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The State of The Rockies and Public Lands

2/14/2014 // By Ann Morgan

Once again, Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project has put its finger on the pulse of the West. Their recently released Conservation in the West Poll shows that voters want leaders who seek to protect public lands and the natural […] Read more >

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A Tale of Two Sportsmen’s Bills

2/11/2014 // By John W. Gale

With Congress these days, it can seem like the best of times and the worst of times. After years of relatively little legislative success, members of both chambers and on both sides of the political divide managed to construct and […] Read more >

A pair of wind turbines Flickr photo by Mike Atkins.

Renewable Energy and Public Lands

2/6/2014 // By Guest Author

Guest post by Hayley Connolly-Newman I was recently a participant in a National Wildlife Federation lobby day fly-in to Washington D.C. Not only was jetlag having effects of what felt like a 4:30 a.m. wake up call, but I had […] Read more >

Eclipse over the Continental Divide in Colorado. NWF staff photo by Ann Morgan.

A New Year’s Resolution for Congress: Keep Public Lands in Public Hands

12/30/2013 // By Ann Morgan

With all the end-of-year news stories, one of the most consistent headlines goes something like this: “113th Congress on pace to be least productive ever.”  However, the New Year is a time for hope, including the hope that Congress will listen […] Read more >

A bison surveys the herd from a ridge in Yellowstone's Hayden Valley.

Adopt an Icon of the American West: Help Bison Today

12/9/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

For America’s bison, 2013 has been a pretty good year. And really, 2012 wasn’t too bad either. But for an animal with a history as profoundly sad as the bison’s, one good year (or even a couple) can be a […] 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 >

A bighorn ram in Yellowstone National Park. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest Entrant Cal Bebee.

Can We Prevent Bighorn Sheep from Contracting Pneumonia? With Your Help, Yes!

9/25/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

For bighorn sheep in Montana, communicable diseases—including pneumonia—are a huge problem. The diseases are highly contagious and often fatal, leading to slow and painful deaths. The situation is complicated because scientists don’t fully understand how these diseases spread. Another problem can […] Read more >

These bison near Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming are among the wildlife dependent on public lands. Photo by Ann Morgan

National Public Lands Day Is a Chance to Honor a Great American Legacy

9/25/2013 // By Ann Morgan

National Public Lands Day, Saturday, Sept. 28, is a great opportunity for those of us who enjoy the ability to hike, fish, hunt, and explore America’s great treasure of public lands to give back.  In fact, more than 175,000 Americans […] 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 >