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Western Confluence Magazine

Western Confluence, an annual magazine from the Ruckelshaus Institute, provides a forum for natural resource managers, decision makers and stakeholders to share their stories, and engages a wide audience to think critically about how we take care of our natural resources in the West.

Browse the Western Confluence website or navigate to specific issues below.


Road Ecology

Issue 11, fall 2021

Ride for Roadkill: Montana cyclists are helping make the state's roads safer for wildlife and people
By Birch Malotky

Repairing a Fragmented Landscape: Interstate 80 severed wildlife habitats 50 years ago. Can we reconnect them?
By Gregory Nickerson

Ernie's Road: The engineer behind a lonely desert highway
By Claire Giordano

Western Confluence magazine, issue 10, Invasive Species, spring 2020, thumbnail

Invasive Species

Issue 10, spring 2020

Cheatgrass on Fire: The race to save an ecosystem
By Sarah J. Keller

The Four-Footed Watercraft Inspector: Can specially trained dogs keep invasive mussels out of western waterways?
By Maria Anderson

To Kill or Not to Kill?: Managing charismatic ungulates in the Tetons
By Emily Reed

Western Confluence magazine, People on Public Lands, fall 2018

People on Public Lands

Issue 09, fall 2018

Why We Have Federal Lands: The citizens and leaders behind our public land heritage
By Chris Madson

Banking on Trails: Laramie could be the next western town to cash in on public lands recreation
By Kit Freedman

Rebel Yell: Why the Sagebrush Rebellion didn't end with Malheur
By McGreggor Cawley

Western Confluence magazine, Averting Extinction, winter 2018

Averting Extinction

Issue 08, winter 2018

Return of the Grizzly: No longer federally protected, is the great bear ready to strike out on its own?
By Manasseh Franklin

Collaborate or Litigate: Local collaboration faces off against outsider litigation in the long, slow process to help a threatened species
By Courtney Carlson

By Alec Osthoff

Western Confluence magazine, Our Energy Future, winter 2017

Our Energy Future

Issue 07, winter 2017

Carbon Capture: Wyoming Could Lead the World to a Clean Energy Future
By Emilene Ostlind

Turbines on the Horizon: How the Western Grid Could Unlock Wyoming's Wind Energy
By Nicole Korfanta

The Next Frontier: Net-Zero Energy Homes in Wyoming
By Kit Freedman

Western Confluence magazine, Sustaining Working Landscapes, summer 2016

Sustaining Working Landscapes

Issue 06, summer 2016

How Ranchers Make Ends Meet in the Twenty-First Century
By Geoff O'Gara

Carnivores, Not Condos: Ranches Provide Key Wildlife Passages Between Two Protected Ecosystems
By Sarah Jane Keller

Conservation Easements: An Open Spaces Protection Tool Worth Reforming
By Emilene Ostlind

Western Confluence magazine, issue 05, recreation and tourism

Recreation and Tourism

Issue 05, winter 2016

Can a Tourist-Driven Economy Fill the Gap as Energy Revenue Falters?
By Samuel Western

National Parks Respond to Climate Change
By Kristen Pope

The Booming Business of Antler Hunting on Private Lands
By Nicole Korfanta

Western Confluence magazine, issue 04, wildlife habitat

Wildlife Habitat

Issue 04, summer 2015

Two Migrations: The Splash of One Fish Ripples Through an Ecosystem
By Charlie Reinertsen

The Feedgrounds Conundrum: Brucellosis Spreads
By Emilene Ostlind

Bird v. Bird: Sage Grouse and Their Avian Predators
By Sarah Gilman

Western Confluence magazine, issue 03, water


Issue 03, winter 2015

One Irrigator's Waste is Another's Supply
By Ariana Brocious

Supercomputer-Powered Model Improves Water Planning
By Stephanie Paige Ogburn

Aquifer Recharge: Underground Storage Helps Sustain Water Supplies
By Emilene Ostlind

Western Confluence magazine, issue 02, forests


Issue 02, summer 2014

Beetle-Kill Fuels Bioenergy
By Kelly Hatton

The Economics of Protecting Homes in the Wildland-Urban Interface
By Samuel Western

If Beetle-Killed Trees Aren't Using Water, Where Is It Going?
By Liz Nysson

Western Confluence magazine, issue 01, rangelands


Issue 01, winter 2014

Greater Sage Grouse: The Bird that Brought the West Together
By Mike Brennan

Cattle as Ecosystem Engineers
By Justin Derner, Emily Kachergis, and David Augustine

Conservation Grazing: Ranchers Lead the Way
By Emilene Ostlind


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