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New Magazine from UW Covers Natural Resource Science and Management in the West

January 14, 2014 — The first issue of Western Confluence magazine, a new publication from the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, is now available.

In two issues a year, Western Confluence will cover innovative and collaborative problem solving for natural resource challenges in the West with an emphasis on new research and creative solutions.

This first issue focuses on sustainable rangelands. Among the highlights, ecologists David Augustine, Justin Derner and Emily Kachergis report on their research about using cattle to engineer rangeland ecosystems to support greater wildlife biodiversity. Jackson attorney Michael Brennan writes a comprehensive report on sage grouse conservation efforts and the far-reaching collaborations among states and agencies to keep the grouse from being listed as an endangered species.

Additionally, Western Confluence editor Emilene Ostlind covers research by ecologist Matthew Kauffman uncovering the mysteries of how wolves are changing ecosystem dynamics in Yellowstone National Park.

For two decades, the Ruckelshaus Institute has supported collaborative, informed management of natural resources in the West by hosting conferences and roundtables, publishing reports and white papers, and facilitating decision-making efforts. Western Confluence furthers that work by proving a forum for natural resource managers, decision makers and stakeholders to share their stories, and by engaging a wider audience to think critically about how to care for the West’s natural resources.

Visit the Western Confluence magazine website,, to browse articles, download a PDF or submit a story for a future issue, donate or be added to the mailing list.

Western Confluence Magazine covers innovative and collaborative problem solving for natural resource challenges in the West. (Ruckleshaus Institute)

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