Congress is considering a bill that paves the way for the largest dam removal in U.S. history,knocking out four dams near the Klamath River Basin, opening up 420 miles of habitat and restoring salmon runs by an estimated 80 percent.
— The great gun-rights divide: A liberal gun owner finds ‘gun nuts’ on both sides of the debate. http://hcne.ws/1kkuKHl
Three men are presumed dead in Colorado’s giant mudslide near Collbran. Warm temperatures and rapid snowmelt could cause a secondary slide, putting oil and gas wells in the path of a sea of mud and debris some 250 feet deep. How much should the risk of natural disaster be factored into energy planning? (Getty photo) http://hcne.ws/1tQewIL
The Colorado River meets its delta for the first time in 20 years. One of our writers on the range Gary Wockner opines on the long-lost lovers.
Satellite image courtesy NASA.
President Obama’s record on public lands protection has been spotty, but he just named a new U.S. monument: the Organ Mountains, a rugged, spectacular range overlooking Las Cruces in southern New Mexico. Of course, this designation is more about politics than cacti.
"The story of OR7 … has so far been remarkably hopeful — a testament to the resilience of wolves, to their skill at surviving in human dominated landscapes, and to their ability to recolonize old habitat."
"I believe that the whole sorry Bundy episode has given us an opportunity to renew our commitment to conservation. We can do that by calling on President Obama to take action to protect more of the special places on our public lands." — Bruce Babbitt, former Interior Department secretary
Should the humpback whale stay on the endangered species list? http://hcne.ws/1s7Xe74
Will our ‘dam nation’ free its rivers? A striking new film explores the growing movement to remove dams that have outlived their usefulness: http://hcne.ws/1ijIWPw
The biggest wildlife crossing you’ve never heard of: Nestled in the Cascade Mountains of central Washington, winding along a 15-mile stretch of interstate. The I-90 Snoqualmie Pass East Project, now under construction, aims to make that area less dangerous for humans and for wildlife. http://hcne.ws/1lIOMv2