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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Looking Underground

Looking Underground

May 6, 2020

Tiny soil organisms may hold the key to managing invasive plants

The four members of Gordon Custer’s research group gather around as he walks through the steps of data collection.

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

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.

Federal lands in public hands

Federal lands in public hands

Dec 7, 2018

The long history of Congressional intent to keep public lands public

Bob Keiter is the Wallace Stegner Professor of Law, University Distinguished Professor, and Director of the Wallace Stegner Center of Land, Resources, and the Environment

Your Federal Public Lands

Your Federal Public Lands

Dec 7, 2018

The United States of America is unique in the world for its vast system of federal public lands, which make up more than a quarter of the country’s land area. Those federal lands, mostly concentrated in the 11 westernmost states and Alaska, span everything from rivers and canyons to sagebrush steppe and alpine peaks.

Why We Have Federal Land

Why We Have Federal Land

Dec 7, 2018

The citizens and leaders behind our public land heritage

On June 30, 1864, the US Senate approved a grant of federal land to the state of California, a tract in the Sierra Nevada at the headwaters of the Merced River “known as the Yo-semite valley…with the stipulation…that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation…for all time.”

National Monuments and Local Concerns

National Monuments and Local Concerns

Dec 7, 2018

What it means to have protected public lands in your backyard

Waves lap the shoreline. An endless stellar canopy shimmers in the ink-colored sky. Smoky fragrance drifts from a campfire, and 20 middle school students sit around the dancing flames.

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.

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.

Belonging

Belonging

Dec 7, 2018

An essay

Sunlight and wind circled me, a girl looking out over the Red Desert and the small stream below. Perched next to a gnarled, twisted juniper that had been dead for my entire life, I sat at the edge of the draw that held the green meadow

What to Do with Wilderness Study Areas?

What to Do with Wilderness Study Areas?

Dec 7, 2018

A collaborative stakeholder group negotiates a solution

On a sunny afternoon in early May, twelve people sat around plastic tables in a classroom in the Carbon County Higher Education Center in Rawlins, Wyoming.

Rebel Yell

Rebel Yell

Dec 7, 2018

Why the Sagebrush Rebellion didn’t end with Malheur

“The Court excludes Dr. Cawley’s testimony as irrelevant and finds, in any event, that its probative value is significantly outweighed by the risk of confusing the issues, misleading the jury, and wasting time.” Here’s the backstory.

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.

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.

Modernizing the Act

Modernizing the Act

Mar 5, 2018

As calls for ESA reform have conservationists on high alert, western governors offer a way forward

“Here’s the problem. The Endangered Species Act isn’t working today,”

Gone

Gone

Mar 5, 2018

A meditation on extinction

No more northern white rhinos live in the wild, and the three in captivity are too old to reproduce.

Wyoming’s Only Endangered Plant

Wyoming’s Only Endangered Plant

Mar 5, 2018

A tale of re-discovery

In the 1850s, the geologist Ferdinand Hayden crossed the Nebraska Sandhills on an expedition to map uncharted territory and chronicle its natural resources.