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Articles by Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior reporter for Reveal who covers the environment, focusing on food and water. She's also been a senior writer for Salon, Fast Company and The Bay Citizen. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, Ms., Slate, San Francisco magazine and on NPR's "All Things Considered." Her environmental coverage has been commended by the Utne Independent Press Awards and the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Mieszkowski has a bachelor's degree from Yale University. She is based in Reveal's Emeryville, California, office.

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Ranching families walk into the Nevada State Capitol to deliver a petition.

This story was originally published by Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Subscribe to the podcast and learn more at revealnews.org.

It was an anti-government rebellion in the Nevada sagebrush — with hefty taxpayer subsidies for the rebels.

In June, tough-talking ranchers in remote Battle Mountain, Nev., defied the federal government, herding cattle onto public rangeland that had been closed to grazing to protect it during the West’s scorching drought.

That act of defiance capped two years of protest against grazing restrictions imposed by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which manages thousands of square miles of arid federal land in Nevada.

In the end, the federal government backed down from the confrontation in Battle Mountain. The BLM canceled the drought closures and opened the range, just as the cattlemen wanted.

By denying the severity of the drought — and by claiming that “rogue” federal bureaucrats threatened them with economic ruin — the ranchers won the day. But even as the conflict played out, some of these same ranchers were colle... Read more

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