Luis Benitez became the face of government’s interest in the outdoor recreation industry, one that’s larger than both the auto and oil and gas exploration industries. He sat down with 'Outside' to discuss the industry’s expanding role in politics and his own future.
A compromise over Utah public land reveals how one of the biggest conservation acts in years got through the Senate this week
A cabal of old-school riders in New England is fighting to keep their singletrack the way they like it: illegal and empty
Artist Robert B. Decker created a series of graphic-art prints commemorating our national parks. They’re all printed on 100 percent recycled paper and use soy-based ink, and each print is dated, numbered, and signed by the artist. Choose a park that means something to you, or find a park you’ve…
The former oil and gas lobbyist is the worst-case scenario for public lands
OK, these aren’t cheap, but can you think of anything better than turning the ski map of your favorite resort into a piece of hangable art? It’s an exact reproduction of the trail map, printed on canvas that’s hand-stretched over a solid wood frame.
Eight hundred of the 2,300 Bureau of Land Management staff who remain on duty during the shutdown are dedicated to serving the oil and gas industries
Waiting in the wings is an even worse swamp monster—oil and gas lobbyist David Bernhardt
Attorney Xochitl Torres Small just won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in a rural district. One of her prominent talking points? Protecting the region's national monument.
The results from Tuesday's elections prove that the majority of people in this country revere our public lands. Politicians, listen up.
Can recent events be chalked up to the occasional confusion of bureaucracy? Or is something more worrisome afoot?
Now that the House Natural Resources Committee has fallen under Democrat control, it could mean real oversight for the Department of Interior, says Arizona Representative Raul Grijalva
This video features outdoor writer Hal Herring a native Alabaman who’s made his living and his home on the public lands of the west.
And replaced her with a loyalist political operative who may not need Senate confirmation
We sent a writer to check out the alleged uptick in damage to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument post President Trump's decision to shrink it
The conservative Utah Congressman wants to fully fund our national parks and our public lands. Huh?
Nominee Raymond David Vela seems to care about making our national parks more accessible
Last week, the Bureau of Land Management released plans that would have opened up thousands of acres of former national monuments to mining and drilling—despite Zinke's promises to the contrary
In Washington State, a group of researchers is mining social media posts and photos to identify overused trails and turn your next weekend adventure into a real escape
As the U.S. battles over the fate of public lands, the Chilean government and Kristine Tompkins are doing something extraordinary down in Patagonia—setting aside millions of acres for stunning new national parks. And they aren't done yet.
Last week, the Interior Secretary outlined his ideas on what causes wildfire. Here's what he's right and wrong about.
The champion of the outdoor industry in Colorado weighs in on recreation's influence, Outdoor Retailer's impact, and his plans post governorship
The outdoor industry was once seen as a sleeping giant in the fight for public lands, according to author Timothy Egan. Not anymore
This film showcases the story of Kentucky native Joe Bowen’s change of heart regarding the protection of the Red River Gorge.
Keeping an eye on the interior secretary's latest ethical blunders and questionable public lands policies
A new bill would strip the president of designating new monuments in the state—an idea that has already come to fruition in Alaska and Wyoming
Now that the mines have closed, the small towns of Emery County, Utah, are dreaming up an ambitious plan: A veritable outdoor playground with a new monument and more than half a million acres of designated wilderness. Can this scheme convince other towns to transition from extraction to recreation?
Broken pipes, crumbling walkways, closed trails—this is what the $11.6 billion maintenance backlog looks like on the ground
Some of the places most sought after by recreationists are also culturally, spiritually or economically vital to tribes. We need to honor that.
‘Our Wild’ profiles three wildlife biologists and anglers as they immerse themselves in Wyoming’s public lands.
In ‘Leave No Trace’ father and daughter are forced out of long-term camping on public lands by social services.
The Democratic candidate and son of the Burt's Bees founder is seeking a win in Maine's rural 2nd District with a simple message: The recreation economy can bring back jobs
The pro climber and free soloist extraordinaire went to D.C. to tell politicians we want to preserve the wild places we grew up with—and not turn them into radioactive tailings ponds
Proposition 68 aims to fund parks and outdoor spaces where it'll make the most difference—in urban areas. Will voters buy it?
Decades of political infighting have stymied construction of the North Country Trail, which, if finished, would run for 4,600 miles. Now it looks like Congress may finally be ready to get its act together.
There’s a common misconception that black people don’t love wild places. Latria Graham, a southerner with deep connections to farms, rivers, and forests, says the problem isn’t desire but access—and a long history of laws and customs that have whitewashed our finest public lands.
Last December, when the Trump administration announced its decision to shrink Bears Ears National Monument, a crack team of Native American attorneys armed themselves with a lawsuit that ensured tribal voices will lead the legal battle to overturn it. Abe Streep reports on a historic case that will reverberate for generations.
A new Outdoor Industry Association report details outdoor rec spending by congressional district. Lawmakers should take note.