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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

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.

Beetle-Kill Fuels Bioenergy

Beetle-Kill Fuels Bioenergy

Jul 17, 2014

Innovations Turn a Rocky Mountain Disaster into a Clean Energy Opportunity

On a morning in early March, I ride with Cody Neff, owner of West Range Reclamation (WRR), in his truck from Frisco, Colorado, to the company’s nearby worksite

Up in Flames

Up in Flames

Jul 17, 2014

The Economics of Protecting Homes in the Wildland Urban Interface

This photo, taken by Casper Star-Tribune photographer Alan Rogers during the 2012 Sheep Herder Hill fire on Casper Mountain, says it all:

Zombie Trees

Zombie Trees

Jul 17, 2014

If Bark-Beetle-Killed Trees Aren’t Using the Water, Where is it Going?

“We call them zombie trees.”

Prescribed Burns, Toppling Trees, and Vulnerable Cabins, Oh My

Prescribed Burns, Toppling Trees, and Vulnerable Cabins, Oh My

Jul 17, 2014

Social Scientists Reveal what the Public Thinks of Post-beetle Forest Management

At the height of the mountain pine beetle epidemic in northern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming, Phil Cruz, Forest Supervisor

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

Essay: The Ancient History and Uncertain Future of Western Forests

Essay: The Ancient History and Uncertain Future of Western Forests

Jul 17, 2014

Throughout the western states, trees grow abundantly over large areas only on the higher mountain ranges.

“Regen”: An ecologist’s retrospective on the wildfires of 2012

“Regen”: An ecologist’s retrospective on the wildfires of 2012

Jan 6, 2014

My own home was surrounded by one of the massive wildfires that swept the Rocky Mountain region in 2012. While the house and barn made it, many of the neighbors’ homes did not.

Humans: The wildest animal in the forest

Humans: The wildest animal in the forest

Jan 6, 2014

Social science bolsters a massive management plan