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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Living in a Natural Resource Economy

Living in a Natural Resource Economy

By Emilene Ostlind

What can Wyoming learn from studies of the “natural resource curse”?

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Silver Linings

Silver Linings

Jun 7, 2022

By Randy Rea

How Colorado coal country could save the Yampa River

Living in a Natural Resource Economy

Living in a Natural Resource Economy

May 3, 2022

By Emilene Ostlind

What can Wyoming learn from studies of the “natural resource curse”?

A New Lease on State Land

A New Lease on State Land

Mar 24, 2022

By Birch Malotky

How Conservation is Hoping to Buy a Seat at the Land Management Table

Sagebrush in Prisons

Sagebrush in Prisons

Feb 8, 2022

By Frani Halperin

Inmates are saving an iconic American landscape—and themselves

Free-Range Carbon

Free-Range Carbon

Jan 19, 2022

By Birch Malotky

Not a silver bullet, but maybe a gold standard, a new market tool benefits climate, ecosystems, and people 

Science of Road Ecology

Science of Road Ecology

Sep 27, 2021

By Kristen Pope

Researchers are changing the ways we see, think about, and manage our roadways

“People don’t really think about this impact that roads have because roads and cars are such an important part of our life in North America,” says Western Transportation Institute (WTI) senior research scientist Tony Clevenger.

A Last Leap Towards Flowers

A Last Leap Towards Flowers

Sep 27, 2021

By Morgan Heim

Who are these animals, their lights gone out? What journeys have fallen apart here?

—Barry Lopez, Apologia

Road Noise

Road Noise

Sep 27, 2021

By Kristen Pope

Traffic sounds disturb wildlife far beyond the asphalt

Leather-clad motorcyclists cruised around Devils Tower National Monument in August 2015

Repairing a Fragmented Landscape

Repairing a Fragmented Landscape

Sep 27, 2021

By Gregory Nickerson

Interstate 80 severed wildlife habitats 50 years ago. Can we reconnect them?

Wildlife Crossing Innovation

Wildlife Crossing Innovation

Sep 27, 2021

By Kylie Mohr

Research shows the promise and peril of a new material 

Ernie’s Road

Ernie’s Road

Sep 27, 2021

Text and images by Claire Giordano 

The engineer behind a lonely desert highway

My mom tells stories of a magic road. It wound from a gleaming blue alpine lake to the desert below. It required no gas, didn’t wear out brakes, and had the most beautiful vistas. 

After the Road

After the Road

Sep 27, 2021

By Tessa Wittman

How to restore sagebrush habitat on decommissioned roads

In the natural gas fields of western Wyoming, innumerable dirt roads cut through the sagebrush steppe, connecting gas wells and carrying heavy equipment.

Road Wager

Road Wager

Sep 27, 2021

By Nathan C. Martin

Agencies bet that hundreds of miles of temporary new roads can help a forest

The Medicine Bow National Forest is the most densely roaded forest in Wyoming. Interstate 80 borders it to the north, and winding byways bisect its major mountain ranges—the Sierra Madre and the Snowy Range.

Hikers and Wildlife Cross Paths

Hikers and Wildlife Cross Paths

Sep 27, 2021

By Meghan Kent

Researchers investigate non-motorized recreation’s ecological impacts

Following his GPS, University of Wyoming field technician Michael Gjellum descends into a canyon between the folded foothills of Pilot Hill, keeping a careful eye out for mountain lion activity.