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The release of 10 wild bison on open space marked the return of wild bison to the Colorado prairie after about 150 years' absence. Photo by Garrit Voggesser

Wild Bison Return to the Colorado Prairie

11/6/2015 // By Judith Kohler

There was a big party on the rolling prairie of northern Colorado, and the only thing the guests of honor wanted to do was gallop away. The roughly 200 celebrants were thrilled watching as 10 bison were introduced to their new home – …

students cleaning up bee garden

The National Wildlife Federation Teams Up for School Garden Project

10/27/2015 // By NWF

The National Wildlife Federation’s Rocky Mountain Regional Center recently partnered with TIAA-CREF, a financial institution that helps people in the academic field, for one of its 2015 employee service days. The TIAA-CREF employees and the National Wildlife Federation staff helped Pine Lane Elementary …

The London Mine in Colorado's South Park is an old inactive mine that is polluting a nearby creek. Photo by EcoFlight

Hardrock Mine Pollution: Environmental Hits Just Keep Coming

10/13/2015 // By Judith Kohler

The fouling of the Animas and other rivers by 3 million gallons of toxic wastewater from an old inactive gold mine in the Colorado mountains in August was dramatic and disturbing. Yet that’s just the beginning. “I wasn’t surprised that …

At least 3 million gallons of wastewater from an old  gold mine have fouled Colorado's Las Animas River. Photo by Tom McNamara, La Plata County Office of Emergency Management

What We Can Learn from the Colorado Mine Waste Spill

8/10/2015 // By Judith Kohler

Oftentimes when we talk about conserving our public lands, fish and wildlife and protecting our clean air and waterways, there is an overarching impulse that transcends all politics and economics. That impulse is the deeply felt desire to see wildlife continue …

Thanks to the Antiquities Act, Colorado's Brown Canyon will be conserved as a national monument. Image: Judith Kohler

The Antiquities Act: Vital for the Public, Vital for America’s Outdoor Legacy

3/25/2015 // By Judith Kohler

Sportsmen and women wanted it. Hikers, mountain bikers, rafters and business owners wanted it. Veterans’ groups wanted it. So did Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, former Sen. Mark Udall, former Rep. Joel Hefley and Sen. Michael Bennet. They all wanted to see …

Supporters of making Colorado's Brown Canyon a national monument hope that President Obama will approve a designation. Photo courtesy of Friends of Browns Canyon.

Monumental Push Made to Protect Colorado’s Browns Canyon

12/3/2014 // By Judith Kohler

Coloradans and people from across the country who flock to Browns Canyon for its renowned whitewater rafting are hoping the area 140 miles southwest of Denver will soon become the country’s newest national monument. Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael …

The Roan Plateau provides important habitat for mule deer and several other species. Photo by John Gale

NWF Helps Score Win for Colorado Wildlife Haven

11/24/2014 // By Judith Kohler

As drilling geared up in the Rockies in the early 2000s, a rallying cry among people worried about the natural gas boom’s effects in Colorado was “Save the Roan!” The “Roan” is the Roan Plateau, a massive, hulking presence in …


An Open Letter to the Last Wild Bison of America

11/11/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

Dear wild bison, It’s time you made a comeback. But first, I want to apologize. Even though you are magnificently large and swift – the largest terrestrial animal in North America – our forefathers hunted you to the brink of …

Bison on Cheyenne River Stephen C. Torbit

Wild Bison’s Long-Awaited Homecoming Continues

10/22/2014 // By Judith Kohler

Two decades of work to restore wild bison across landscapes they once dominated continues to pay off. The latest good news is that Fort Peck in northeast Montana is getting more Yellowstone bison. The state Fish and Wildlife Commission has …

Bill Dvorak, in the green shirt to the left, took Sen. Mark Udall, front right, on a river trip through Browns Canyon over the Fourth of July holiday. Photo by Luke Dvorak

Coloradans Want Browns Canyon to be the Next National Monument

7/22/2014 // By Judith Kohler

For Bill Dvorak, permanent protection for southern Colorado’s Browns Canyon has been a long time coming. Dvorak is the National Wildlife Federation’s public lands organizer in Colorado He’s also one of the best-known outfitters in the state and has been leading …