“Reckoning with History” column, High Country News

Since January 2018, I’ve contributed a regular column to High Country News called “Reckoning with History,” which we describe as an ongoing series that seeks to understand the legacies of the past and to put the West’s present moment in perspective.

“NEPA transformed federal land management — and has fallen short,” High Country News, December 6, 2019.

“Economic giants drive income inequality in a second Gilded Age,” High Country News, November 27, 2019.

“Renegotiating the Columbia River Treaty, Six Decades Later,” High Country News, July 6, 2019.

“Mining Laws Have Long Been Used for Recreation,” High Country News, May 24, 2019.

“Critics of the Green New Deal rail against socialism. We’ve seen this before,” High Country News, April 5, 2019.

“It’s time to revisit an old way to resolve public land fights,” High Country News, February 26, 2019.

“Border security will always be elusive,” High Country News, January 14, 2019.

“Reckoning with History: How the once-radical Endangered Species Act was weakened,” High Country News, November 16, 2018.

“Reckoning with History: When we overcame political division,” High Country News, October 5, 2018.

“Reckoning with History: Wildfire suppression is a decades-old conundrum,” High Country News, August 29, 2018.

“Reckoning with History: The legacy of lynching in the West,” High Country News, July 13, 2018.

“Reckoning with History: The devolution of conservation’s trust fund,” High Country News, June 8, 2018.

“Reckoning with History: The parks have been fixed before,” High Country News, April 11, 2018.

“Reckoning with History: The Antiquities Act quandary,” High Country News, February 22, 2018.

“Reckoning with History: Interior’s legacy of bad behavior,” High Country News, January 3, 2018.

Historical Commentaries & Features

“The Man Who Tried to Claim the Grand Canyon,” JSTOR Daily, July 31, 2019.

“America’s National Parks Were Never Wild and Untouched: Montana’s Emblematic Glacier National Park Reveals the Impact of Human History and Culture,” Zócalo Public Square, June 11, 2018.

“Public Lands, Private Profit,” OUP Blog, October 29th, 2017.

“Why Sheep Started So Many Wars in the American West,” Zócalo Public Square, October 5, 2017.

“In Latest Skirmish of Western Land Wars, Congress Supports Mining and Ranching,” The Conversation, February 20, 2017.

Bridging the Past, Present, and Future: Commemorating 25 Years of the Idaho Heritage Trust. Boise: Idaho Heritage Trust, 2016. (I wrote eleven short essays to contextualize the work in heritage preservation commemorated in this beautifully illustrated book, available here, from the Idaho Heritage Trust.)

“Traveling Ecologist Rexford F. Daubenmire.” Washington State University Magazine 14, no. 4 (Fall 2015): 19.

“Law and Nature: The Famed Dissent of Justice William O. Douglas.” High Country News 47, no. 1 (January 19, 2015): 6-7.


“Coastal drilling protesters to Trump: Take a hike,” Crosscut, August 13, 2018. https://crosscut.com/2018/08/coastal-drilling-protesters-trump-take-hike.

“The Trump Administration’s Review of National Monuments Smacks of Paternalism,” History News Network, May 28, 2017.

“Sometimes, the West must be protected from itself,” High Country News, Writers on the Range, 48, no. 13 (July 27, 2016): 24-25.

“No, Ted Cruz, Westerners should not follow in Texas’ footsteps,” High Country News, Writers on the Range. March 30, 2016.