Endangered Species

A Colorado county provides a model for saving the West’s open spaces
A Colorado county provides a model for saving the West’s open spaces
A sales-tax funded program pays ranchers and farmers to not develop their land or sell their water rights.
Threatened species and how we might save them
Threatened species and how we might save them
Michelle Nijhuis details history’s successes as a road map for today’s conservationists in her new book ‘Beloved Beasts.’
New Mexico judge revokes protected lands for jaguars
New Mexico judge revokes protected lands for jaguars
Conservation groups vow to fight the ruling to help the cats reclaim their historic habitat.
Idaho Congressman proposes bold dam removal project on Snake River
Idaho Congressman proposes bold dam removal project on Snake River
The $33.5 billion plan seeks to restore salmon while funding new energy projects and compensating farmers.
Biden halted border wall construction. Now what?
Biden halted border wall construction. Now what?
Environmental and human rights advocates hope to steer the administration toward a new vision at the border.
Diverted, drained and dwindling: What’s the fate of New Mexico’s Rio Grande?
Diverted, drained and dwindling: What’s the fate of New Mexico’s Rio Grande?
Century-old water rights and climate change means the river may never flow through many communities year-round again.
The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences
The Washington, D.C., siege has Western roots and consequences
History and the growing power of right-wing extremism point to a volatile future for the West during the Biden presidency.
Trump’s impact on Indian Country over four years
Trump’s impact on Indian Country over four years
From legal decisions to on-the-ground policies, Indigenous lawyers describe the administration’s tactics as an “onslaught” removing federal protections of land and wildlife.
A little fish that’s mighty as a mountain
A little fish that’s mighty as a mountain
Pupfish Peak in Nevada’s Amargosa Valley is named for the endangered Devils Hole pupfish.
Endangered martens are living on the edge in Oregon
Endangered martens are living on the edge in Oregon
A surprisingly dense and isolated population of Humboldt martens challenges assumptions about the species.
How the Biden administration can reverse Trump’s environmental policies
How the Biden administration can reverse Trump’s environmental policies
And what actions the President-elect should prioritize.
Montana’s new governor scares conservationists
Montana’s new governor scares conservationists
Republican Greg Gianforte has a history of support for rolling back protections for public lands and waters.
In Arizona, building a wall — and destroying a canyon
In Arizona, building a wall — and destroying a canyon
In a mountain range too steep to cross, DHS is spending millions of dollars on five miles of border wall.
Wolverines denied endangered species protections
Wolverines denied endangered species protections
USFWS: ‘If wolverines need snow, we think that there’s going to be enough snow out there for them.’
Endangered pygmy rabbit population halved by fast-moving fire
Rare Nevada wildflower diminished by 40% in one weekend
Rare Nevada wildflower diminished by 40% in one weekend
The remaining Tiehm’s buckwheat inhabits less than 20 acres near a proposed mine for lithium and boron.
Sage grouse face a new threat: Kanye West
Sage grouse face a new threat: Kanye West
The famous artist’s Wyoming ranch highlights a conservation battle surrounding the important indicator species.
A wildlife refuge under siege at the border
A wildlife refuge under siege at the border
New emails detail drained ponds, salvaged fish and a tense relationship with the Department of Homeland Security.
Yellowstone grizzlies keep endangered species protections
Yellowstone grizzlies keep endangered species protections
A court ruling disallows sport hunting the bears in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.
The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water
The only catfish native to the Western U.S. is running out of water
The Yaqui catfish was going extinct. Then came the border wall.
Groups sue over acting BLM director’s appointment
Groups sue over acting BLM director’s appointment
William Perry Pendley has long opposed public lands and wildlife protections but is tasked with overseeing them.
How the pandemic will set back environmental science
How the pandemic will set back environmental science
Across the Western U.S., researchers are worried about unmonitored threatened species.
A captive orca and a chance for our redemption
A captive orca and a chance for our redemption
Tokitae has spent nearly 50 years in captivity. It’s time she returned home.
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