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NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT IN THE WEST

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.

The West’s Water

The West’s Water

Dec 23, 2014

Photo Essay

Water, or perhaps the absence of water, defines the Wyoming landscape and shapes the species that live on it. Big sagebrush (Artemesia tridentata) is one species particularly well adapted to Wyoming’s arid climate.

One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply

One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply

Dec 23, 2014

Upstream Efficiencies Mean Less Water For Downstream Users in Nebraska’s Panhandle

On a warm summer morning in western Nebraska, 77-year-old farmer Bob Busch stood next to a sugar beet field in a worn denim shirt

Measuring Return Flows

Measuring Return Flows

Dec 23, 2014

This story is a sidebar to One Irrigator’s Waste is Another’s Supply: Upstream Efficiencies Mean Less Water for Downstream Users in Nebraska’s Panhandle.

As a child in northeastern Wyoming, I remember my summers as irrigation season.

Supercomputer-Powered Model Improves Water Planning

Supercomputer-Powered Model Improves Water Planning

Dec 23, 2014

A Hi-Resolution Hydrologic Model Peers into the Future of Western Water

Inside the University of Wyoming’s 3-D visualization cave, winter is coming.

Dust on Snow

Dust on Snow

Dec 23, 2014

A Dirty Mountain Snow Pack Affects Communities Downstream

This story is a sidebar to Supercomputer-Powered Model Improves Water Planning: A Hi-Resolution Hydrologic Model Peers into the Future of Western Water.

Aquifer Recharge

Aquifer Recharge

Dec 23, 2014

Underground Storage Could Help Cities Sustain Water Supplies

In 2009 Lytle Water Solutions, LLC, a geology consulting firm, constructed a small, rectangular basin in a groundwater well field outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

The Great Water Transfer

The Great Water Transfer

Dec 23, 2014

Diverting Water from Basin to Basin

In the summer of 1860, farmers in central Colorado found Left Hand Creek dry.[1] They started looking for replacement water.

No-Name

No-Name

Dec 23, 2014

Asking Big Questions About Hydrology in One Little Watershed

Square solar panels congregate on weathered tree stumps in a small open area in the Medicine Bow National Forest.

Finding Teton Glacier

Finding Teton Glacier

Dec 23, 2014

My partner Matt and I left the Lupine Meadows parking lot in Grand Teton National Park at sunrise, his long stride covering miles quickly, my short stride moving fast to keep up.

Beaver Dreams

Beaver Dreams

Dec 23, 2014

The Rancher Who Wished for a Beaver

“They’re really beneficial, to get the shrubs in, get the water up.”

Wyoming Conservation Exchange

Wyoming Conservation Exchange

Dec 23, 2014

New Marketplace Will Reward Wyoming Ranchers for Conserving Sage Grouse Habitat

The Upper Green River Basin of Wyoming, at the headwaters of the Colorado River, is laced with clear running streams and fosters abundant habitat and some of the most robust greater sage grouse, mule deer, and pronghorn populations in the world.

Sagebrush Recovers at Oil and Gas Wells

Sagebrush Recovers at Oil and Gas Wells

Dec 23, 2014

Other Species Do Not

“The most important questions have to do with the long-term behavior of systems,” says Indy Burke, University of Wyoming ecologist. The system she’s talking about, in this case, is western landscapes.

Healing Sick Rivers

Healing Sick Rivers

Dec 23, 2014

Encampment River Case Study

A front loader picks up massive boulders as if they are pebbles. A bulldozer shoves rocks into a mound. High-pitched beeps ebb and flow as the machinery works back and forth.

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.

Essay: Ba’a

Essay: Ba’a

Dec 23, 2014

Water is Life

I was fortunate to grow up on the banks of Trout Creek, one of the many streams winding its way out of the Wind River Mountains onto mile-high flatlands and eventually to the lower elevations of the Big Wind River, if you consider 4,000 to 5,000 feet to be low.