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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

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.

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.

National Parks Respond to Climate Change

National Parks Respond to Climate Change

Feb 1, 2016

As ecosystems transform, the Park Service adapts

Strapping on crampons and readying their ice axes, the Jenny Lake Climbing Rangers

Horsing Around

Horsing Around

Feb 1, 2016

Big time equine fun in little western towns

Horse and human stories have been intertwined in the West for centuries, and while only a few people work with horses today,

Some Like it Cold

Some Like it Cold

Feb 1, 2016

How does a local ski hill prepare for an uncertain future?

I’m a third-generation Bridger Bowl skier. My grandparents taught my dad to ski here

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.

Camper Culture

Camper Culture

Jan 25, 2016

Small, hand-built, and rugged RVs bring a new demographic into the fold

Mike Resch never expected to own a camper. He prided himself on his ability to live out of a backpack

Boat-Shaped Bugseed

Boat-Shaped Bugseed

Jan 25, 2016

Sand Hills off-roaders co-exist with rare plant

The North Sand Hills rise out of Northern Colorado’s high plains like a scene from a science fiction movie.

Stories Told in Paint

Stories Told in Paint

Jan 25, 2016

Discovering fine art in Jackson

On a hazy evening the streets of Jackson blur with summer tourists. Laughter and chitchat rises from outdoor patios like bubbles in a fizzy drink.

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

Only YOU Can Prevent Zebra Mussels

Only YOU Can Prevent Zebra Mussels

Jan 19, 2016

Sloganeering in the age of invasive species

Everybody knows the catchphrase Only YOU Can Prevent Forest Fires. Lots of folks who spend time in the backcountry understand they should Leave No Trace.

The Forgotten River

The Forgotten River

Jan 19, 2016

A UW graduate student sees expedition potential in a neglected corner of the West

On May 31, 2015, a half dozen brightly colored rafts slipped past the Split Mountain take out at the bottom of Gates of Lodore

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.

Terror in the Backcountry

Terror in the Backcountry

Jan 11, 2016

When wildlife comes face to face with winter sports enthusiasts

Imagine you’re out for a pleasant winter stroll and just about to bite into your turkey

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.”