2012

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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...

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...
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