August 29, 2017, 1pm PDT
The Sabinoso Wilderness is designated public land, but it's completely surrounded by private property. That could soon change.
July 10, 2017, 12pm PDT
A history of segregation and other barriers have made California's beaches and oceanfront disproportionately white.
March 28, 2017, 9am PDT
Under the Trump Administration, federal employees dedicated to causes like climate change mitigation face uncertain prospects. They could turn to accommodating state governments.
October 31, 2016, 6am PDT
Will the acquittal of seven defendants in a U.S. district court who used force to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon last January embolden other takeovers of public lands by resentful ranchers or militia?
April 24, 2016, 9am PDT
An editorial from a surprising source argues for an honest discussion about the unintended consequences of uncritical exuberance.
December 16, 2015, 10am PST
The state of Washington is navigating the complex politics of wildlife protection—in this case, wildlife means the territory of an estimated 16 wolf packs.
December 11, 2015, 7am PST
Eric Balken makes the case that Lake Powell, anchored in place by the Glen Canyon Dam, is too inefficient a reservoir during times of water scarcity. Lake Mead, he says, is more than up to the task.
August 7, 2012, 5am PDT
Emily Wortman-Wunder looks at the effectiveness of conservation development - a popular tool used by planners across the rural West for the purposes of preserving open space.
December 16, 2011, 10am PST
Land trust have been able to increase their holds during the last five years. Lower land prices and conservation easements on working ranches and farms have enabled greater conservation efforts.
August 28, 2011, 7am PDT
Residents of the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco fear that redevelopment threatens to gentrify the area in a way that pushes out low- and middle-income black residents.
April 25, 2011, 6am PDT
It's at Albuquerque's edge, it's the size of Manhattan, and it's happening, despite drought, recession and tightening state budgets. An annotation of Mesa del Sol's master plan explains how and why.
April 22, 2011, 9am PDT
As water resources become increasingly important in the American West, new tactics for sharing among farmers, environmentalists and urban officials are showing how arid areas can withstand shortages.
December 24, 2010, 7am PST
<em>High Country News</em> offers a look at the Western U.S., based on recently released data from the U.S. Census Bureau, using a mapping tool from <em>The New York Times</em>.
December 21, 2009, 11am PST
When a nonprofit conservancy dissolves, their land trusts go into limbo, calling the restrictions on development into question.
June 13, 2009, 5am PDT
Restorationists and environmentalists are placing their focus on urban streams and creeks, which struggle with urban pollution. Working to clean them up is turning out to be a good way to create jobs and stimulate the local economy.
April 26, 2009, 5am PDT
This article from <em>High Country News</em> dissects the Arizona real estate collapse through the lens of one exurb.
April 9, 2009, 5am PDT
High Country News reports on Fresno's infamous Taco Flat in this 4-pager. Seattle's Nickelsville and Portland's Dignity Village are held up as better examples of squatter settlements. Architecture and 'informal urbanism' of tent cities is examined.
June 9, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>As logging declines in Colorado forests, developers are preparing to build in pockets wedged in-between parkland. The proper use of historic easements is at the center of the debate.</p>
September 19, 2007, 1pm PDT
<p>With few options for obtaining more water, the small community of Cloudcroft, New Mexico, is going to replenish its dwindling water supplies by treating and recycling its own wastewater.</p>
August 7, 2006, 6am PDT
Libertarians are pushing ballot initiatives in six Western states to vastly reduce the government's power to regulate land uses. The initiatives seek to limit regulatory takings of land by requiring the government to compensate owners for any losses.