The rare Alexander Archipelago wolf is threatened by logging and hunting on Prince of Wales Island. Photo courtesy of Robin Silver.
Ryan, Rebecca and Skyla Means
Yellowstone National Park's roads are closed during the government shutdown.
Kings Canyon National Park blocks access as it, and all the national parks, close during the federal shutdown.
Closure signs at the entrance to Kings Canyon National Park, California. Courtesy NPCA
Closed campground at Bryce National Park, Utah. Courtesy NPCA.
Stewart Udall and Lady Bird Johnson in Grand Teton National Park, 1964.
The outskirts of Lake City, Colorado. Courtesy Flickr user Alex Berger.
San Pedro River
A fireball from an oil train carrying North Dakota crude that killed 47 people when it derailed last July in Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Creative Commons photo by Steve Poulin/Agence QMI and Flickr user Public Herald.
Snowplows tackle tumbleweeds in southeastern Colorado.
Tumbleweeds clog a road fenceline to fenceline all the way to the horizon.
Buffalo in Yellowstone National Park. Photograph from Flickr user, Jerry Burke.
This image from State Farm, the largest insurance company in Colorado and the U.S., shows homeowners in a high-risk fire zone near Possum Kingdom, Texas. State Farm is represented on the Wildfire Partners advisory board.
Lake Mead's white bathtub ring symbolizes drought in the West. But there's been an even greater, invisible draw down of groundwater from beneath the Colorado River Basin in the last nine years. (Photo by Kumar Appaiah, Wikimedia Commons)
Fox Searchlight Pictures poster for the new '12 Years a Slave' film, which has not been shown in Bozeman's multiplex theater, even though it's been in wide release around the country for nearly two months.
Shows how anti-coagulant rodenticide, commonly known as rat poison, can work its way up the food chain. Credit National Park Service. Click for larger image.
Bison grazing near Antelope State Park in Utah. Photograph by Flickr user Matt Peoples.
The rufous hummingbird, one of the bird species most affected by drier conditions in the West
An ochre sea star with starfish wasting syndrome turns to mush. Courtesy Elizabeth Cerny-Chipman/Oregon State University
An Oregon Coast Aquarium diver monitors a healthy sea star near Newport, Oregon. Courtesy Oregon Coast Aquarium/OSU
A new study finds grizzly bears control their insulin levels according to their needs.
Looking up from inside a crevasse in New Zealand's Fox Glacier, courtesy Flickr user Robert Stokes.
An infrared camera picks up methane and volatile organic compounds leaking from a tank. Image courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Hoonah, Alaska. Note clear cut mountains in the background. Credit: Flickr user rkeefer.
Mt. San Miguel continues to burn during 2007 San Diego wildfires. Photograph from Flickr user slworking2.
horse at sunset
1976 sort map
2008 sort map
Rig counts vs. natural gas prices
This map from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service shows the 2012 distribution of the Northern Rockies gray wolf packs.
November 30 storm image
December 3 storm image
Jon Marvel, founder of Western watersheds, looking off into the distance wearing a hat.
Mike Branch, climbing a sand dune in the middle of winter. What a silly person. By Stephanie P Ogburn
Rios to Rivers in Chile. Photo courtesy Katie Hyman.
The Freshwater Institute's salmon in a Washington, D.C-area grocery store this March. By Scott Tsukuda, the Conservation Fund.
Credit: Flickr user caniswolfie
Commercial fishermen and Bristol Bay Native tribes vehemently oppose Pebble Mine, but the state of Alaska has backed the Pebble Partnership in a lawsuit seeking to stop the EPA from stopping the mine. Photo courtesy Flickr user echoforsberg.
Sonoran Desert National Monument
Photo courtesy Flickr user Ava Lowery
danger cliff sign
Natural gas drilling rigs on the Pinedale Anticline in Wyoming
A woman gets a flu shot. Courtesy Flickr user Lance McCord.
Glare from Nevada Solar One, a concentrating solar plant.
Proposition 37, Mandatory Labeling of Genetically Engineered Food, was on the November 6, 2012 ballot in California but it was defeated.
The Navajo Generating Station at sunrise.
Salt Lake City has suffered smog problems since at least the 1970s. 1972 photo from the EPA
The new farm bill won't prevent states from imposing more humane standards on livestock producers. Photo courtesy of Compassion in World Farming.
Baby panda
Fire on the East Fork of the Bitterroot River, Montana
Kids hiking in the Trinity Alps.
A Veterans Affairs hospital in Oregon led the nation in highest number of prescriptions of opiate painkillers per patients last year. Veterans around the country are being prescribed more painkillers now than ever before.
A relatively quiet day (Easter 2014) at one of the Animas River boat put-ins. During the average summer day, this area is filled with rafts, buses, trailers and boaters. Jonathan Thompson photo.
Beetle killed trees in Colorado
Gray wolf in Montana. Courtesy Flickr user funpics47.
Owyhee River
Bumblebee visiting a Phacelia tanacetifolia. COURTESY FLICKR USER ALEXANDRA DULAUNOY.
Baby hummingbirds
A barricade made by timber protesters at Elliott State Forest, Oregon.
The red trees pictured here were killed by mountain pine beetles in Montana's Helena National Forest. Photograph courtesy U.S. Forest Service Northern Region.
Map of roads claimed under RS 2477 in Utah. Courtesy of Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.
Hunters taking their deer back to Denver must stop at check station north of Rifle, where their kill is counted and examined. 1972. Credit: David Hiser.
A dump outside Moab, Utah. The La Sal Mountains, considered a recreational asset, rise in the background, May 1972. Credit: David Hiser.
Homeless in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy Flickr user Kevin McShane.
Heliostats that are part of a Brightsource photovoltaic site in
Colorado National Monument, outside Grand Junction, Colorado, is being considered for national park status. Courtesy Flickr user Scott Ingram.
One of the North Fork Valley's three coal mines. Courtesy Alejandro De La Cruz via Flickr.
A view across Valles Caldera National Preserve. Courtesy of Flickr user Jim Legans Jr.
As moose decline in Montana, this beer could become an anachronism.
The white bathtub ring around Lake Mead shows how much water levels have fallen in recent years. Credit: Chris Richards/Flickr.
New York Times
alaska village girl and dog
A girl in Selawik, Alaska. Courtesy Flickr user Lauritadianita.
Methane capturing equipment at a natural gas well.
Salt Creek in Canyonlands National Park. Photograph by Flickr user Chris M. Morris.
Salton Sea. Courtesy Flickr user C. Strife.
gowanus canal
Gasoline stations abandoned during the fuel crisis in the winter of 1973-74 were sometimes used for other purposes. This station at Potlatch, Washington, was turned into a religious meeting hall. April 1974. Credit: David Falconer.
The remains of a storm at Venice Beach, California. Photograph by flickr user Sean Bonner.
A provision in the farm bill would encourage farmers not to plow up native prairie for crops. Photo courtesy Flickr user Jared Hansen.
Springtime in Magdalena, N.M., which ran out of water last summer. Courtesy Flickr user JClarson
Lander, Wyoming, borders the Wind River Reservation and stands to benefit economically from the recent settlement.
Subtle underground micro-ecosystems formed tallgrass like this.
Mountain bikers on BLM land outside Grand Junction, Colorado, courtesy Flickr user Yann Ropars.
Mule deer in WY