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Privatizing America's Public Land

William deBuys | Posted 05.17.2016 | Politics
William deBuys

It goes without saying that in a democracy everyone is entitled to his or her own opinions. The trouble starts when people think they are also entitled to their own facts. On the hundreds of millions of acres of public lands that most Americans take for granted, the trouble is deep, and won't soon go away.

Who Controls Federal Public Lands? All Americans or a Handful of Welfare Ranchers?

Suzanne Roy | Posted 04.27.2015 | Green
Suzanne Roy

In a standoff worthy of a John Wayne movie, a group of "welfare" ranchers in Eureka County, Nevada is blocking the release of federally protected wild horses back to public lands after the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) treated the horses with a birth control vaccine.

How to Appreciate Progress? Go Take a Hike.

Ann Morgan | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
Ann Morgan

It was 45 years ago that the Clean Air Act passed and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was created, and they have both made a tremendous difference in our quality of life.

Arizona State Militia Formed, Sovereignty on the Ballot, Will Gov. Brewer Sign Bill for State Takeover of Federal Lands?

Jeff Biggers | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Jeff Biggers

The key point in Arizona's new bill underscores the state's intent to sell public land to private enterprise and elude federal environmental protections guaranteed by the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act and other regulations.

Western Counties Plot Challenge To Salazar's 'Wild Lands' Policy

The New York Times | PHIL TAYLOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Utah and Wyoming counties are considering a legal challenge to an Interior Department policy ordering field personnel to inventory roadless lands and ...

Guerrilla Gardening: Giving New Life To Neglected Land (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

Huffington Post | Gazelle Emami | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Guerrilla gardening is the practice of reclaiming abandoned land (which the gardeners do not own) and "bombing" it with plants, fruits and vegetables....

America's Best Idea

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

How cool is it to be watching a special one-hour excerpt from Ken Burns's 12-hour PBS special on the National Parks in the White House screening room with President Obama?

Parks for Preventive Health Care?

Will Rogers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Will Rogers

The health benefits of parks are well established, especially when parks are easily accessible and well-maintained.