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The art of prescribed fire

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Rockies Today
The art of prescribed fire
By Mountain West News • Issue #228 • View online

On controlled burns and coexisting with fire
The complicated choreography of one of the best tools to manage large wildfires
Good wildfire news? Evidence from Bootleg Fire supports thinning forests.
‘Fire is medicine’: How Indigenous practices could help curb wildfires
More 'good fires' could help California control future catastrophes
Video: Meet the people burning California to save it
Drought dispatches
As drought in the West worsens, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado faces a dwindling water supply
Congress’ bipartisan infrastructure bill includes $8.3 billion for Western water
NOAA NCEI Climate
July 27: Extreme and exceptional drought contracted in NV, UT, AZ, and NM, but it expanded in CA, WA, OR, ID, and MT. Overall, abnormal dryness along with moderate to exceptional drought continues across most of the western U.S. https://t.co/hs7rCpQMsY #DroughtMonitor #CAwx #NVwx https://t.co/K9IpvReaXE
Utah should pay homeowners to replace grass with xeriscaping, Cox says
‘Climate change has become real’: Extreme weather sinks Lake Powell tourism
As drought slams California and Oregon, Klamath farmers grow fish to quell a water war
Fish pay the price for failed water management
Canada invests $25 million into natural carbon storage in drought-stricken Prairies
Snow can disappear straight into the atmosphere in hot, dry weather
The swarms
National parks are so crowded that Congress is getting involved
Neither fire, smoke, nor searing heat can stop the public land swarms
Cabins in the woods raise conservation concerns
Teton Park studies its multiplying tourists
'Generational impact'
Indigenous-led nonprofit asks to help federal investigation into abuses at Native American boarding schools
Deb Haaland’s reckoning with the theft of Native American children in boarding schools
Search for remains at Colorado's Native American boarding schools to proceed slowly, respectfully
'Starting the truth-telling': Northern Cheyenne woman's search for indigenous children's remains taking on new significance
Unplugged and spewing pollution
Forgotten oil and gas wells linger, leaking toxic chemicals
And more energy news:
Is there enough room on Colorado’s High Plains for both new homes and drilling?
Greens blast 'get out of jail free card' for fed hydro giant
Rail Tie Wind Project completes state permitting process
Idaho battery company to build a plant in Arizona
Tribes seek order banning digging at Nevada lithium mine
Interior gives major coal company a discount on royalties
An oil industry hub in Washington state bans new fossil fuel development
What else we're reading today
Beetles, drought, and fires are a ticking time bomb in the West
How yellowcake shaped the West
Colorado’s unrelenting ozone pollution could mean long-term problems for your health
RV camping to support workforce housing? Council considers solutions to Moab’s critical employee housing shortage
'Reconciliation is getting to know one another': Mary Simon becomes Canada's first Indigenous Governor General
Report details harms to Alberta First Nation for creation of Wood Buffalo National Park
'People's ears are opening': Totem pole carved by Lummi Nation members arrives in D.C. after cross-country journey to call attention to sacred sites
'If you're not careful, you could get stolen': How Native American parents talk to their children about MMIP
Microbes in Yellowstone pools add new branch to the tree of life
Grand Teton civilian mountain goat gunning a go—again
Groups challenge approval of Scapegoat trout kill, restocking plan
In this wolf man, there are enduring echoes of Aldo
The fish question
Wildfires were so hot they cooled the planet
Cutting carbon pollution quickly would save about 74 million lives, study finds
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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