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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Leave it to Beaver

Leave it to Beaver

Sep 19, 2022

Tesia Lin

Returning to past practices for future water management

Bison on Wind River

Bison on Wind River

Aug 5, 2022

By Janey Fugate

Restoring a wildlife economy and revitalizing culture

Not Fade Away

Not Fade Away

Jul 12, 2022

By Samuel Western

Communities in rural Montana reach beyond agriculture

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

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

Ride for Roadkill

Ride for Roadkill

Sep 27, 2021

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

Sep 27, 2021

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

Sep 27, 2021

By Amber Furness

A researcher’s quest to protect an endangered dragonfly

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 

Paving Paradise to Put Up Parking Lots

Paving Paradise to Put Up Parking Lots

Sep 27, 2021

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

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.

Intersecting Roads

Intersecting Roads

Sep 27, 2021

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.

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.