National Geographic

After a year and a half of talking, reporting, marching, conference-calling, driving, hiking, biking, horse-riding, writing, editing, agonizing, factchecking, more editing, more agonizing, more factchecking, two features I wrote ran in this month’s National Geographic magazine.

National Geographic, November 2018

The first, the cover story in National Geographic’s November issue, tells the story of the battle over public lands in the American West, focusing on three recently created national monuments that the Trump administration targeted for reductions and the cultural conflicts that have dogged our relationship with public lands since the time they were created. The second story also looks at the West, examining how the sage grouse, a struggling species found only in the “sagebrush sea” region (with the most outlandish mating ritual you’ll ever see, besides, well, humans), has exacerbated conflicts over land use and environmental protection in the west.

I was honored (and challenged) to tell these stories, and I hope I did them justice.