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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 >

Proponents of H.R. 2728 say federal fracking rules aren't needed if states have their own regulations. Photo: Judith Kohler

Fracking Bill could Take the ‘Public’ Out of Federal Lands

7/31/2013 // By Judith Kohler

It’s about local control, say members of Congress who want the states, not the federal government, to regulate fracking on federal lands — those public lands that belong to all Americans. The House Natural Resources Committee is considering a bill that would bar the […] Read more >

Fishing and other outdoor recreation on public lands is an important part of the economy. Photo: Lew Carpenter

Our Public Lands — The Gift that Keeps on Giving and Giving and…

7/30/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Yet one more report underscores how important conserving our nation’s public lands is to the country’s economy. The newest report is from our country’s largest landlord, the Interior Department. It outlines Interior’s economic contributions for fiscal 2012 — $371 billion to […] Read more >

Wildfires, driven by record heat and drought, are the face of climate change in the Southwest. Photo by Judith Kohler.

Wildfire May Wipe Out Town: The Face of Climate Change in the Southwest

6/21/2013 // By Judith Kohler

The drought-driven wildfires rage on in Colorado. About a week after Colorado’s most destructive wildfire killed two people and destroyed at least 500 homes, a 29,000-acre – and growing — blaze could wipe out a mountain town in the southwest part […] Read more >

Warmer water and erosion from wildfires are threatening fisheries in the Rockies. Photo by Lew Carpenter

The Wests’ New Norm: A Nearly Neverending Wildfire Season

6/14/2013 // By Judith Kohler

This Rocky  Mountain summer is shaping up to be a lot like last summer — hot, dry, fiery. And it’s not even officially summer yet. A wildfire driven by drought, wind and record-breaking heat has killed two people, destroyed an estimated 360 […] Read more >

Less Water, More Wildlife — What’s Not to Love about Native Plants?

5/16/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Some gardeners want to cut their water and chemical use. Others want to attract more butterflies, birds and bees. Whatever the reason, Denver-area gardeners seem to be increasingly interested in indigenous flowers, grasses and shrubs. Every May for the past […] Read more >

1-2-3-4, Who’re We Gonna Cheer For? Eco-Schools!

5/1/2013 // By Judith Kohler

“Way to go Cougars!” a student at Copper Mesa Elementary in Highlands Ranch exclaimed as the gym full of students cheered. The occasion was a kind of pep assembly at the Denver-area school, but it was unlike any pep assembly […] Read more >

One of six beavers caught in an oil spill at a Utah state park rests at a wildlife center. Photo by the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah.

Beavers Save Bay from Brunt of Spill – But Pay the Price

4/18/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Beavers have proved over and over again how valuable they and their impressive dams are. The wetlands created by the dams increase and support biological diversity. The dams filter silt and pollution from water. Recently in northern Utah, beaver dams […] Read more >

A seep of oil-like substances adjacent to a western Colorado natural gas plant is just 60 feet from a creek that flows into the Colorado River (pictured). Photo by Judith Kohler

Water and Wildlife Shouldn’t Mix with Oil and Gas

3/21/2013 // By Judith Kohler

“It’s possible we may have dodged a bullet this time, but this should be seen as a wake-up call.” That’s the reaction of National Wildlife Federation attorney Michael Saul to an ongoing, underground leak of what’s variously been described as […] Read more >

Flickr:USFWS/Rocky Mountain-Prairie Region. The black-footed ferret is one of North America's rarest species.

Black-footed Ferrets — Will They be the Comeback Kits?

3/7/2013 // By Judith Kohler

The black-footed ferret has gone from near oblivion to the brink of recovery in about three decades. The lithe, little weasel with the bandit-like mask was thought to be extinct until a ranch dog named Shep carried a dead ferret to […] Read more >