— From High Country News: http://hcne.ws/1nBZ94T
The death of backpacking: Are younger people losing interest in this outdoors tradition? http://hcne.ws/1ld9z6M
A Peruvian sheepherder in the Colorado Rockies: Photographs and recordings. http://hcne.ws/1sz84HY
Rufous hummingbird populations are declining at a rate of 3 percent per year. The decline could be climate change-driven, but it’s not likely to be because of temperature increases. Find out more: http://hcne.ws/1oZ29Z4
Lake Mead watch: The reservoir is now at its lowest levels since 1937. “The trouble is, the agreed-upon allocations stem from a wetter-than-average period and forecasts made nearly a century ago.”
Is the highest quality of U.S. life in Los Alamos, New Mexico?
“PhDs cluster in such high numbers that anyone with a master’s can feel like a second-class citizen. Sixty-three percent of residents have a college education (the national average is 28 percent), unemployment is 3.5 percent (the national average is 6.3 percent), and folks there can expect to live a few years longer than elsewhere in the country.” http://hcne.ws/1lTofvU
The San Joaquin, California’s second-largest river, was once home to a vibrant salmon run, but over-allocation, drought and outdated management now leave it bone dry for 100 miles. John Sutter is on a mission to change that — starting by kayaking the whole thing. Even where there’s no water. http://hcne.ws/kayak-san-joaquin
Last year Mora became the first county in the nation to permanently ban oil and gas development.
John Olívas led the charge for Mora county in New Mexico to become the first in the U.S. to permanently ban corporations from fracking or otherwise developing oil and gas within its borders.
High Country News: http://hcne.ws/1qq1T7U
The Forest Service now spends 40 percent of its budget on firefighting, compared to just 15 percent in the early 90s. This year, it expects to spend about $1.5 billion on suppression, and will probably overrun the fire budget by close to $500 million, according to a May report from Dept. of Interior. Here are the other programs that will see funding cuts as a result: http://hcne.ws/1pCHZE7