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Energy companies speculate on a geothermal future for the American West; scientists map the Coast Redwood’s genome for conservation clues; lettuce emerges as an unlikely hero; and other highlights of environmental news from around the West this week.
Private landowners block access to public lands as class divide grows in the American West; salmon conservationists spar with wineries over the fate of a California river; technologists join forces with conservationists to protect Utah public lands, and other highlights of environmental news from around the West this week.
Jan 29 2018 | ... & the West Blog
The power gained by harnessing the Columbia River paved the way for industrial development and widespread farmland irrigation. But what if, instead of public utilities, that power had been sold by private firms seeking profits?
Yellowstone bison escape their containment pens in an apparent criminal act; uranium miners target reduced Bears Ears Monument for industry resurgence; scientists link rodenticide used on California marijuana farms to the deaths of an endangered owl species, and other highlights of environmental news from around the West this week.
Jan 22 2018 | ... & the West Blog
The plans were intended to manage resource conflicts on public lands that border national parks and monuments, contain popular hunting and fishing grounds, or shelter cultural artifacts. The Trump administration has moved quickly to set the program aside.
Rainwater harvesting in Tucson, a challenge to Oakland’s coal ban at its port facility, a shrinking Colorado snowpack, and other highlights of environmental news from around the West this week.
A Navajo voting rights win in Utah, greener cattle, litigation over endangered frogs and fossil fuels, and other highlights of environmental news from around the West this week.

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