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A lesson for the Department of the Interior staff: you can’t delete official tweets

Jeremy Jones, the king of freeriding, wants to unleash the political might of the 50 million Americans who love our natural playgrounds

“America’s Amazon” is being sold to China, at a huge cost to the environment, and a net loss to taxpayers

Even in traditionally conservative states like Montana and Wyoming, no single issue unites centrist voters in 2020 more than public-lands protection. That's one reason Montana Republican senator Steve Daines has spent the past 18 months trying to convince voters he's a reliable conservationist. Critics say it's mere "greenwashing," but his success may decide the balance of power in Washington.

It was a roller coaster of a summer for Alaska's most controversial extraction project. In July, it looked all but certain that the salmon-threatening proposal would get its first federal permit. But then things took a surprising turn.

Carbon offsets are confusing, and many people wonder how—or if—they even work. Hoping to find a more guilt-free way to travel, frequent flier Tim Neville heads to the ranchlands of Montana to see what an offset looks like on the ground. Hint: it involves cows.

A guide to key ballot measures and Senate and House races that will have huge impacts on the way we address climate change

The villainous BLM boss appears to have survived a court ouster, further threatening Trump's oil agenda

Greg Gianforte, the Republican candidate for governor, threatens the state's unique angler-access regulations

A federal court just ruled that the BLM's leader was serving illegally, with plans to reconvene next week to consider if all of his actions were illegal, too

Southern Civil War symbols have been a flash point in towns and cities for years, but at places like the Gettysburg battlefield and Arlington National Cemetery—which are run by the Park Service and the Pentagon—there's a new, escalating conflict over monuments that honor the Lost Cause

The infamous race director Lazarus Lake and runner Ben Chan disagree on whether the running community is a place for serious debate

'Common Ground,' narrated by photographer Jimmy Chin, reminds us that turning a passion for the outdoors into action requires a plan

The Ohio waterway that so famously caught on fire in 1969, inspiring the Clean Water Act, caught fire again this week

The marine biologist wants us all to start asking a new question: What does the future look like if we get it right?

In 'The Next Great Migration,' journalist Sonia Shah explores the hidden history of human and animal movement

The National Park Service has abdicated responsibility for visitor safety, compromising local mandates and leaving staff and vendors to fend for themselves

'The Quiet Force' investigates the interdependence of mountain-town tourism and the immigrant labor force

William Perry Pendley is finally up for Senate confirmation. Here's a reminder of why he is not up to the job.

Three court decisions are a sign of the power of protest

The work must continue long after the protests end. Here's how to start. 

An attempt that was fraught with complications, high jinks, and bad decisions

From iconic brands like Patagonia to that indispensable camping store in your hometown, the adventure economy has taken an unprecedented hit. The good news: the people who created these businesses are doers, and they're putting everything they've got into staying afloat and preparing for an uncertain future.

When CEO Greg Glassman retired after making inflammatory comments about George Floyd, many in the fitness community weren't surprised. But where the popular fitness business goes from here is anyone's guess.

From Houston to Minneapolis, protesters on horseback are sending a powerful message

During a week of historic decisions, the Supreme Court decided that an energy company can drill under the Appalachian Trail

"For too long, Facebook has failed to take sufficient steps to stop the spread of hateful lies and dangerous propaganda on its platform"

The women's running apparel company just signed activist Alison Désir and diversity and inclusion consultant Courtney Carter and is creating an advisory group to prioritize diverse voices

Our lands and waters are fundamental to our heritage, health, and culture. We must invest in them.

'Eighth Wonder' profiles commercial fisherwoman Erica Madison and her ragtag group of friends during Alaska's Bristol Bay salmon run

The Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act, 73 to 25, allocating billions to recreation

Bicycles have been agents of change and rebellion since the 19th century. That's why seeing law enforcement use them to repress protesters feels especially jarring and wrong.

Rose Marcario was one of the most vocal and progressive leaders in the outdoor industry

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In the midst of protests against police brutality and a global pandemic, four-time U.S. Olympian Meb Keflezighi weighs in on racism and running

Post something anti-racist instead. Better yet, do something anti-racist instead.

The pandemic has shut down the most polluting industries around the world and turned us all into more adaptable consumers. That still isn't enough.

The response to Arbery’s murder highlighted what I already knew: the running world is deeply divided by race, and we must address it

Emigrant Gulch, just north of Yellowstone National Park in Montana's Paradise Valley, is the proposed site of a new gold mine

Why are two outdoor industry giants lending their support to a lawsuit aimed at stopping the Trump Administration's assault on clean air standards? It's good business.

'Last Call for the Bayou' follows five Louisiana residents as they battle to keep their industries alive amid disappearing wetlands

When it's highly diluted to clear water of pathogens, it could save your life

A quarantine against the world worked once for the Gunnison Valley. Can it again?

The massive global demonstrations planned for its 50th anniversary were canceled. Luckily, there's still plenty that environmentalists can do from home.

More than 50 national parks host visual artists every year. These three artists used their residencies to draw attention to climate change, species loss, and pollution.

The National Park Service’s Public Health Department warns of dire consequences to employees and communities if parks don’t close immediately

In Oregon's Clackamas County, a fight between a sheriff and an elite search and rescue unit reveals how local politics can collide with recreational safety for residents and visitors alike

Nick Giacomini went from being a Bay Area burnout to a yoga celebrity. His career is also a window into long-standing debates about yoga and cultural appropriation in the U.S.

The coronavirus package is a missed opportunity to take meaningful action on carbon emissions, putting us decades behind on climate action

Seven employees have tested positive for the virus, even while the parks have no entrance fees, are short on staff, and are overwhelmed by visitors. Sound familiar?

And they're even more important during the coronavirus pandemic

Is it tone-deaf to talk about climate right now? Or is this an opportunity to tackle major global problems in tandem?

With the public distracted, Secretary Bernhardt is advancing environmental harm

When the mine closed in Questa, New Mexico, in 2014, the town found itself in the midst of an identity crisis

America's patchwork laws on big-cat ownership create all kinds of problems—like when people let their dangerous kitties go free

As more states hold—or decide to postpone—presidential primaries, a new poll of Mountain West voters shows that a clear majority support climate action, clean air and water, and public lands protection

Wes Siler and legendary alpinist Conrad Anker explain why your vote matters and how to make it count

Here, Wes Siler and legendary mountain climber Conrad Anker walk through the first step: registering to vote​​​​​​​

The books, movies, podcasts, music, and more that our editors couldn't stop talking about

So far, 383 companies have signed up to participate in the outdoor brand's Time to Vote program on November 3, and the organization hopes to double that number by the election

Argeo Cruz ran the standard. But he had a much tougher obstacle to contend with. 

After a public outcry, the BLM announced that it will not offer oil and gas leases on the Slickrock Trail near Moab—a popular mountain biking destination

'Where I Belong' tracks the affection for wilderness that environmental lobbyist Chris Hill has and what she's doing to defend it

Sustainable finance has finally hit the big time. Is it time to risk your wallet to save the planet?

The United States leads the world in spending for health and fitness but still ranks lowest in measurements of actual health. How do we break the cycle?

Analyzing cuts to the National Park Service, Environmental Protection Agency, and Land and Water Conservation Fund

Trump administration manipulated emissions reporting from the deadliest fires in California history to promote logging

Despite pending lawsuits, the administration is forging ahead

As a Trump reelection looks less certain, Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is accelerating work for oil and gas industries

What do you do when your parents' political views directly impact your life?

The Games have always been political. That's a given. But is the IOC also trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist?

As we begin a critical new decade for the environment, we need to look toward the light

The candidate unveiled a plan for addressing climate change, pollution, and good jobs at sea

Why the new crop of state recreation offices are about more than just outdoor sports

The Bureau of Land Management has rented new headquarters in Grand Junction, Colorado, and given D.C. employees 30 days to decide whether to move. Why is the agency fleeing the capital for new digs?

President Trump was right to say that other issues are more important. When it comes to the environment, we need to make fundamental shifts in how we live our lives.

With every post, Kiona, creator of the popular blog and Instagram account How Not to Travel Like a Basic Bitch, is teaching herself and her followers how to be, well, less basic

We keep hearing about the supposed dangers of shared e-scooters, but the numbers tell a different story