Department of Interior

David Bernhardt confirmed as Secretary of the Interior
David Bernhardt confirmed as Secretary of the Interior
The former oil lobbyist has connections with industries that could profit from his decisions managing the nation’s natural and cultural resources.
Climate cases set the stage for oil and gas leasing reform
Climate cases set the stage for oil and gas leasing reform
The decisions could curb greenhouse gas emissions from public lands.
A silver lining to sage grouse rollbacks?
A silver lining to sage grouse rollbacks?
While there’s less protection overall, a few Western states restore regulations that match or surpass original plans.
Oil industry leaders marvel at their access to Interior
Oil industry leaders marvel at their access to Interior
‘We have unprecedented access to people that are in these positions who are trying to help us, which is great.’
New bill leaves lands protected, lawmaking neglected
New bill leaves lands protected, lawmaking neglected
A bipartisan public lands bill punts on overhauling environmental policies.
As shutdown ends, rural Washington considers life without feds
As shutdown ends, rural Washington considers life without feds
‘We’re going down a road to bitterness.’
Zinke leaves unfinished business at the Interior Department
Zinke leaves unfinished business at the Interior Department
The questionable legality of the Trump administration’s aggressive deregulatory and development-friendly policies could end up being its undoing.
The Interior Department’s deregulatory agenda
The Interior Department’s deregulatory agenda
The actions taken by Zinke’s Interior Department have different levels of legal permanence.
Why bulldoze one of the wildest places on Earth?
Why bulldoze one of the wildest places on Earth?
The Trump administration wants a road built through an Alaska wildlife refuge for medical needs – but commerce may be the real reason.
States and advocates help tackle ‘crisis’ at national parks
States and advocates help tackle ‘crisis’ at national parks
Amid the government shutdown, the Park Service faces trash mounds and lost revenue.
It’s a mistake to keep parks open during the shutdown
It’s a mistake to keep parks open during the shutdown
Former National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis says the Trump administration is violating the park’s stewardship mandate.
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The stories that defined the West in 2018
The year in essays, analysis and investigations from across the Western U.S.
Former Bureau of Indian Affairs director engaged in abusive behavior, no action taken
Former Bureau of Indian Affairs director engaged in abusive behavior, no action taken
Bryan Rice’s behavior at the BIA highlights a culture of harassment and inaction.
Ryan Zinke to step down as Interior secretary
Ryan Zinke to step down as Interior secretary
Zinke shrunk national monuments, rolled back sage grouse protections and ramped up drilling.
What the 2018 farm bill means for the West
What the 2018 farm bill means for the West
Lawmakers see hemp legalization and conservation funding as the big wins.
New Trump administration proposal weakens water protections
New Trump administration proposal weakens water protections
Dramatic changes to the Clean Water Rule will likely affect drinking water for more than one-third of Americans.
Trump’s policies aren’t actually fueling a fracking boom
Trump’s policies aren’t actually fueling a fracking boom
Current drilling remains a shadow of the frenzy that occurred under Obama.
Latest: BLM abandons plan to surgically sterilize wild horses
Latest: BLM abandons plan to surgically sterilize wild horses
The agency will focus on increasing adoption of horses and research other methods.
Inside Colorado’s ‘hotbed’ of wildlife conflict
Inside Colorado’s ‘hotbed’ of wildlife conflict
Documents show flawed management leads to unnecessary killings of bighorn sheep.
Reckoning with History: How the once-radical Endangered Species Act was weakened
Reckoning with History: How the once-radical Endangered Species Act was weakened
The ESA started out strong, but opponents have chipped away at the landmark law.
As the border wall grows, smuggling tunnels proliferate
As the border wall grows, smuggling tunnels proliferate
The Trump administration is ignoring a big question: How do you secure a border below ground?
Interior is undoing a legacy of national park stewardship in Alaska
Interior is undoing a legacy of national park stewardship in Alaska
Unethical killing of bears and wolves is not responsible wildlife management.
Oil and gas leasing delayed in sage grouse habitat
Oil and gas leasing delayed in sage grouse habitat
Federal court rejects Interior’s ‘intentional decision’ to limit public comment.
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