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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Colonel Mustard, by the Dock, with the Bucket

Colonel Mustard, by the Dock, with the Bucket

May 6, 2020

A fish detective, the effort to stop illegal invasive species introductions, and a long history of a fish management culture clash

One summer day in 1992, two teenage boys fishing Lake Mary Ronan watched a man dump a cooler

The Four-Footed Watercraft Inspector

The Four-Footed Watercraft Inspector

May 6, 2020

Can specially trained dogs keep invasive mussels out of western waterways?

A mile outside of Browning, Montana, a watercraft inspector sits on the side of the highway next to her kennel.

Cancer to the Rescue?

Cancer to the Rescue?

May 6, 2020

A potential solution to invasive mussels

One hundred thousand quagga mussels can live in a single square meter, and 450 trillion of them infest Lake Michigan alone.

To Kill or Not to Kill?

To Kill or Not to Kill?

May 6, 2020

Managing charismatic ungulates in the Tetons

The first time Michael Whitfield saw bighorn sheep in the high country he stood on a ridgeline in the shadow of the Teton Range and watched a group grazing along a plateau.

Banking on Trails

Banking on Trails

Dec 7, 2018

Laramie could be the next western town to cash in on public lands recreation

On a Thursday evening last March, a crowd of eager residents packed into the gymnasium of the Lincoln Community Center in West Laramie to learn more about the Pilot Hill Project

Consuming Experiences Instead of Stuff

Consuming Experiences Instead of Stuff

Dec 7, 2018

What quiet recreationists bring to the outdoor economy and how to reach them

With BLM maps in hand and fragments of descriptions from locals, Eric Krszjzaniek searches for an old Indian village in Wyoming’s Shirley Basin. As he walks across the landscape, he pauses often to reference his Rockhounding in Wyoming guide and note the types of rocks in the area.

Rockefeller in Patagonia

Rockefeller in Patagonia

Aug 16, 2016

Outside wealth, local values, and creating national parks

Ken Burns’ documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea tells a story from the early years of Grand Teton National Park.

The True Value of Flood Irrigation

The True Value of Flood Irrigation

Aug 9, 2016

What’s seen as wasteful water use has hidden benefits

Ranchers today in the Upper Green River Basin say they are modern-day beavers.

National Parks Respond to Climate Change

National Parks Respond to Climate Change

Feb 1, 2016

As ecosystems transform, the Park Service adapts

Strapping on crampons and readying their ice axes, the Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers

Horsing Around

Horsing Around

Feb 1, 2016

Big time equine fun in little western towns

Horse and human stories have been intertwined in the West for centuries, and while only a few people work with horses today,

Some Like it Cold

Some Like it Cold

Feb 1, 2016

How does a local ski hill prepare for an uncertain future?

I’m a third-generation Bridger Bowl skier. My grandparents taught my dad to ski here

A New Conservation Model

A New Conservation Model

Feb 1, 2016

How do we get outdoor enthusiasts to protect the places they play?

Several years ago, Sonoran Institute founder and long time conservationist Luther Propst was mountain biking on the Lunch Loops in Grand Junction

Evolving Wyoming Tourism

Evolving Wyoming Tourism

Jan 25, 2016

Can a tourist-driven economy fill the gap as energy revenue falters?

Tucked between Ladies Golf Night and Bible Camp on the July 2015 events calendar for Hulett, Wyoming, is an event called Ham N Jam.

Camper Culture

Camper Culture

Jan 25, 2016

Small, hand-built, and rugged RVs bring a new demographic into the fold

Mike Resch never expected to own a camper. He prided himself on his ability to live out of a backpack

Boat-Shaped Bugseed

Boat-Shaped Bugseed

Jan 25, 2016

Sand Hills off-roaders co-exist with rare plant

The North Sand Hills rise out of Northern Colorado’s high plains like a scene from a science fiction movie.

Stories Told in Paint

Stories Told in Paint

Jan 25, 2016

Discovering fine art in Jackson

On a hazy evening the streets of Jackson blur with summer tourists. Laughter and chitchat rises from outdoor patios like bubbles in a fizzy drink.

The Bone People

The Bone People

Jan 19, 2016

The booming business of antler hunting on public lands

Andy Hart thinks of antler hunting as a process of manufacturing luck.

What the Pioneers Saw

What the Pioneers Saw

Jan 19, 2016

Protecting viewsheds on National Historic Trails

Less than 30 miles from the Nebraska-Wyoming border, an etched wagon wheel marks the grave of Rebecca Winters

Only YOU Can Prevent Zebra Mussels

Only YOU Can Prevent Zebra Mussels

Jan 19, 2016

Sloganeering in the age of invasive species

Everybody knows the catchphrase Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires. Lots of folks who spend time in the backcountry understand they should Leave No Trace.

The Forgotten River

The Forgotten River

Jan 19, 2016

A UW graduate student sees expedition potential in a neglected corner of the West

On May 31, 2015, a half dozen brightly colored rafts slipped past the Split Mountain take out at the bottom of Gates of Lodore