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Biking near YST

Wheels of change: A new policy for bikes on national park trails

Posted: July 18, 2012
Last week the National Park Service issued its final rule expanding biking opportunities on trails, fire routes and maintenance roads in national...

Arkansas River/Browns Canyon National Monument designation

Posted: July 13, 2012
Will a National Monument designation be a good thing for the Arkansas River and Browns Canyon area?
Solar panels in the desert

The future of solar energy may look bright, but it has a dark side

Posted: July 11, 2012
Increased solar energy development will bring lower emissions, but it may also lead to increased habitat destruction.
coal mine

Dear OSM: Don’t let Utah make environmental protection more difficult

Posted: July 11, 2012
Coal mining has been approved in a beautiful Utah canyon, and the bulldozers are coming. Not to worry – the Sierra Club just filed suit and obtained...
Colorado forest

Seeing the overcrowded forest for the trees

Posted: July 10, 2012
The push to thin forests while boosting timber production has created a conundrum for many conservationists, including myself, who are wary that the...
Woodland caribou

Making a home for the woodland caribou—but at what cost?

Posted: July 2, 2012
While some sort of compromise must be reached in order to ensure the health and well being of both the caribou and local residents, certain aspects...

The BLM’s Proposed Fracking Regulation

Posted: June 25, 2012
The BLM has proposed a new rule regulating fracking. Is it too little too late or bureaucratic overkill?
High Park Fire

Putting the West on a low carb(on) diet

Posted: June 24, 2012
At this year's annual summer conference at the University of Colorado Law School--“A Low Carbon Energy Blueprint for the American West”--...
Endangered Species

Combatting landowners' urge to shoot, shovel and shut-up

Posted: June 21, 2012
The DOI proposes increasing voluntary incentives to ease the fears of landowners that are hesitant to provide habitat for imperiled species.
Forests, Wildlife
Lesser prairie-chicken

Debate over dunes sagebrush lizard, lesser prairie-chicken raises the...

Posted: June 12, 2012
It’s spring on the prairie. Among the bird calls, you hear a sound like water bubbling over stones in a river. But there is no river. Instead, this...
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