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  • Free range

    The Bureau of Land Management exempts grazing permit renewals and other activities from environmental oversight.

  • Red Mountain miracle

    In southern Colorado, conservation groups find a way to save 9,000 high-altitude acres from second-home development.

  • The great American cat fight

    Environmentalists and Fish and Wildlife battle over the return of the jaguar to Southwestern borderlands.

  • From weapons to wildlife

    A former nuclear weapons plant in Colorado is the latest addition to the nation’s wildlife refuge system.

  • Super rodents build super habitat

    In the Southwest’s Chihuahuan Desert, prairie dogs and kangaroo rats provide food and shelter for a host of other animals.

  • Pipe dreams

    Leaky irrigation ditches in Washington’s Methow Valley have made the desert bloom, at the expense of endangered salmon.

  • Love for the clay-loving buckwheat

    In western Colorado, a coalition has rallied to buy habitat for one of the world’s rarest plants.

  • A dustup over weed control

    The BLM’s plans to spray nearly a million acres with herbicides have some environmentalists fuming, but biologists and land managers welcome the policy.

  • Getting fresh with the West’s groundwater

    A new desalination technology uses the sun and your air conditioner to create fresh water.

  • Turning the tide

    Washington tribes will receive millions to give up shellfish-harvesting treaty rights that they’ve never been able to enjoy.

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