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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

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By Emilene Ostlind

“For many Americans, the open road best captures the essential character of the West—unfinished, open-ended, a marriage of the human psyche with the earth, sky, and highway.” —William Wyckoff, Geographer

Science of Road Ecology

Science of Road Ecology

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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

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By Morgan Heim

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

—Barry Lopez, Apologia

Ride for Roadkill

Ride for Roadkill

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By Birch Malotky

Montana cyclists are helping make the state’s roads safer for wildlife and people

Crowell Herrick, 63, rides his gravel bike down Montana Highway 1, wearing a high-vis vest.

Amphibian Crossing

Amphibian Crossing

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By Rhiannon Jakopak

Carrying salamanders across roadways helps local populations persist

On a rainy April night when temperatures peeked just above freezing, around 30 people spread out along a well-traveled street next to a city park in Laramie, Wyoming.

Crouching Scientist, Hidden Dragonfly

Crouching Scientist, Hidden Dragonfly

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By Amber Furness

A researcher’s quest to protect an endangered dragonfly

Road Noise

Road Noise

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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

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By Gregory Nickerson

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

Wildlife Crossing Innovation

Wildlife Crossing Innovation

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By Kylie Mohr

Research shows the promise and peril of a new material 

Ernie’s Road

Ernie’s Road

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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. 

Paving Paradise to Put Up Parking Lots

Paving Paradise to Put Up Parking Lots

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By Aubin Douglas

Can Western cities grow without displacing their neighboring natural wonders?

My first visit to the Great Salt Lake was a graduate course field trip to the Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. 

After the Road

After the Road

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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

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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

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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.

Reclaimed Wildness

Reclaimed Wildness

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By Manasseh Franklin

Riding Coal Basin’s closed mining roads

While quietly pedaling a narrow, paved road near Redstone, Colorado, I rounded a corner and came face-to-face with a small black bear. 

Intersecting Roads

Intersecting Roads

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Perspective From Corinna Riginos

The need to value and safeguard wildlife movements

Roads may well be humankind’s greatest source of metaphors, inspiration for a plethora of phrases about journeys and all the bumps, bends, twists, and turns along them.