal in Utah
The Latest: Supreme Court denies roads rule appeal in Utah
Decision makes it harder for counties to claim roads on public land.
The beaver whisperer
The beaver whisperer
A biologist figures out how to keep beavers alive on Western landscapes.
Can drilling and recreation get along in Moab, Utah?
Can drilling and recreation get along in Moab, Utah?
The BLM unveils the unprecedented plan to balance oil and gas with conservation in canyon country.
Drilling proposed in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
Drilling proposed in Montana’s Badger-Two Medicine
Tribes and former federal officials fight to cancel energy leases on sacred land.
BLM mulls energy development in sage grouse habitat
BLM mulls energy development in sage grouse habitat
Feds may restrict hardrock mining and put oil and gas leases on auction block.
Park Service may strengthen its oil and gas regulations
Park Service may strengthen its oil and gas regulations
Current rules give the agency little leverage to protect lands or restore damage once drilling companies pull out.
Will the Land and Water Conservation Fund rise again?
Will the Land and Water Conservation Fund rise again?
Congress derails the nation’s most successful public access and recreation program.
Fish and Wildlife and integrity, a rental crisis, California homelessness and more.
The Latest: Park Service takes the reins at Valles Caldera
The Latest: Park Service takes the reins at Valles Caldera
The failed experiment in privatized land management has come to an end.
Jeb Bush outlines plans to limit federal control of Western lands
Jeb Bush outlines plans to limit federal control of Western lands
The presidential hopeful would move Interior Department from Washington to the West.
Public-land transfer proponents may have violated lobbying laws
Public-land transfer proponents may have violated lobbying laws
Colorado puts the American Lands Council on "notice" for ethical missteps.
Congress tries to speed up contentious post-fire logging
Congress tries to speed up contentious post-fire logging
New legislation comes despite science showing timber salvage harms essential wildlife habitat
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
The rise of Lisa Murkowski
Alaska’s pragmatic senator wants to reshape America’s energy policy.
Manifest destiny today, bees and climate, sage grouse legal wrangling on the horizon.
Beyond the energy omnibus: a look at Sen. Murkowski’s hard-to-pass bills
Beyond the energy omnibus: a look at Sen. Murkowski’s hard-to-pass bills
The head of the Senate Energy Committee has crafted a comprehensive energy plan. But she left her most ambitious initiatives to be battled over separately.
Monument designations aren't land grabs. They're protection against theft.
Groups sue Wyoming over ‘data trespassing’ law
Groups sue Wyoming over ‘data trespassing’ law
The laws make it a crime to collect data on open land if the collector lacks certain permissions.
A trail runner defends his right to public lands
Wildland restoration is like marriage: An imperfect work in progress
Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund
Congress lets sun set on Land and Water Conservation Fund
The nation's most successful conservation program is in jeopardy.
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