Opinion

5 reasons to keep geotagging
5 reasons to keep geotagging
Public lands face far greater threats than recreational overuse.
Indian Country can help solve rural America’s decline
Indian Country can help solve rural America’s decline
Tribal homelands have an edge for luring tourist dollars and retaining communities.
Bigotry, ignorance and high school basketball in Montana
Bigotry, ignorance and high school basketball in Montana
Oppression of tribal nations denies our shared potential to harness the power of sport.
A national parks entrance fee hike would erode equity
A national parks entrance fee hike would erode equity
The proposal could deter people from public lands and wouldn’t fix funding issues.
Myths about rooftop solar are outshining the reality
Myths about rooftop solar are outshining the reality
Falsehoods about net metering have held it back in Western states.
Wild horse extremists obscure real-world solutions
Wild horse extremists obscure real-world solutions
We need to find a fix for the unhealthy populations of feral horses on public lands.
Coexistence between wolves and livestock is a delusion
Coexistence between wolves and livestock is a delusion
When it comes to public lands, native wolves should get preference.
An ‘ill-conceived’ road through Alaskan wilderness
An ‘ill-conceived’ road through Alaskan wilderness
The Trump administration’s backdoor land swap could set a dangerous precedent.
How the Bundy trial embodies many of America’s divisions
How the Bundy trial embodies many of America’s divisions
The conflict touches a number of flashpoints in today’s political climate.
A hard look at history’s bitter truths and selective memory
A hard look at history’s bitter truths and selective memory
Statues should offer more comprehensive interpretations of past events.
Farm-to-table beef relies on native grasses
Farm-to-table beef relies on native grasses
A rancher focuses beyond his herds and gets to the root of sustainability.
Six things to know about mass shootings in America
Six things to know about mass shootings in America
What policies help limit gun violence, and how does the U.S. rank in gun ownership?
A national monument that saves the last of the last
A national monument that saves the last of the last
The monument that brought us the ‘super bloom’ also supports rural economies and threatened wildlife.
Public land is the essence of freedom
Public land is the essence of freedom
A hunter reflects on the gut-level connection she has to the public land she traverses.
Channel your wildfire angst into climate change action
Channel your wildfire angst into climate change action
Oregon’s sorrow and wrath from the Eagle Creek Fire should be put towards policy.
‘Medicare for all’ would finally fulfill tribes’ treaty rights
‘Medicare for all’ would finally fulfill tribes’ treaty rights
The proposed plan is unlikely to pass, but would bolster the Indian health system.
Confederate monuments are glorifications of inequality
Confederate monuments are glorifications of inequality
A memorial comes down in Montana at the urging of American Indian leaders.
What theme parks get wrong about the American West
What theme parks get wrong about the American West
Romanticized histories promote rugged individualism, devoid of government help.
Close encounters with a scary fire season
Close encounters with a scary fire season
As wildfires have ripped through the West, take stock of what climate change has wrought.
The term ‘climate change’ isn’t working anymore
The term ‘climate change’ isn’t working anymore
What’s in a name when it comes to the global climate crisis?
Invasion of the butt flickers
Invasion of the butt flickers
When tourists toss their spent cigarettes at the Grand Canyon, I’m the one who picks them up.
All health care is socialism
All health care is socialism
You can’t treat it as a supply-and-demand economy; nobody ever chooses to get sick.
The actuality of the path of totality
The actuality of the path of totality
What it feels like when the world goes cold and dark.
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