Ranching

Factory farms can lead to industrial-sized problems
Factory farms can lead to industrial-sized problems
A ‘livestock-friendly’ industry has massive problems, from groundwater contamination to greenhouse gas emissions.
Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management
Agricultural interests steer Colorado’s wildlife management
Sheep grazing in the state’s largest wilderness area could endanger a dwindling bighorn sheep herd.
See the influences behind Colorado’s wildlife commission
See the influences behind Colorado’s wildlife commission
A powerful governing board gives agricultural interests the loudest voice.
Ranch Diaries: Getting injured on the job
Ranch Diaries: Getting injured on the job
I went through a lot of Ibuprofen and some serious self-doubt; then I sucked it up and got back on my horse.
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
How a plan to save southeastern Colorado went off the rails
Heritage tourism offered a way out of economic doldrums. Why did it go wrong?
Ranch Diaries: What life’s like as a female rancher
Ranch Diaries: What life’s like as a female rancher
Some ranchers still say women ruin horses and a rancher and his wife can be paid at two-for-the-price-of-one.
Ranch Diaries: Spared from drought, for now, in New Mexico
Ranch Diaries: Spared from drought, for now, in New Mexico
Dry spells take a toll on landscapes and livestock, but are also hard on people.
Where nuns are ranch hands
Where nuns are ranch hands
Colorado’s Abbey of St. Walburga is a spiritual refuge — and a working ranch.
Ranch Diaries: Remote ranching and vet care in the 21st century
Ranch Diaries: Remote ranching and vet care in the 21st century
When crisis hits, help comes in unconventional ways.
Ranch Diaries: Is ranching a form of conservation?
Ranch Diaries: Is ranching a form of conservation?
Our cattle can help restore wildlife habitat, reduce fire fuels and sequester carbon, when used creatively.
Ranch Diaries: One dog can be worth three hands
Ranch Diaries: One dog can be worth three hands
A cowboy and a good canine or two can handle several hundred cattle.
Ranch Diaries: Is it worth it to raise our calves 'naturally'?
Ranch Diaries: Is it worth it to raise our calves 'naturally'?
The logistics of raising natural beef at Triangle P.
The Endangered Species Act’s biggest experiment
The Endangered Species Act’s biggest experiment
Will an unprecedented collaborative effort and lots of tax dollars be enough to finally save sage grouse?
Timeline of the sage grouse saga
Timeline of the sage grouse saga
One step forward, two steps back, starting from 1995.
Ranch Diaries: Selfie culture meets rustic ranch life
Ranch Diaries: Selfie culture meets rustic ranch life
We miss a lot with a device in front of our eyes, a filter between us and the real world.
Finding the quiet West inside
Finding the quiet West inside
A writer remembers a week spent on a cattle ranch, and an unexpected discovery.
Ranch Diaries: How to coexist with wild animals
Ranch Diaries: How to coexist with wild animals
When your livelihood depends on the boundaries you set with the natural world.
Ranch Diaries: How the Triangle P grazes on tribal lands
Ranch Diaries: How the Triangle P grazes on tribal lands
Breaking down private leases and federal permits.
New data released on violent threats to federal employees
New data released on violent threats to federal employees
Documents show 15 incidents in 2014, but don't account for the Cliven Bundy standoff.
Wyoming trespass law is the latest in grazing battle
Wyoming trespass law is the latest in grazing battle
Questions remain over whether the bill prohibits certain data collection on federal land or just private and state.
Counties use a ‘coordination’ clause to fight the feds
Counties use a ‘coordination’ clause to fight the feds
An obscure provision in two environmental laws is the weapon of choice in a bureaucratic Sagebrush Rebellion.
Video: Guardian dogs
Video: Guardian dogs
What the right livestock dogs can mean for the maintenance of large predators, like the wolf, on the landscape.
Wyoming coal, Cliven Bundy and megadrought
Wyoming coal, Cliven Bundy and megadrought
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