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Western Confluence Magazine

Western Confluence, a bi-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.


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

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

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

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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