Public Lands

How conservation groups confront distrust from communities of color
How conservation groups confront distrust from communities of color
In order to attract a broader constituency, organizations must first address a history of missteps and exclusion.
Bullock, Daines and Montana’s growing pains
Bullock, Daines and Montana’s growing pains
In a critical Senate race, the two Steves lay claim to the “Montana way of life.”
Hunting for myself in the high Montana sagebrush
Hunting for myself in the high Montana sagebrush
A hunter celebrates a new vision of queerness and rural culture.
Ending the murrelet malaise
Ending the murrelet malaise
After decades of declines, Washington state finally has a plan to preserve the bird’s habitat.
Coal comfort, secretive powerbrokers and dastardly Ducks Unlimited
At the BLM, a mixed record for renewables on public lands
At the BLM, a mixed record for renewables on public lands
Will the Paris talks help break bureaucratic deadlocks?
Latest: California's plan for conservation-minded energy development takes its first step forward
Latest: California's plan for conservation-minded energy development takes its first step forward
The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan is intended to guide energy development, while protecting wildlife and recreation.
BLM may cancel oil and gas leases in Colorado’s Thompson Divide
BLM may cancel oil and gas leases in Colorado’s Thompson Divide
Fate of disputed leases could show ongoing shift in the Bureau of Land Management.
Coal mining rejected for climate risks is back on the table
Coal mining rejected for climate risks is back on the table
The Colorado mine expansion could cost society billions of dollars in climate impacts.
Federal fossil fuels programs contradict Obama’s climate goals
Federal fossil fuels programs contradict Obama’s climate goals
Despite the Keystone rejection, keep-it-in-the-ground activism is still a sideshow to the larger climate movement.
‘Legal monkey-wrenching’ on Western trails
‘Legal monkey-wrenching’ on Western trails
One man’s guerrilla trail work aims to improve public access to public land.
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
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