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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Dec 7, 2018

Here in the West, we ask a lot of our public lands. As the photo collage on the cover illustrates, we pile demands onto the federal and state lands that surround our communities.

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Mar 5, 2018

Western Confluence has grappled with some controversial topics, but as the editorial crew planned this issue, a focus on endangered species felt especially fraught.

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Mar 7, 2017

Coal powers America. Or at least it has for the last sixty years. For most of the last century, anywhere from 45 to 55 percent of US electricity came from coal.

Editor’s Note

Editor’s Note

Aug 9, 2016

I grew up in the 1990s watching the hay fields between Sheridan and Big Horn, Wyoming, sprout houses. By the time I graduated from Big Horn School, golf carts zipping over manicured greens had replaced the tractors pulling balers through waist high grass.

Editor’s Note (winter 2016)

Editor’s Note (winter 2016)

Jan 11, 2016

Wandering down the spine of a ridge last summer in southern Wyoming’s Sierra Madre, I stumbled across a 100-year-old mining camp: pits surrounded by heaps of broken rock

Note from the Associate Editor (summer 2015)

Note from the Associate Editor (summer 2015)

Aug 3, 2015

In Wyoming, wildlife does more than just satisfy the fleeting affections of summertime tourists holding smartphones out car windows.

From the Editor (winter 2015)

From the Editor (winter 2015)

Dec 23, 2014

Water and humans: two powerful forces shaping our landscapes. Take a flight from Denver or Billings into some small western farming town to see the extent.

From the Editor (summer 2014)

From the Editor (summer 2014)

Jul 17, 2014

The forests that cloak mountainsides are one of the defining ecosystems of the western US. Recent big bark beetle outbreaks and wildfires raise questions about how forests are changing and how we should respond.

From the Editor (winter 2014)

From the Editor (winter 2014)

Jan 6, 2014

By Indy Burke

“I’m weary and tired. I’ve done my day’s riding. Nighttime is rolling my way. The sky’s on fire and the light’s slowly fading. Peaceful and still ends the day. And out on the trail the night birds are calling, singing their wild melody. Down in the canyon the cottonwood whispers a song of Wyoming for me.”
– Chris LeDoux