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'Failing' rangelands
By Mountain West News • Issue #282 • View online

Data details vast degradation of BLM lands
There are millions of acres of ‘failing’ rangelands, data shows
Watchdog reports 54M acres of BLM rangeland fails health standards
Story map: Agency field data paints bleak picture of Western lands
The new mining boom
As the U.S. rushes after the minerals for the energy transition, a 150-year-old law allows mining companies free reign on public lands
Scrappy watchdogs gear up for a new mining boom with court victories
Federal judge rejects Nevada tribe's attempt to join lithium mine suit
Sen. Ron Wyden pitches bill to boost U.S. production of lithium and other minerals
How a handful of metals could determine the future of the electric car industry
Letters from Yellowstone
The view from a snowmobile shows a warming winter in Yellowstone
'Long and winding road': 120 years of restoration for Yellowstone bison
Let's not squander the miracle of Yellowstone
How much is enough?
Half empty
Colorado isn’t getting enough snow to fully recover drought stricken rivers and reservoirs
There’s not much room for optimism with Utah water supplies. Why?
'Make or break month'—Idaho's snowpack and water supply depend on March rains
Water managers discuss ramp down for lake that likely won't fill
Dust from the Great Salt Lake is causing early snowmelt. Here’s what we can do about it.
Cash for grass: New law would save water for Colorado by paying homeowners to tear up their lawns
Changing snowfall makes it harder to fight fire with fire
The longest drought
Mountain migration
Tax data says California and Washington were the top origin states for new Montana residents in 2020
Airbnb regs may impact housing markets. But what about housing local workers?
Colorado's mountain communities grapple with shortages as wealthier neighbors move-in
Realtors to conservatives living in liberal areas: Try Idaho
Ada, Canyon hit new home price records. Interest rates rising, too, denting affordability
Ketchum proposes increasing tourism taxes for housing
Can Colorado keep mobile homes affordable?
Sovereignty and stewardship
Congress meets with Native leaders to discuss co-management of federal lands
Tribes push to co-manage public lands in historic hearing
This rancher believes her land was stolen from Native Americans. She’s making amends
Perspective: Wilderness is stolen land
Over a barrel
Drilling permits spiked then plunged under Biden
Drill baby drill? Colorado oil producers have nearly 3,000 approved permits
Wyoming reports strongest oil and gas lease sale since pandemic's arrival
Study finds flaring can impact the health of people 60 miles away
Learning from wildlife
Slain Yellowstone-area cougar taught us a thing or two
Caught killing sheep in Utah, a wolverine is now the first roaming the state wearing a GPS collar
Wolves as teachers
Wyoming bear relocation report reveals grizzly details
What else we're reading today
660 U.S. place names include a slur for Native women. Change is coming.
Opinion: Offensive place names and the climate crisis are symptoms of the same problem
'Pretty brutal': Hiring woes plague Biden effort to contain wildfires
America’s busiest search-and-rescue system at risk of collapse, study finds
Colorado parks are full and getting fuller. How will the state decide who gets in, and who gets hurt?
Vail Resorts promises $175 million more for employees, bumps starting pay to $20 an hour
Boise National Forest accepts Tamarack Resort expansion plan
Adams County OKs almost 90 homes at the base of Brundage Resort
Colorado rejects Xcel Energy’s attempt to extend the life of Pueblo’s coal plant by 12 more years
Solar boom casts shadow on Death Valley National Park
New Mexico wind project creating the ‘Route 66 of renewable energy’
Pueblo’s steel mill is an American success story. And it’s owned by Russians.
Judge axes Trump-era lease sales to protect sage grouse
Corner-cross landowner gave millions to conservatives, conservation
Gianforte to Interior Dept.—Montana not interested in 30 by 30 initiative
Author and grizzly expert Doug Peacock talks bears, climate change and a life well-lived in the wilderness
Idaho officials look to delist the grizzly
Tree planting is booming. Here’s how that could help, or harm, the planet.
Rockies Today is edited by Matthew Frank, fellow in regional journalism at the O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana.
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