Wilderness turns 50

During half a century, the Wilderness Act has achieved remarkable results, and is still a critical law for conservation...

Wilderness turns 50

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Wilderness turns 50

During half a century, the Wilderness Act has achieved remarkable results, and is still a critical law for conservation...


Biofuel startups

New ventures blaze the trail to energy independence and clean, renewable fuel sources...


Algae power

New technology could lead to an advanced biofuel from algae with a boost from corn ethanol...


Protecting remote southeastern Oregon

Carved by the Owyhee River and spreading across millions of acres, these rugged Canyonlands now face growing threats to their wild treasures...


Tiny fish are a big deal

At the mouth of the Columbia River, researchers study sardines, anchovies and other small forage fish that sustain a healthy ocean, providing essential food for seabirds, marine mammals and predator f..


Biofuel from cornfield residue

Farmers in Iowa are harvesting corn stover - stalks, leaves, husks and cobs - as biomass for production of cellulosic ethanol...


Uniting to protect a rich watershed in Colorado

A grass-roots collaboration of water officials, hikers, mountain bikers, hunters, fishermen and others initiated the drafting of a bill in Congress to establish protection for the 108,000-acre Hermosa..


New appreciation for central Nevada wilderness

In the dry, harsh landscape between Las Vegas and Reno, most people have seen only wasteland with a few gold and silver mines. More Nevadans now see the sustainable value of these lands as protected w..


Saving precious Sierra water

Melting snow from the Sierras in California generates $400 billion in economic activities, supports four million acres of farmland, and supplies drinking water for more than 23 million people. NRCS ad..


Backyard wilderness in Los Angeles

Unlike most wilderness areas that are remote and hard to access, the San Gabriel Mountains are within easy reach of the L.A. urban sprawl, forming the centerpiece of an imaginative plan for a 600,000-..


Restoring native plants in Utah

High school students in Kanab learn the importance of protecting vanishing native plants and tackling invasive species. Harvesting native seeds, sprouting them in a greenhouse and transplanting them i..


Grass for gas: new frontiers in growing biofuels

In Iowa and Tennessee, researchers and farmers are on the front lines of the biofuel revolution where switchgrass, sourgum and miscanthus are grown specifically as renewable fuel sources..


More wilderness protection proposed for remote mountains in New Mexico

In the southeastern corner of the state, the Brokeoff Mountains are a little-known stretch of rugged canyons and peaks that are still relatively untouched by development..


A new way to save sport fishermen’s bycatch

Off the coast of San Diego, marine biologists test an experimental device for increasing the survival rate of bottom-dwelling fish that are released at the surface as bycatch but are traumatized by ch..


Navajos in Utah want protection for lost ancestral lands

The proposal for a national conservation area would preserve Cedar Mesa and adjacent areas that are filled with some of America’s oldest archaeological treasures that need urgent protection..


"Bioswales" for filtering water runoff

In an Oregon high school, students design and develop strips of land with plants that filter silt, oil and grime out of the runoff from the school\'s parking lot; it\'s hands-on learning about polluti..


Private landowners protect prairie chickens and bog turtles

In Kansas and Delaware, NRCS advisers assist farmers with measures to improve their productivity and protect habitats for threatened wildlife..


National monument would be first for West Virginia

Supporters say the monument would be a job-creating natural asset, protecting the headwaters of six regional waterways – including thousands of acres of wild terrain with some of the best huntin..


Backpacking with llamas in Oregon

Older hikers have an alternative to carrying heavy backpacks: an outfitter providing sturdy, affable llamas loaded with chairs, tables, wine and other luxuries that allow full enjoyment of wilderness ..


Colorado farmers and ranchers win fight against drilling

The federal government shelved plans to auction leases for oil and gas drilling in the North Fork Valley after local residents came out overwhelmingly against it as a threat to their new economy roote..


Rocky Mountain fracking riles Colorado residents

Rich deposits of oil shale in Garfield County yield huge amounts of natural gas and oil for energy companies, but local residents are pushing back against intrusive air and water pollution, noise and ..


Artificial cave fights deadly bat disease

White nose fungus is likely to be the worst wildlife disaster of our time, and researchers in Tennessee hope that a human-built cave can attract enough hibernating bats to slow the spread of the infec..


Yellowstone grizzlies achieve dramatic recovery

While the need for continued listing under the Endangered Species Act is still debated, grizzly bears have multiplied under federal protection since 1975, re-occupying areas where they had been absent..


Trout in the classroom

Students in the Sierras in California help to restore threatened Lahontan cutthroat trout by raising the fish from eggs and releasing them in an approved stream..


Critical aquifer underneath the Great Plains

Farmers and ranchers work with NRCS advisers to find ways to conserve the Ogallala Aquifer, a vast expanse of prehistoric water now threatened by overuse...



Keystone XL: the movie & the movement

A new documentary explores one man's personal challenge to the power of the oil industry and the KXL Pipeline...


Keystone XL: Texas turf war

With TransCanada using eminent domain to seize their land for the Keystone Pipeline route, Texans like Julia Trigg Crawford cry foul...



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