Public Lands

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.
More plans, less protection for sage grouse
More plans, less protection for sage grouse
A final environmental assessment weakens drilling restrictions on millions of acres.
Wyoming’s data trespass laws remain defeated
Wyoming’s data trespass laws remain defeated
The state did not appeal a ruling striking down portions of the laws over free speech.
Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
Timeline: A brief history of the Sagebrush Rebellion
An interactive, year-by-year look at the current insurgency.
As a rancher, I see failure on both sides of the Bundy trial
As a rancher, I see failure on both sides of the Bundy trial
It takes wisdom, patience and humanity to make federal land management work.
A rancher’s claim to tribal land
A rancher’s claim to tribal land
Cliven Bundy refuses to pay grazing fees on federal land taken at great cost to the Southern Paiutes.
More prime sage grouse habitat is open for drilling
More prime sage grouse habitat is open for drilling
The Trump administration will allow oil and gas leasing in key sagebrush lands.
Cliven Bundy walks for involvement in 2014 standoff
Cliven Bundy walks for involvement in 2014 standoff
Judge dismisses case for ‘flagrant misconduct’ after prosecutors and FBI withheld evidence.
Will Trump put a ‘hired gun’ for ranchers in top BLM post?
Will Trump put a ‘hired gun’ for ranchers in top BLM post?
The president is considering a BLM director who has continually fought the agency.
Reckoning with History: Interior’s legacy of bad behavior
Reckoning with History: Interior’s legacy of bad behavior
Ryan Zinke isn’t the first Interior secretary to attract controversy.
16 major environmental protections cut in 2017
16 major environmental protections cut in 2017
Climate change initiatives were the most targeted by the Trump administration.
The iconic bird of the ‘Sagebrush Sea’
The iconic bird of the ‘Sagebrush Sea’
A new book shows the life cycle of sage grouse in their natural habitat.
Native voices aren’t being heard on Bears Ears
Native voices aren’t being heard on Bears Ears
Members of the Navajo Nation are not ‘conquered subjects.’
Cliven Bundy case ruled a mistrial
Cliven Bundy case ruled a mistrial
The ruling represents an unprecedented failure for federal prosecutors on Western lands issues.
Lawsuits challenge Trump’s trim of Utah monuments
Lawsuits challenge Trump’s trim of Utah monuments
Reductions in Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante exclude thousands of significant objects.
Why Trump’s Bears Ears decision worries so many
Why Trump’s Bears Ears decision worries so many
There are now five lawsuits contesting the president’s monument reductions, including two led by tribes.
Former BLM investigator alleges misconduct in Bundy case
Former BLM investigator alleges misconduct in Bundy case
In leaked document, accusations of ethics violations and unprofessionalism in Bunkerville standoff investigation.
In military matters, neighbors should get a say
In military matters, neighbors should get a say
A new Air Force base expands, without the input of locals.
The price of a national park fee hike
The price of a national park fee hike
The proposed increase in entrance fees reignites old questions about who should fund the West’s open spaces.
Nothing about future fires is guaranteed
Nothing about future fires is guaranteed
Except that they will come.
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
Why Western wildfires are getting more expensive
This year’s fire season was the costliest on record, burning more than 9 million acres.
A monumental blow to tribes
A monumental blow to tribes
Trump’s decision to shrink Bears Ears reopens wounds that Obama sought to heal.
What national monument protections do
What national monument protections do
Some say the Bears Ears shrinkage won’t change anything — they’re wrong.
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