Opinion

Should a hike be a social event or an encounter with the wild?
Should a hike be a social event or an encounter with the wild?
A crowded South Korean national park offers a glimpse of the West’s possible future.
Don’t let politicians kill conservation’s bank account
Don’t let politicians kill conservation’s bank account
If Congress doesn’t act, the Land and Water Conservation Fund will end on Sept. 30.
Solar energy deserves a place on public lands
Solar energy deserves a place on public lands
Prioritizing oil and gas over renewables ignores market forces and climate concerns.
Life between one wildfire and the next
Life between one wildfire and the next
The climate-change train is out of control. What’s a fire-prone small town to do?
Wild spaces define who we are as Americans
Wild spaces define who we are as Americans
A veteran explains why public lands are what he fought to protect.
Take down monuments to Native American oppression
Take down monuments to Native American oppression
As monuments to slavery come down in the South, others, too, deserve scrutiny.
Small towns are the place to challenge immigration policy
Small towns are the place to challenge immigration policy
Rosa Sabido finds sanctuary from immigrant detention in a politically divided town.
As the Great Plains disappear, a path to better farming
As the Great Plains disappear, a path to better farming
Since 2009, an area the size of Kansas has been converted to crops.
The difference between hunting and killing
The difference between hunting and killing
A writer recalls two contrasting experiences with so-called hunters.
The Senate health care bill guts Indian Health Services
The Senate health care bill guts Indian Health Services
The bottom line: There will not be enough money.
Giant Sequoia is a monument to why we need monuments
Giant Sequoia is a monument to why we need monuments
With few original trees left, the area exemplifies the need for protection.
Why thru-hiking would be a disaster for the Yaak Valley
Why thru-hiking would be a disaster for the Yaak Valley
A long-distance trail would disrupt badly needed grizzly habitat.
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
How collaboration can save the Colorado River
Different interests must align for a successful restoration.
Let the floodgates of protest open over Bears Ears
Let the floodgates of protest open over Bears Ears
96 percent of public comments defend national monuments.
A judge’s ruling on Standing Rock reinforces treaty rights
A judge’s ruling on Standing Rock reinforces treaty rights
The first in a series of lawsuits sides with tribal sovereignty.
The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change
The Colorado River is shrinking because of climate change
A long-term drought threatens Western cities’ water supplies.
6 tips for authentic Western home decor
6 tips for authentic Western home decor
“No trespassing” signs, broken-down machinery and old stacked tires are a must-have.
Archaeologists are the last line of defense against destruction
Archaeologists are the last line of defense against destruction
You never know what you’ll find with a ‘detective of the land.’
Trump is dangerously beyond climate denial
Trump is dangerously beyond climate denial
He and his administration are dismantling the tools for studying climate change.
I am the High Priestess of Leave No Trace
I am the High Priestess of Leave No Trace
A miscreant is littering. What’s the Priestess to do then?
Trump’s loyalty to coal is bad for taxpayers
Trump’s loyalty to coal is bad for taxpayers
A Colorado mine is an example of industry benefiting at the public’s expense.
‘This Glock belongs to a friend’
‘This Glock belongs to a friend’
What’s the protocol for holding onto a depressed person’s gun?
Good management starts with science
Good management starts with science
Should decisions on wildlife be made at the ballot box — or by experts?
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