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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Conservation Easements

Conservation Easements

An open spaces protection tool worth reforming

In 2002, when Robert Hicks, owner of the Buffalo Bulletin newspaper in Buffalo, Wyoming, learned that the Johnson County commissioners canceled a conservation easement

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Conservation Easements in Wyoming

Conservation Easements in Wyoming

Aug 30, 2016

Each land trust, landowner, and conservation easement is one-of-a-kind

From verdant, low-elevation spreads in Wyoming’s northeast corner to high, dry western basins, private lands across the state are diverse.

Realtor Conservationists

Realtor Conservationists

Aug 30, 2016

Anticipating residential development to protect habitat

Each spring, just outside the town of Pinedale, Wyoming, some 5,000 mule deer slip through a 400-meter-wide gap between a housing development and Fremont Lake.

After the Burn

After the Burn

Aug 30, 2016

Fontenelle fire sparks collaboration to protect local ecosystems and economies

In late June of 2012, the Fontenelle fire ripped across the Wyoming Range, torching forests and shrublands.

Measuring Rain, Snow, and Hail

Measuring Rain, Snow, and Hail

Aug 30, 2016

An international volunteer network bests the fanciest technologies

The second week of September 2013, rain pummeled Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The Landowner Must Yield

The Landowner Must Yield

Aug 23, 2016

A 100-year-old homestead act gives energy developers access to private lands

Just south of where the Little Snake River meanders along the Colorado-Wyoming border, silvery green sagebrush and mountain scrub grow above a fortune of hydrocarbons.

Of Ranchers and Researchers

Of Ranchers and Researchers

Aug 23, 2016

Trespassing to collect data in Wyoming is a crime

As early as 2006, employees of the environmental group Western Watersheds Project allegedly trespassed onto Wyoming ranches to gather water samples.

Wyoming Stickers

Wyoming Stickers

Aug 23, 2016

Three lifelong ranchers reflect on private lands values

“For somehow, against probability, some sort of indigenous, recognizable culture has been growing on Western ranches and in Western towns

Tribes Tackle Drought

Tribes Tackle Drought

Aug 23, 2016

New and old approaches help the Wind River Reservation prepare for a changing climate

During the record-setting hot and dry years of 2012 and 2013, severe water shortages on the Wind River Indian Reservation turned fields to dust and forced cattle ranchers to sell their herds.

The Dinosaur Keepers

The Dinosaur Keepers

Aug 16, 2016

An unlikely crew helps a private land fossil find a good home

“They tend to die like an old cow in a draw,” Row Manuel says from the back seat.

Rockefeller in Patagonia

Rockefeller in Patagonia

Aug 16, 2016

Outside wealth, local values, and creating national parks

Ken Burns’ documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea tells a story from the early years of Grand Teton National Park.

Raising Sheep in Patagonia

Raising Sheep in Patagonia

Aug 16, 2016

A way of life suffers under absentee landowners

Rody Twyman follows a couple thousand bleating sheep on a dirt path.

Home Away from Home

Home Away from Home

Aug 16, 2016

How does conservation happen when the landowner lives elsewhere?

In Texas, authorities are dealing with a rash of timber thieves sneaking onto far-flung parcels of absentee-owned lands

Selling Conservation

Selling Conservation

Aug 9, 2016

UW research reveals landowners’ surprising attitudes about conservation easements

Chris Bastian grew up working on his grandparents’ ranches in southeastern Wyoming every summer and thought he’d spend his life as a rancher.

Bee Ranching

Bee Ranching

Aug 9, 2016

Paying landowners to create and connect pollinator habitat

Bees are declining, and that’s bad news for ag producers.

The True Value of Flood Irrigation

The True Value of Flood Irrigation

Aug 9, 2016

What’s seen as wasteful water use has hidden benefits

Ranchers today in the Upper Green River Basin say they are modern-day beavers.