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A private oil shale test site in northwestern Colorado. Photo by David Ellenberger.

The Push for Oil Shale: News Ripped from Last Century’s Headlines

12/3/2012 // By Judith Kohler

There’s a saying in Colorado about the so-far-fruitless effort to tap the “Saudi Arabia” of oil shale in the region: “Oil shale: It’s the energy of the future… and always will be.” As documented by the Checks and Balances Project, […] Read more >

The Energy Future is Now: Extend wind tax credits

11/14/2012 // By Judith Kohler

The election’s over. Billions of dollars have been spent on campaigns from coast to coast. And the pundits tell us, politically speaking, that we’re back where we were because the players and partisan makeup have barely changed. A glaring headline […] Read more >

Burning Concern: Drought-Driven Wildfires Generating Pollution

9/19/2012 // By Judith Kohler

This summer, the foothills and mountain peaks that form Colorado’s Front Range have been nearly invisible at times because of thick haze from wildfires in the state and across the region. The view to the west from Boulder and the […] Read more >

(NWF Photo by Judith Kohler)

Fallout from Wildfire, Erosion Expected to Plague Colorado River and Fish for Years

7/24/2012 // By Judith Kohler

It’s summertime in the Rockies, but all is not right in the northern Colorado fishing haven of Poudre Canyon. At first glance, it looks normal. Dozens of life-jacketed people in bright blue and yellow rafts are bouncing along the Cache […] Read more >

Photo by NWF's Judith Kohler

Colorado Wildfires Hit Close to Home for NWF Staff, Families

6/27/2012 // By Judith Kohler

It’s one thing to work for an organization committed to protecting wildlife, public lands and tackling the environmental challenge of our lives – climate change. It’s startling to watch threats to wildlife and public lands – and homes and lives […] Read more >

Oil Shale: A Half-baked Idea Whose Time Still Hasn’t Come

4/19/2012 // By Judith Kohler

Supporters of mining the vast tracts of public lands in Wyoming, Utah and western Colorado for oil shale like to say how the region is “the Saudi Arabia’’ of the stuff. Industry cheerleaders and some members of Congress cite government […] Read more >

Bison and calf by Dick Forehand

6 Amazing Facts You Never Knew About Bison

2/29/2012 // By Judith Kohler

The bison, shaggy behemoth of the Great Plains, despite weighing as much as a ton, can race up to 40 mph, jump up to 6 feet vertically and can quickly pivot to combat predators. Unfortunately this mighty beast is not […] Read more >