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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Cheatgrass on Fire

Cheatgrass on Fire

May 6, 2020

The race to save an ecosystem

Locals speculate that Nevada’s largest fire may have started with a Fourth of July firework launched in a canyon. But no one really knows. The 2018 Martin Fire seemed small and innocuous, until a weather cell moved into northern Nevada.

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.

Unsung Pollinators

Unsung Pollinators

May 6, 2020

Native bees are forgotten in the clamor to save exotic pollinators

Christy Bell rifled through a series of shallow drawers lining the walls of a dark, windowless lab.

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.

Bye Bye, Baseline, Goodbye

Bye Bye, Baseline, Goodbye

May 6, 2020

Rethinking our goals for ecosystem conservation

Natural resource managers strive to keep ecosystems functioning on their own.

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.

A Different Kind of Map

A Different Kind of Map

Dec 7, 2018

Social science reveals the contours of wildlife migration’s human dimensions

On an early June morning, I found Jessi Johnson and her hunting partner loading up a bright red pickup, deep in discussion about the best spot to scout for bedded-down deer.

Sharing Fences

Sharing Fences

Dec 7, 2018

Local knowledge guides research across public and private lands

“I’ve learned to tune out the incessant alarm calls of prairie dogs when I work,” says recent University of Wyoming graduate Lauren Connell. “It’s that or go crazy.”

Bullies on the Range

Bullies on the Range

Dec 7, 2018

Wild horses are winning out over wildlife in the struggle for water

On a summer day in 2011, biologist Neil Perry was checking on prairie dogs he had translocated to a remote canyon in Mesa Verde, National Park, not far from the Four Corners region.

Tracking Wild Horses

Tracking Wild Horses

Dec 7, 2018

Technology addresses a rangeland challenge

As the sun sets over the stark Skull Creek Rim, I sit in the sand and take a swig from my water bottle. I am lucky to have portable water in this barren landscape.

One Steppe

One Steppe

Dec 7, 2018

New tools to improve management of Wyoming’s sagebrush ecosystem

In November 2014 the Douglas Core Area Restoration Team was all set to plant 16,000 sagebrush seedlings in a wildfire burn area east of Douglas, Wyoming.

Path to Recovery

Path to Recovery

Mar 5, 2018

Map of the Endangered Species Act

By Emilene Ostlind and Gary Beauvais

Avoiding Extinction on a Warming Planet

Avoiding Extinction on a Warming Planet

Mar 5, 2018

Can the Endangered Species Act protect wildlife in a changing climate?

On a summer day in 2011, a group of US Geological Survey researchers hiked through the wildflowers high above Glacier National Park’s tree line

Coping, Not Overcoming

Coping, Not Overcoming

Mar 5, 2018

Scientist discovers pikas’ strategies for dealing with heat

By Alanna Elder

Just like the creature she studies, Embere Hall spends much of the winter beneath the snow. Her office is tucked in a network of hallways beneath the University of Wyoming’s older science buildings.

Return of the Grizzly

Return of the Grizzly

Mar 5, 2018

No longer federally protected, is the great bear ready to strike out on its own?

In the early 20th century, tourists gathered around dump pits in Yellowstone National Park to watch grizzlies devour trash.

New Neighbors

New Neighbors

Mar 5, 2018

Wyoming ranchers are key to black-footed ferret recovery

Lenox Baker’s hands gripped the steering wheel, and the large silver ring on his finger glinted, revealing an outline of a black-footed ferret.

A Tale of Two Species

A Tale of Two Species

Mar 5, 2018

Plants and animals receive different protections under the Endangered Species Act

In 1998, the US Fish and Wildlife Service listed a small brown mouse with large hind feet and a 6-inch-long whip-like tail as threatened

Mapping Recovery

Mapping Recovery

Mar 5, 2018

Once missing from Yellowstone, reintroduced wolves make a comeback

On a crisp March morning in 1995, wolf biologist Doug Smith and colleagues from the National Park Service and US Fish and Wildlife Service made their way toward a makeshift pen in Yellowstone National Park’s northern range.

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.