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Who gives a hoot? FWS considers experimental removal of barred owls

Posted: June 2, 2012
The expanded range of barred owls may negatively impact the threatened northern spotted owl. Is shooting barred owls the answer?
Forests, Wildlife
Rafting the Colorado

Water to the people: Reforming Colorado law in the public interest

Posted: June 2, 2012
Water is our deliverance in the West, but it can also imprisons us, and establishing a new give-and-take that considers the public foremost will not...
Horseshoe Canyon

Debate over what makes a road rages on in Utah

Posted: May 14, 2012
A debate that’s spanned a decade in Utah, and may soon come to a head, could make hard-to-reach places more accessible to the masses by leveling,...
Pawnee Buttes

Little grousing on the prairie

Posted: April 28, 2012
With a growing interest in drilling into the PNG, I was curious about whether or not the agencies tasked with protecting and leasing it consider the...
NPS ranger with kids

Calling all citizen scientists

Posted: April 2, 2012
You summer hike could help scientists connect some dots.

Recent federal court decision strips EPA of its veto power on 404...

Posted: March 28, 2012
A recent federal court ruling turns upside down Mark Squillace's understanding of Section 404(c) of the Clean Water Act.
Energy, Water, Wildlife

Highlights (and lowlights) of the new Forest Service Planning Rule

Posted: March 27, 2012
Mark Squillace comments on the Final Planning Rule. While he finds important changes regarding the protection of water quality, the restoration of...

Who let the cats out? Brigham court chases its tail to avoid “absurd...

Posted: March 24, 2012
Andrew Ogden writes about how one of this country's oldest conservation laws is being wrongly-interpreted by one federal court, putting...
Grizzly family in YNP

Rethinking recreation in grizzly country

Posted: March 20, 2012
The stage is being set for more conflicts, and possibly more fatalities, as several factors converge within grizzly-inhabited ecosystems.
Southwestern Willow Flycatcher nest

Wildlife on working lands gets a leg up

Posted: March 11, 2012
Rural landowners in the West, and in several states back East, just got a big incentive to protect seven vulnerable species on their property....
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