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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Measuring Return Flows

Measuring Return Flows

Dec 23, 2014

This story is a sidebar to One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply: Upstream Efficiencies Mean Less Water for Downstream Users in Nebraska’s Panhandle.

As a child in northeastern Wyoming, I remember my summers as irrigation season.

Wyoming Conservation Exchange

Wyoming Conservation Exchange

Dec 23, 2014

New Marketplace Will Reward Wyoming Ranchers for Conserving Sage Grouse Habitat

The Upper Green River Basin of Wyoming, at the headwaters of the Colorado River, is laced with clear running streams and fosters abundant habitat and some of the most robust greater sage grouse, mule deer, and pronghorn populations in the world.

One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply

One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply

Dec 23, 2014

Upstream Efficiencies Mean Less Water For Downstream Users in Nebraska’s Panhandle

On a warm summer morning in western Nebraska, 77-year-old farmer Bob Busch stood next to a sugar beet field in a worn denim shirt

Collaboration in Action

Collaboration in Action

Jul 17, 2014

Wilderness and Livestock Advocates Advise US Forest Service on New Planning Rule

When Jim Magagna, Executive Vice President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, arrived at the first national advisory committee meeting for forest planning, he looked around

Cattle as ecosystem engineers

Cattle as ecosystem engineers

Jan 6, 2014

Climate, soils, topography, grazing, and fire have shaped the composition and structure of vegetation on rangelands in the American West. Collectively, the many possible combinations of these different factors should lead to diverse plant communities and associated diverse wildlife species.

Conservation grazing: Ranchers lead the way

Conservation grazing: Ranchers lead the way

Jan 6, 2014

On the Howell Ranch and adjacent properties in western Colorado, cattle are used to create prime elk hunting opportunities. Managers carefully consider elk movements when they design the annual grazing plan for the ranch.

Economics of engineering with livestock: Incentives for establishing biological diversity

Economics of engineering with livestock: Incentives for establishing biological diversity

Jan 6, 2014

Recognizing the importance of agricultural lands for wildlife, a number of programs in the western United States encourage ranchers to manage rangelands in ways that benefit both landowners and wildlife. Financial incentive for improving biodiversity per se is yet to come.