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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 >

Bull Elk

The Tongue River Railroad Tries Again: The Little Engine That Couldn’t, Part 1

11/8/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

For my entire life, the Tongue River Railroad Company has been trying – and failing – to build a single purpose rail line to haul coal along the scenic Tongue River in southeastern Montana. Earlier this year, their permit to […] Read more >

Hands-On Habitat Volunteers – A Key to the Future of the Environmental Movement

10/22/2012 // By John Kostyack

The near absence of any discussion of the environment in the presidential debates has led me to think about the state of the U.S. environmental movement. In one sense, conservationists in the U.S. should be proud of all that we […] Read more >

Damaged riparian zone at Oberlin College. Image credit Noah Schwarz

EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

9/19/2012 // By Sara Gassman

Today’s forecast: 62 degrees with an 85% chance of showers. Put on your raincoat and start singing… Rain, rain, go away. Come again another day… Look at all the puddles forming, and the water rushing down the street to the […] Read more >

Bursting heart in early fall

Photo of the Day: Hearts-A-Burstin’

9/6/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

Also known as the “American strawberry bush”, “hearts-a-burstin’” and “bursting heart”, Euonymus americanus is a deciduous shrub that gets its common names from the bright red fruit that split open in the fall to reveal orange seeds. Bursting heart is […] Read more >

Close-up of yellow and red tulip

Captivated by a Landscape: Four Special or Ordinary Places to Take Your Breath Away

6/21/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

Spectacular rainforests are closer to home than you might think. The entire North American coastline from southern Alaska to central California is home to some of the last intact coastal temperate rainforests in the world. It is a stunning landscape, […] Read more >

South Korea Broadens International Green Campus Movement

6/8/2012 // By Julian Keniry

In just three years, South Korea’s Gyeonggi-do Association for Green Campus Initiative (GAGCI), has become one of the world’s hubs for advancing international higher education for sustainability. The association held its third global green campus forum on May 24-25, 2012 […] Read more >

Old MacDonald Had a … Garden? 5 Tips to Make Your Vegetable Garden Wildlife-Friendly

4/6/2012 // By Mary Quattlebaum

Yes—Old MacDonald did have a garden!  Jo MacDonald, the granddaughter of the old gent in the popular children’s song, introduces kids to garden creatures in my new children’s book Jo MacDonald Had a Garden. And if he’s an eco-friendly kind of […] Read more >

Beetle and poppy in the Merced River Canyon near Yosemite (photo by Beth Pratt)

Among the Wildflowers: California’s Spring Poppy Bloom

4/5/2012 // By Beth Pratt-Bergstrom

“I care to live only to entice people to look at nature’s loveliness,” said John Muir, and it’s a motto I live by both personally and professionally. As such, I am delighted to take part in the new storytelling video diary […] Read more >

Wildflowers in Glacier National Park, Montana

Photo of the Day: Wildflowers in Glacier National Park

4/2/2012 // By Rachel Stemen

Explore the Outdoors! Enter a city, state or zip code to search for parks, campgrounds, and other wild places with NatureFind. This Photo of the Day was donated by a participant in the annual National Wildlife Photo Contest. See more […] Read more >