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Mexican spotted owls

Putting a price tag on existence

October 13, 2012
Changes to critical habitat designations could have a chilling effect.

Las Vegas bets big on rural water

August 9, 2012
Considering everything that’s at risk by draining four valleys, and potentially a fifth in the future, should we be gambling on this pipeline?
Wind farm

The answer to our energy needs, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

July 26, 2012
The proposed 1,000 turbine Wyoming wind farm is not without environmental consequences, but the benefits appear to outweigh the costs.
Colorado forest

Seeing the overcrowded forest for the trees

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...
High Park Fire

Putting the West on a low carb(on) diet

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”--...
Rafting the Colorado

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

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...
NPS ranger with kids

Calling all citizen scientists

April 2, 2012
You summer hike could help scientists connect some dots.
Grizzly family in YNP

Rethinking recreation in grizzly country

March 20, 2012
The stage is being set for more conflicts, and possibly more fatalities, as several factors converge within grizzly-inhabited ecosystems.
Natural gas wells

Air Apparent: Cutting emissions from oil & gas development

February 8, 2012
It used to be that oil and gas development happened somewhere ‘out there’ in rural areas that most of us living in the highly-populated areas of the...
Bryce Canyon NP

Proposed Alton Coal Tract Lease Draft EIS a colossal failure

January 30, 2012
Mark Squillace says that, while coal development and combustion may be a reality for the foreseeable future in this country, we do not need to...
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