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  • Protecting wildlife corridors remains more theory than practice

    Protecting wildlife corridors remains more theory than practice

    There's a growing understanding of the scientific importance of wildlife migration corridors, but protecting them is a huge political challenge.

  • Wild lands by any other name

    Wild lands by any other name

    For 18 years, Westerners have been arguing about BLM’s wilderness-worthy land; now, the Obama administration has stepped in.

  • Oil and gas drilling clouds the West's air

    Air pollution from oil and gas drilling is on the increase in the Rocky Mountain West, and environmentalists and energy companies are trying to prevent it from getting any worse

  • BLM experiments with camouflage to hide renewable power structures

    BLM experiments with camouflage to hide renewable power structures

    The Bureau of Land Management is working with landscape architects and camouflage experts to better disguise renewable energy infrastructure on public lands.

  • Busted in Rio Blanco

    Busted in Rio Blanco

    Rio Blanco County, Colo., which was just recently buzzing with oil and gas development, now faces an unexpected slowdown as the national economy tanks.

  • Nothing out there can be a very good thing

    Julianne Couch surveys the vastness of Wyoming’s Adobe Town badlands and hopes that oil and gas drilling does not invade its beautiful emptiness.

  • Boom! Boom!

    An energy boom of unprecedented proportions is transforming western Colorado towns like Rifle, which just recently recovered from the last big energy boom – and a catastrophic bust.

  • Power of the picture

    Power of the picture

    High Country News photographer Morgan Heim joins the International League of Conservation Photographers to document the gasfields and the wildlands around Pinedale, Wyo.

  • EPA hearings can be so, like, high school

    EPA hearings can be so, like, high school

    At an EPA hearing on oil and gas drilling, the so-called professionals scoffed and snickered at the testimony of local families.

  • Energy succeeds where housing developers can't

    Energy succeeds where housing developers can't

    As the West's housing boom fades, natural resource extraction surges, and a defunct housing development on the east side of Colorado Springs, Colo., may soon face drilling by Ultra Petroleum.

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