High Country News

The feds crack down on feral cattle

by High Country News | March 2, 2023
Low fees are only one of the places the feds have dropped the ball on grazing. The data shows that the BLM fails to meet its own standards for rangeland health. Agency-managed national monuments — including Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments in Utah and Canyon ...

There are millions of acres of ‘failing’ rangelands, data shows

by High Country News | March 14, 2022
The BLM oversees 246 million acres of land — the vast majority of it in the Western U.S. The agency’s mission is to “sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations,” but according to records obtained by ...

Breaking: The Park Service buried its own study on harassment

by High Country News | November 15, 2021
The report outlined suggestions from employees on how to improve the culture and systems, including human resources support, high-quality training from outside the agency, alternative ways to deal with smaller issues while avoiding cumbersome bureaucratic processes, and better protection ...

The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences

by High Country News | January 8, 2021
“Five years and four days after armed militiamen took over the Malheur Wildlife Refuge, a remote federal wildlife preserve in eastern Oregon, for 41 days, supporters of President Donald Trump stormed and briefly occupied the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6. While ...

The Park Service is selling out to telecom giants

by High Country News | March 16, 2020
“The telecom giants — AT&T, Verizon and more — are pushing to build out infrastructure on protected public lands across the country. These corporations hope to extend their reach into some of the most iconic and remote corners of the United States.  And they have found a ...
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