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Saving the Sagebrush Sea: An Imperiled Western Legacy

Nearly 350 plant and animal species depend on sagebrush habitat for their survival.


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Congressional Committee Plays Jekyll and Hyde on Public Lands

Bentley Johnson, Feb. 5, 2014

Photo by Ann Morgan

Recent votes by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Natural Resources Committee are emblematic of how some members of Congress are whipsawing management of our nation’s federal public lands. The markup of a number of public lands bills saw valuable bipartisanship on bills that would protect a watershed outside of Glacier National Park in Montana and designate thousands of acres of wilderness within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan.

First Flooding, Now an Unnatural Disaster — the Shutdown — Plagues Rocky Mountain National Park

Judith Kohler, Oct. 4, 2013

People in Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, are still reeling from the flooding that pounded northern Colorado in September, destroying  tens of thousands of homes and nearly obliterating the highways leading to the park. Now, the community is dealing with another disaster – this one of the unnatural kind. The government shutdown that has furloughed nearly 1 million federal employees and disrupted services and programs used by millions of Americans has also closed our national parks, wildlife refuges and other public sites.