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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

A “Just Transition” for Fossil Fuel Workers

A “Just Transition” for Fossil Fuel Workers

Mar 14, 2017

The search for a jobs-positive shift to clean energy

Nearly 500 Wyoming coal miners were laid off last spring, and in the past two years roughly 5,400 oilfield workers lost their jobs in the state.

Energy Transition

Energy Transition

Mar 14, 2017

Our world needs more energy and less CO2

The world needs more energy. More than 1.4 billion people live without access to electricity.

Amphibious Citizen Scientists

Amphibious Citizen Scientists

Mar 14, 2017

Wildlife managers turn to volunteers for help collecting hard-to-get data

I swished my dipnet through water and vegetation at the edge of the beaver pond, creating swirls of mud that obscured the bottom.

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

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.

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.

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

“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.

A New Conservation Model

A New Conservation Model

Feb 1, 2016

How do we get outdoor enthusiasts to protect the places they play?

Several years ago, Sonoran Institute founder and long time conservationist Luther Propst was mountain biking on the Lunch Loops in Grand Junction

Evolving Wyoming Tourism

Evolving Wyoming Tourism

Jan 25, 2016

Can a tourist-driven economy fill the gap as energy revenue falters?

Tucked between Ladies Golf Night and Bible Camp on the July 2015 events calendar for Hulett, Wyoming, is an event called Ham N Jam.

The Bone People

The Bone People

Jan 19, 2016

The booming business of antler hunting on public lands

Andy Hart thinks of antler hunting as a process of manufacturing luck.

What the Pioneers Saw

What the Pioneers Saw

Jan 19, 2016

Protecting viewsheds on National Historic Trails

Less than 30 miles from the Nebraska-Wyoming border, an etched wagon wheel marks the grave of Rebecca Winters

A New Kind of Energy

A New Kind of Energy

Jan 11, 2016

A refinery town redefines itself as an outdoor playground

A flash of red bobs in the North Platte River at the Casper, Wyoming, city limits.

Essay: Outdoor Recreation and the Still Unlovely Mind

Essay: Outdoor Recreation and the Still Unlovely Mind

Jan 11, 2016

“Recreation is a perpetual battlefield because it is a single word denoting as many diverse things as there are diverse people.”

Remembering Luke Lynch

Remembering Luke Lynch

Aug 24, 2015

As Wyoming State Director for The Conservation Fund, Luke Lynch led several projects to conserve open spaces

Nomad, Weaver, Storyteller

Nomad, Weaver, Storyteller

Aug 3, 2015

Fiber artist Doris Florig weaves natural history in her tapestries

“While experimenting with natural dye materials for the pronghorn coat

Public Opinion on Natural Resource Conservation in Wyoming

Public Opinion on Natural Resource Conservation in Wyoming

Dec 23, 2014

A recent statewide poll of Wyoming voters documented a strong interest in conservation and support for dedicating additional state funds to protect land, air, water, wildlife habitat, and ranchlands in the state.