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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

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

Greater sage grouse: The bird that brought the  West together

Greater sage grouse: The bird that brought the West together

Jan 6, 2014

The greater sage grouse lives in the extensive sagebrush steppe that spans parts of Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, the Dakotas, Alberta and Saskatchewan.

A timeline of sage grouse conservation
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.

Conservation grazing: Ranchers lead the way

Conservation grazing: Ranchers lead the way

Jan 6, 2014

On the Howell Ranch and adjacent properties in western Colorado, cattle are used to create prime elk hunting opportunities. Managers carefully consider elk movements when they design the annual grazing plan for the ranch.

Economics of engineering with livestock: Incentives for establishing biological diversity

Economics of engineering with livestock: Incentives for establishing biological diversity

Jan 6, 2014

Recognizing the importance of agricultural lands for wildlife, a number of programs in the western United States encourage ranchers to manage rangelands in ways that benefit both landowners and wildlife. Financial incentive for improving biodiversity per se is yet to come.

The ecology of fear: Elk responses to wolves in Yellowstone are not what we thought

The ecology of fear: Elk responses to wolves in Yellowstone are not what we thought

Jan 6, 2014

Wolf reintroduction to Yellowstone National Park in 1995 triggered an endlessly fascinating stream of ecosystem responses. More than a decade and a half later, ecologists are still trying to determine

Elk and wolves in Yellowstone

Elk and wolves in Yellowstone

Jan 6, 2014

The Northern Yellowstone Cooperative Wildlife Working Group, an interagency collaboration between Yellowstone National Park and Montana Fish and Wildlife, began counting elk on Yellowstone’s Northern Range in 1961. Counts are taken from the air one day a year.

“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

Federal government fast tracks a Wyoming wind farm

Federal government fast tracks a Wyoming wind farm

Jan 6, 2014

Carbon County’s Chokecherry-Sierra Madre project will be the nation’s largest

Cicadas: Wyoming’s summer songsters

Cicadas: Wyoming’s summer songsters

Jan 6, 2014

Walk through the sagebrush or a forest in the west this summer and you are likely to hear the raucous clicking or buzzing of cicadas.

Solutions: Collaborative problem solving in the gas fields

Solutions: Collaborative problem solving in the gas fields

Jan 6, 2014

A diverse team knuckles down on a daunting natural resource issue

Essay: Conservation is a conservative ethic

Essay: Conservation is a conservative ethic

Jan 6, 2014

“Save the parts,” my dad and grandfather used to say while I was growing up on our ranch. I recall many ranches and farms hoarding a respectable bone pile of motors, bolts, springs, axles and an interesting variety of metal parts.