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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Small-Scale Hydropower

Small-Scale Hydropower

Mar 14, 2017

Wyoming’s streams and irrigation ditches are an untapped clean energy source

“If we disconnected that 14-inch pipe and pointed it upward, the water would blast nearly 600 feet into the air,” says Les Hook

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.

Conservation Easements

Conservation Easements

Aug 30, 2016

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

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.

Carnivores, Not Condos

Carnivores, Not Condos

Aug 23, 2016

Ranches provide key wildlife passages between two protected ecosystems

On his ranch in Montana’s Ruby Valley, Rick Sandru can load hay and enjoy views of the snowcapped Tobacco Root Mountains as geese honk overhead.

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

The Cowboy on the Bluetooth

The Cowboy on the Bluetooth

Aug 16, 2016

How ranchers make ends meet in the twenty-first century

From a distance, Kent Price looks like any other young rancher working cattle.

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.

“When Land Does Well for Its Owner, and the Owner Does Well by His Land”

“When Land Does Well for Its Owner, and the Owner Does Well by His Land”

Aug 9, 2016

An interview with the Sand County Foundation about the state of private lands conservation

Among the writings of forester and conservationist Aldo Leopold

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.

The Feedgrounds Conundrum

The Feedgrounds Conundrum

Aug 24, 2015

Brucellosis spreads as Wyoming tries to protect livestock

As he does every single morning from November into April, Bondurant, Wyoming, rancher Kevin Campbell leads his two draft horses, Ed and Smoke, out of their pen and harnesses them to the hay wagon to feed elk.

A Brief History of Brucellosis

A Brief History of Brucellosis

Aug 24, 2015

~1887 – British physician David Bruce investigated a mysterious illness that killed four soldiers on the Mediterranean island of Malta

Measuring Return Flows

Measuring Return Flows

Dec 23, 2014

This story is a sidebar to One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply: Upstream Efficiencies Mean Less Water for Downstream Users in Nebraska’s Panhandle.

As a child in northeastern Wyoming, I remember my summers as irrigation season.

Wyoming Conservation Exchange

Wyoming Conservation Exchange

Dec 23, 2014

New Marketplace Will Reward Wyoming Ranchers for Conserving Sage Grouse Habitat

The Upper Green River Basin of Wyoming, at the headwaters of the Colorado River, is laced with clear running streams and fosters abundant habitat and some of the most robust greater sage grouse, mule deer, and pronghorn populations in the world.

One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply

One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply

Dec 23, 2014

Upstream Efficiencies Mean Less Water For Downstream Users in Nebraska’s Panhandle

On a warm summer morning in western Nebraska, 77-year-old farmer Bob Busch stood next to a sugar beet field in a worn denim shirt

Collaboration in Action

Collaboration in Action

Jul 17, 2014

Wilderness and Livestock Advocates Advise US Forest Service on New Planning Rule

When Jim Magagna, Executive Vice President of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, arrived at the first national advisory committee meeting for forest planning, he looked around

Cattle as ecosystem engineers

Cattle as ecosystem engineers

Jan 6, 2014

Climate, soils, topography, grazing, and fire have shaped the composition and structure of vegetation on rangelands in the American West. Collectively, the many possible combinations of these different factors should lead to diverse plant communities and associated diverse wildlife species.