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Judith Kohler is the communications manager in the National Wildlife Federation’s regional office in Boulder, Colo., where she works on public lands issues in the Rockies. Before joining NWF in August 2011, she was a reporter for 21 years with The Associated Press in Colorado and Wyoming. She covered politics, energy and the environment. Thanks.
The Green River, the site of a recent oil spill, is the chief tributary of the Colorado River. It's  home to endangered fish species and is important to tourism. Photo by Ann Morgan

Drilling Spills on Public Lands Continue to Threaten Water, Wildlife — Our Shared Public Heritage

6/5/2014 // By Judith Kohler

An unknown volume of oil and water from a Utah drilling site has flown into the Green River, the chief tributary of the Colorado River. The spill—caused by a ruptured valve on a well—is just the latest reminder of what’s at stake […] Read more >

The Organ Mountains in southern New Mexico are the anchor of a new national monument. Photo by John Gale

Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument: Established From the Grassroots Up

5/21/2014 // By Judith Kohler

People from all backgrounds and political leanings have really put the “public” in “public lands” in New Mexico. For more than a decade, ranchers, business owners, church and civic leaders, Native Americans, sportsmen and women, wildlife advocates, hikers, campers, politicians […] Read more >

Extreme weather in Colorado has included the 2013 flood unleashed by record rainfall. NWF Photo/Kamla Sullivan

U.S. Senator, Scientists Sound Warning on Climate Change

4/22/2014 // By Judith Kohler

We know that no place will escape climate change, but sometimes it feels like Colorado is experiencing all the consequences of a warming world at once. Last year, our wildfire season, which keeps getting longer, blew up in early June. […] Read more >

South Park is one of the areas affected by the Colorado Bureau of Land Management's policy of not offering oil and gas leases while a master leasing plan is being written. (c)Colorado Wildlife Federation/Suzanne O'Neill. 201

New Public Lands Policies Could Mean Better On-the-Ground Practices

4/21/2014 // By Judith Kohler

The National Wildlife Federation and its partners in the Sportsmen for Responsible Energy Development coalition have been urging the Interior Department to fully implement its promised reforms of oil and gas leasing on public lands since the agency announced the […] Read more >

Point Arena-Stornetta along California's Mendocino coastline has been added to the California Coastal National Monument. Flickr photo by BLM California.

Obama Uses Pen to Protect California Shoreline: More on Way?

3/16/2014 // By Judith Kohler

President Barack Obama promised in his State of the Union address to use his authority to protect “more of our pristine federal lands for future generations” to get around congressional resistance to new wilderness areas, national parks and monuments. So […] Read more >

Rebecca Brown, left, poses with DOI Secretary Sally Jewell with the Washington Monument in the background. Photo by Tami A. Heilemann/DOI

DOI Secretary Jewell Meets the Future: the Next Corps of Conservationists

3/11/2014 // By Judith Kohler

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell sees fostering the next generation of conservationists as a priority.  In a speech last fall, Jewell said it’s critical to establish meaningful connections between young people and the outdoors for “the health of our economy and […] Read more >

A  black-footed ferret hesitates before bolting into a burrow on a southern Colorado Ranch. Photo by Judith Kohler

Endangered Ferrets Find Refuge on Southern Colorado ranch

11/12/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Biologists and ranchers Gary and Georgia Walker walked around their pasture, scouting the prairie dog burrows that dot the land. They were looking for the right spots to release their endangered cargo: black-footed ferrets, one of the rarest mammals in North […] Read more >

Bull elk stopping traffic is a typical sight in the fall in Rocky Mountain National Park. This isn't a typical fall. NWF Photo

First Flooding, Now an Unnatural Disaster — the Shutdown — Plagues Rocky Mountain National Park

10/3/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Colorado communities are still assessing all the damage from September’s deadly flooding that destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes and wiped out roads and highways.  People in the town of Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, […] Read more >

Pilots with EcoFlight, an advocacy and education nonprofit, get a bird's-eye view of flooded oil and gas fields on Colorado's eastern plains. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight.

UPDATED:Flood of `Biblical Proportions’ Leaves Behind Devastation, Pollution

9/19/2013 // By Judith Kohler

There’s the devastation that we know has been unleashed by Colorado’s rains of  “of biblical proportions”—eight people presumed dead; about 1,500 homes destroyed and more than 17,000 damaged; and numerous roads and bridges across a broad swath of northeastern Colorado washed […] Read more >

Bison start moving off to graze. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky

Restoration of 34 Wild Bison to Tribal Lands Marks New Milestone

8/23/2013 // By Judith Kohler

  Another homecoming, another important milestone in the quest to restore wild bison to tribal lands and their rightful place—the grasslands they once roamed by the millions. An enthusiastic crowd of about 150 greeted  34 bison as they were freed Aug. 22 […] Read more >