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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 …

Don’t Fence Us Out of Our Public Lands

7/2/2013 // By Kate Zimmerman

I didn’t grow up with fences. In the small Midwestern town where I grew up, everyone’s backyard was still “open range.” I joined the rest of the kids in my neighborhood to roam that open range, playing Hide & Seek …

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 …

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Senate Moves Bi-Partisan Package of Public Lands Legislation

6/18/2013 // By John W. Gale

  Many Americans have grown frustrated with Congressional gridlock and inaction in both the House and the Senate. Political posturing and the lack of bipartisan collaboration have left many of us wondering if they will ever get anything done. Today, …

John Gale on a farm hunting

Spending Time on a Farm Made Me a Conservationist

6/14/2013 // By Carla Brown

Did time on a farm inspire you to care about wildlife and natural places? Check out these farm memories from National Wildlife Federation staff and volunteers, and then share your stories.

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 …

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Sen. Udall Talks Wildlife and Climate with Coloradoans

5/31/2013 // By Guest Author

Updated on Wed., June 5th. On Tuesday, the National Wildlife Federation hosted a Town Hall forum with special guest, Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall. I led the forum for Coloradoans to discuss with Senator Udall Colorado’s great outdoors, outstanding wildlife …

What harm would fracking do to that precious commodity -- beer? Flickr: Mezzoblue

Governor, think of the beer!

5/29/2013 // By Michael Saul

Who isn’t familiar with Coors advertising displaying snowy mountain peaks and touting the purity of  Rocky Mountain water (despite the fact that the massive Coors plant in Golden killed thousands fish in a 2000 spill)? Beer is rightly a point …

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 …

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 …

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