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Draft Forest Planning Rules: Spotlight on species diversity

Posted: February 22, 2011
Most of us who have been following forest planning for many years understand the critical role of species conservation to forest management. We also...
Bald eagle

Draft Forest Planning Rules: A first look

Posted: February 14, 2011
The much-anticipated draft Forest Service land use planning rules were released today. There is much to like about the new draft rules but, as with...
Blue Mesa Reservoir

Water supply: Quenching Colorado's thirst

Posted: February 11, 2011
Water and growth in Colorado have been the subjects of a few interesting studies released recently: “Colorado’s Water Supply Future/State Water...
Jefferson Parkway, proposed route

Jefferson Parkway: Road rage on the Front Range

Posted: February 1, 2011
Energy, Other, Wildlife
Utah's red rock country

Wild Lands: Salazar goes wild, takes it back

Posted: January 19, 2011
It wasn’t long after Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was in Denver last month, announcing a new “Wild Lands” policy, that debate over the order flared...
The Triple 8 Ranch

Fire mitigation: Saving Montana’s trees, one ranch at a time

Posted: January 13, 2011
When forestry experts in Montana concluded last week that December’s cold snap did little to kill beetle larvae nestled under lodgepole and ponderosa...
Hope Mine tailings

Mine remediation: New hope for old messes

Posted: January 11, 2011
A new mine mediation technique, currently being field-tested by a non-profit based in Carbondale, may change the reclamation landscape entirely.
Energy, Water
Molycorp's Mountain Pass mine for rare earth elements

Rare earth metals: Weighing the costs of unobtainium

Posted: December 2, 2010
As this year comes to a close, anxiety continues to mount about how public and private interests in the U.S. are going to get their hands on enough...
shale gas drilling

Hydraulic fracturing: The fracas explained

Posted: November 19, 2010
When the EPA sent a subpoena to Halliburton last week, demanding to know what’s in the fluid used to drive their hydraulic fracturing process for...
Energy, Water
Colorado River delta.

Colorado River: Time for action

Posted: November 3, 2010
Being realistic about supply, and tough on demand, seems the best way to manage the Colorado River moving forward.
Climate, Energy, Water
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