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The once-perennial Gila River ebbs to an uncertain future
The once-perennial Gila River ebbs to an uncertain future
‘We are in uncharted territory.’
The return of the endangered Mexican wolf
The return of the endangered Mexican wolf
A program that places captive-born pups into wild dens is helping North America’s rarest wolf subspecies reclaim its native territory in the Southwest.
A parched West heads into fire season
A parched West heads into fire season
Several types of drought are converging, and all are at or near record levels.
The battle over Point Reyes’ tule elk
The battle over Point Reyes’ tule elk
The needs of the ungulate and cattle supported by California’s Point Reyes National Seashore have different needs and created a years-long conflict.
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.
Second-graders take on Colorado’s wolf reintroduction
Second-graders take on Colorado’s wolf reintroduction
‘Wolves are AMAAAAZING! Because they help the ecosystem and are amazing.’
Under Biden, the BLM backtracks on Hammond grazing permit
Under Biden, the BLM backtracks on Hammond grazing permit
Days before their herd was set to return to public lands near Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, two fire-starting ranchers lose their grazing rights.
Megadrought: New Mexico farms face uncertain future
Megadrought: New Mexico farms face uncertain future
‘If they have an option to not farm, they should consider that option.’
Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new era of Western extraction
Nevada lithium mine kicks off a new era of Western extraction
The hastily approved project went forward without comment from the Fort McDermitt Paiute Shoshone Tribe.
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.
The lessons on storytelling that William Kittredge taught
The lessons on storytelling that William Kittredge taught
The beloved teacher and writer was preoccupied with the particular.
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.
When COVID hit, a Colorado county kicked out second-home owners. They hit back.
When COVID hit, a Colorado county kicked out second-home owners. They hit back.
How a group of nonresident homeowners tried to influence a rural Colorado election.
Colorado ranchers adapt for a changing climate
Colorado ranchers adapt for a changing climate
Regenerative agriculture can help address drought and topsoil degradation.
How an intimate burial can make death human-sized
How an intimate burial can make death human-sized
In burying a stranger, a writer learns that dying can be as small and personal as life.
We need to ‘see’ buffalo before we can restore them
We need to ‘see’ buffalo before we can restore them
Buffalo were originally decimated to starve Indigenous peoples; now, their absence is starving out the land.
Killing the Vegas Pipeline
Killing the Vegas Pipeline
Nevada’s attitude toward water is changing.
Can grazing help Oregon’s largest private nature preserve?
Can grazing help Oregon’s largest private nature preserve?
Scientists and ranchers team up to determine if cattle can preserve biodiversity and support economies on a treasured prairie.
Navajo ranchers are raising premium beef
Navajo ranchers are raising premium beef
Is their success sustainable?
Contested domestic sheep allotment in Colorado retired
Contested domestic sheep allotment in Colorado retired
Rancher J. Paul Brown gives up his permit near the Weminuche Wilderness to protect vulnerable bighorn sheep populations.
Will COVID-19 help save small slaughterhouses?
Will COVID-19 help save small slaughterhouses?
As laborers for the Big Four meatpackers fall ill, small slaughterhouses see unprecedented demand.
‘Men like you weren’t meant to own land’
‘Men like you weren’t meant to own land’
Rural Colorado has a history of discriminatory lending.
Oregon elk vex landowners and game managers
Oregon elk vex landowners and game managers
The herds are wary of recreationalists, unwelcome at the refuge and eating into profits.
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