Public Lands

The country’s busiest oil and gas office has a plan for more drilling
The country’s busiest oil and gas office has a plan for more drilling
Southern New Mexico offers a testing ground for Trump’s vision for energy dominance.
Photos: Above a Western waste land
Photos: Above a Western waste land
A photo collection of 67 Superfund sites shows landscapes vandalized by mines and nuclear plants.
Latest: County campaign promotes monuments on the chopping block
Latest: County campaign promotes monuments on the chopping block
San Juan County says ‘Make it Monumental’ while asking for exemption from the Antiquities Act.
Carrots for conservation
Incentive-based, voluntary conservation agreements help imperiled species in New Mexico
Accidental Wilderness
Accidental Wilderness
Washington's Hanford Site and New Mexico's White Sands Missile Range both hold deadly nuclear contamination – along with unspoiled landscapes rich in wildlife.
How to survive the lean times
How to survive the lean times
Her brush with homelessness gives Jane Goetze the background to offer some wry advice.
A chance to do it right in the West
A chance to do it right in the West
Hoping for a Western Interior secretary who practices the politics of collaboration.
Wilderness, schmilderness
In Nevada, local counties spooked about the prospect of wilderness within their boundaries derail public-lands bills that could actually help their communities.
Rebels with a Lost Cause
The fiercely conservative lawyers of the Sagebrush Rebellion continue to fight against environmental regulations, but despite all their sound and fury, very little has changed on the public lands.
Fees have become a public-lands shakedown
Ted Williams says charging fees to use public lands is worse than extortion.
Driven to fight
Retired BLM agent Lynell Schalk goes head-to-head with her former bosses over protecting southern Utah’s priceless archaeological sites from off-road vehicle traffic.
Energy illusions
A BLM report issued in late 2006 appears to show that less land is available for energy exploration now than in 2003, but a closer look shows that appearances are deceiving.
Is the great federal land debate over?
Two trends are almost as dangerous as the idea of directly selling off the public lands: land transfers done in the name of economic development, and the outsourcing of jobs in the federal land-management agencies.
Change comes slowly to Escalante country
Change comes slowly to Escalante country
Just as it seemed the local communities were starting to accept the BLM’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, the rise of conservative national politics has helped to revive old grudges and stir up opposition
Grazing foes float a buyout
Anti-grazing groups are trying to convince Congress to buy out ranchers' grazing allotments on public land, but resistance on the part of permit holders may stop the effort.
Showdown on the Nevada range
The Sagebrush Rebellion smolders when the BLM impounds and tries to auction off cattle owned by ranchers Ben Colvin and Jack Vogt for refusing to pay for grazing allotments.
Monuments caught in the crosshairs
Under the new administration of George W. Bush, Republicans seek to open Clinton's new national monuments to oil and gas exploration and other uses and to revise the way monuments are created.
People for the USA! disbands
People for the USA! says it is officially disbanding due to declining membership and funding, but its members plan to keep their wise-use mission alive by merging with another conservation group, Frontiers for Freedom.
Beauty and the Beast
As the small, conservative towns bordering Utah's new Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument begin to adapt to the monument they never wanted, a new vision for what gateway communities and preserved areas might be begins to slowly emerge.
1996: Clinton takes a 1.7 million-acre stand in Utah
1996: Clinton takes a 1.7 million-acre stand in Utah
President Bill Clinton uses the Antiquities Act of 1906 to designate a new 1.7 million-acre national monument in southern Utah, and reactions range from joy to indignation and outrage.
Ranchers arrested at wildlife refuge
Ranchers arrested at wildlife refuge
The arrest of rancher Dwight Hammond for running cattle on a wildlife refuge provokes a wise-use backlash in Oregon.
A one-man Sagebrush Rebellion
A one-man Sagebrush Rebellion
Rancher Cliven Bundy refuses to pay grazing fees to BLM.
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