Public Lands

Biden eyes protections for sage grouse
Biden eyes protections for sage grouse
Here are 11 stats on why that matters.
Two Democrats kill chances of reforming outdated hardrock mining law
Two Democrats kill chances of reforming outdated hardrock mining law
The nearly 150-year old law allows mining companies to extract resources like copper and lithium royalty-free.
The Westiest programs in Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The Westiest programs in Biden’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act
The act is the New Deal redux, with a splash of ecosystem restoration.
Landscape-scale conservation gains ground
Landscape-scale conservation gains ground
The Nature Conservancy just announced its largest Washington land purchase to date.
A new map shows rangeland health West-wide
A new map shows rangeland health West-wide
Searchable BLM reports and satellite images for 20,000 grazing allotments.
The Uintah Basin's tricky oil and gas ozone problem
The Uintah Basin's tricky oil and gas ozone problem
Can officials greenlight booming development and clean up the air at the same time?
The BLM fails to provide public records
The BLM fails to provide public records
The agency's main Freedom of Information Act office appears incompetent or overworked.
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Outdated rules and budget shortfalls make it hard to catch.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.
Celebrating the birth of the Wilderness Act
Celebrating the birth of the Wilderness Act
High Country News coverage of the evolution of wilderness since 1970.
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