Judith Kohler’s Archive

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

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 …

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

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 …

Bison start moving off to graze. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky

Restoration of 34 Wild Bison to Tribal Lands Marks New Milestone

  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 …

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

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 …

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…

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

“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 …

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

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 …

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