Public Lands

Staffers allege misconduct at BLM’s busiest oil and gas office
Staffers allege misconduct at BLM’s busiest oil and gas office
Complaints to Interior’s Office of Inspector General reveal concerns that the Carlsbad Field Office broke laws to favor industry.
It’s time to move the Bureau of Land Management out of D.C.
It’s time to move the Bureau of Land Management out of D.C.
(Most) of those living in the West have the public lands’ best interest at heart.
Critics are wary of Bureau of Land Management relocation efforts
Critics are wary of Bureau of Land Management relocation efforts
As the agency eyes a move West, critics say the change would be detrimental to public land policy.
Report warns of illegal drilling on federal land
Report warns of illegal drilling on federal land
Outdated rules and budget shortfalls make it hard to catch.
Mapping threats on public land
Mapping threats on public land
Intimidation of federal officials is widespread across the West.
Western states eye federal lands—again
Western states eye federal lands—again
The ultra-right ‘remedy’ for public lands.
Defuse the West
Defuse the West
Public-land employees are easy targets for a violent, government-hating fringe.
Reports from the front lines
Reports from the front lines
Excerpts from official accounts of threats against U.S. Forest Service and BLM employees.
Roots of rebellion: A forum
Roots of rebellion: A forum
Four experts discuss threats to federal public-lands employees and where we go from here.
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How to pass a wilderness bill in 2014
How to pass a wilderness bill in 2014
Lessons from southwest Colorado’s Hermosa Creek.
Obama declares new national monument in the mountains above Los Angeles
Obama declares new national monument in the mountains above Los Angeles
Trails, campgrounds and wildlands will qualify for federal funding for improvements.
Extreme Makeover, the BLM episode
Extreme Makeover, the BLM episode
How a gigantic federal bureaucracy is positioning itself to manage resources at a “landscape” level.
National parks ponder fee increases
National parks ponder fee increases
Entrance fees haven't gone up since 2008.
A public land swap for the rich
A public land swap for the rich
As a deal gets sweetened, how do you measure what’s fair?
KDNK speaks with HCN reporter Claudine LoMonaco
KDNK speaks with HCN reporter Claudine LoMonaco
On troubling corporate and Forest Service conduct in Arizona.
After 11 years, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reopens
After 11 years, Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument reopens
Increased border security means that all 517 square miles are again open to the public.
Beauty and chaos, standing together
Beauty and chaos, standing together
Review of ‘The Carry Home; Lessons from the American Wilderness’ by Gary Ferguson.
The Wilderness Act turns 50 today
The Wilderness Act turns 50 today
High Country News coverage of the evolution of wilderness since 1970.
Lost in the woods
Lost in the woods
How the Forest Service is botching 4FRI, its biggest restoration project.
Alaska’s Senate race and the fate of the West’s public lands
Alaska’s Senate race and the fate of the West’s public lands
Republicans look to Alaska in their bid to overtake the U.S. Senate.
The Ansel Adams Wilderness
The Ansel Adams Wilderness
National Geographic photographer follows in big footsteps.
The Latest: 20,000 Utah acres protected from drilling
The Latest: 20,000 Utah acres protected from drilling
A landswap that will keep the oil and gas industry from Desolation Canyon.
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