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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Fighting Phragmites

Fighting Phragmites

May 6, 2020

Systematic landscape planning software improves the odds against a despised invasive reed

It’s a hot, sunny day in early April, and I’m out collecting GPS coordinates for stands of wetland vegetation in the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge on the Great Salt Lake in Utah.

Released to the Wild

Released to the Wild

May 6, 2020

Unwanted pets take a toll on ecosystems

Stepping through the tall grass, a family made their way to the edge of Kelly Warm Spring, a geothermal spring with a temperature that hovers around 77 degrees Fahrenheit year-round, in Grand Teton National Park.

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.

Time to Revisit our Invasive Species Strategy

Time to Revisit our Invasive Species Strategy

May 6, 2020

Perspective from Governor Mark Gordon

Invasive species are not a new phenomenon, but over the past few decades the West has seen an explosion of all types in all ecosystems.

Lost Seas

Lost Seas

Mar 5, 2018

When the Soviets started draining their inland sea
to grow cotton in the desert,
a Kremlin engineer said it is obvious to everyone

Collaborate or Litigate

Collaborate or Litigate

Mar 5, 2018

Local collaboration faces off against outsider litigation in the long, slow process to help a threatened species

From his Chevy Silverado, Phil Fine watched heavy rain fill up an irrigation ditch on his family farm in central Oregon.

Case of the Missing Otters

Case of the Missing Otters

Mar 14, 2017

UW researchers search for answers in the Green River Basin

Brady Godwin was on the lookout for river otters.

Measuring Rain, Snow, and Hail

Measuring Rain, Snow, and Hail

Aug 30, 2016

An international volunteer network bests the fanciest technologies

The second week of September 2013, rain pummeled Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Of Ranchers and Researchers

Of Ranchers and Researchers

Aug 23, 2016

Trespassing to collect data in Wyoming is a crime

As early as 2006, employees of the environmental group Western Watersheds Project allegedly trespassed onto Wyoming ranches to gather water samples.

Tribes Tackle Drought

Tribes Tackle Drought

Aug 23, 2016

New and old approaches help the Wind River Reservation prepare for a changing climate

During the record-setting hot and dry years of 2012 and 2013, severe water shortages on the Wind River Indian Reservation turned fields to dust and forced cattle ranchers to sell their herds.

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.

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

The West’s Water

The West’s Water

Dec 23, 2014

Photo Essay

Water, or perhaps the absence of water, defines the Wyoming landscape and shapes the species that live on it. Big sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) is one species particularly well adapted to Wyoming’s arid climate.

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.

Dust on Snow

Dust on Snow

Dec 23, 2014

A Dirty Mountain Snow Pack Affects Communities Downstream

This story is a sidebar to Supercomputer-Powered Model Improves Water Planning: A Hi-Resolution Hydrologic Model Peers into the Future of Western Water.

The Great Water Transfer

The Great Water Transfer

Dec 23, 2014

Diverting Water from Basin to Basin

In the summer of 1860, farmers in central Colorado found Left Hand Creek dry.[1] They started looking for replacement water.

No-Name

No-Name

Dec 23, 2014

Asking Big Questions About Hydrology in One Little Watershed

Square solar panels congregate on weathered tree stumps in a small open area in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Beaver Dreams

Beaver Dreams

Dec 23, 2014

The Rancher Who Wished for a Beaver

“They’re really beneficial, to get the shrubs in, get the water up.”