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Plants that burn fastest in a wildfire
Plants that burn fastest in a wildfire
Lichen burns cool and quick, while spruce burns slow and hot.
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Public-lands visitation and recreation, by the numbers
Fatalities, backcountry trips, ATVs and Denali summit attempts over the years.
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Mapping drought's impact on electricity generation
Natural gas, wind and solar fill some of the hydropower deficit in California.
National Parks visitation statistics, 1904-2012
National Landscape Conservation System map
Researchers track Colorado cougars
Researchers track Colorado cougars
The state’s Parks and Wildlife department is studying how the big cats live in the state’s urbanized Front Range in hopes of helping people coexist with them.
Philip Anschutz’s outsized reach in the West
Philip Anschutz’s outsized reach in the West
The billionaire has stakes in everything from Western art, railroads and petroleum to renewable energy, national parks, stadiums and Justin Bieber.
Agriculture and water use in the San Luis Valley
Agriculture and water use in the San Luis Valley
A map showing subdistrict one and water use in the area over time.
Mine cleanup for dummies: A flowchart
Most Western states are giving less money to higher ed
A sampling of northwestern British Columbian mine sites and endangered rivers
Flood insurance lawsuits against FEMA in Western states
Wildlife of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
Wildlife of the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska
A map showing where wildlife are in the reserve.
The environmentalists' whitebark pine air force
Oceanic calcium carbonate saturation levels
Oceanic calcium carbonate saturation levels
Lower oceanic pH levels make it more difficult for sea creatures to build shells
A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West
A new measure of poverty shifts rankings in the West
When determining who is poor, the Census Bureau takes geography into account in its Supplemental Poverty Measure.
U.S. water use, current and projected
U.S. water use, current and projected
Graphs displaying water use by category.
Property boundaries of Pope Resources and S'Klallam Reservation
Property boundaries of Pope Resources and S'Klallam Reservation
A map delineating property ownership of timber company and tribe.
Resistant weeds through history
Resistant weeds through history
A timeline of genetic modification from the 1950s onward.
Coal production and employment in two regions
Annual share of fossil fuel-fired electric power generation, 1950-2012
Whitewater-Baldy Complex fire
The West's BLM Herd Areas and Herd Management Areas
The West's BLM Herd Areas and Herd Management Areas
Over time, the agency has shrunken areas it manages specifically for wild horses