Merriam-Webster defines resource as:
a: a source of supply or support : an available means—usually used in plural.
b: a natural source of wealth or revenue—often used in plural.
c: a natural feature or phenomenon that enhances the quality of human life.
d: computable wealth —usually used in plural.
e: a source of information or expertise.
In a discussion of land management, the first four apply.
For the purposes of this page, all five apply.
Here you will find a listing of our various natural resources: fisheries, forests, livestock, predators, rangelands, water management, waterfowl and wildlife (game and non-game).
These broad categories provide the organizational framework for additional information—a resource—about ongoing issues involving each. Taken from popular media, scientific journals and a myriad of other sources the information herein illustrates how singularly focused quick fixes are being applied to complicated natural systems across the country.
Arguably intentions are good. Generally the results are not.
We offer these articles, as well as some success stories, to prompt discussion and thought that moves our natural resource management efforts away from the status quo. In recent years, traditional land management efforts have sat on opposite ends of the spectrum, ranging from unsustainable chemical inputs, intensive industrialization and an unwavering devotion to eradication to benign neglect in the name of preservation.
Ironically, in the 21st century we need to return to the basics of past centuries. We should focus our attention on the big picture, which in nature is nuanced, and begin to work with her forces instead of against them. In Holistic Management, our decision-making framework of choice, the goal is balance through biodiversity.
Let the discussions—and the progress begin.
The objective of biodiversity conservation is to maintain viable native animal and plant populations of all kind.
The complex issue of biodiversity encompasses virtually all plants and animals at genetic, species, community, and landscape scales. We provide resources and our working insights on the topic across the following areas.
Fisheries, both freshwater and saltwater, serve as the proverbial canaries in the coal mine when it comes to water quality.
Native forests are as diverse as native rangelands or any other healthy ecosystem. Like rangelands, forests produce oxygen, sequester carbon, provide wildlife habitat and play a role in the water cycle.
Waterfowl reflect the conditions of the land and the water across the North American continent. As they migrate from north to south and back again, they, depending on species, rely on a wide range of environments.
Using Wolves as First Responders Against a Deadly Brain Disease
For more than 150-years, agencies and the public waged a relentless war on predators of every size and species across North America. As the article below indicates, this mentality is slowly changing. (Those elk hunters […]
The Bosque Del Oso State Wildlife Area contains 30,000 acres of prime elk winter range. It holds some of the biggest bull elk in Colorado. The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Colorado Parks and Wildlife and […]
Trumpeter Swan Cygnets Released at Yellowstone to Boost Population
“The trumpeter swan (Cygnus buccinator) is a species of swan found in North America. The heaviest living bird native to North America, it is also the largest existing species of waterfowl, with a wingspan of […]
Burned, Beetle-ravaged Wyoming Forest Expected to Flourish
As demonstrated across the West, refusing to “manage” forests is a powerful management practice. While the practice of keeping human hands off of forest resources may be well-intentioned, it is detrimental and destructive. The “hands […]
Building Waterfowl Habitat on the Snake River in Idaho
Fort Boise Wildlife Management Area in Southwest Idaho provides an important stop over for resident and migrating ducks and geese. Habitat biologists strive to create the perfect mix of open water, cover and food. […]
The Elwha Dams Are Gone and Chinook Are Surging Back, But Why Are So Few Reaching the Upper River?
“As reported below, King Salmon recovery on the Elwha River is going slowly. It will require that wild sea-run fish find their way back into the river, spawn, and then after several years, return to […]
Brucellosis Outbreak in China Worsening as Disease Spreads to Farms
The many sincere and well-intentioned “defenders of wildlife” who oppose treating the brucellosis that infects Yellowstone Park’s elk and bison should read the article below. The current Covid pandemic demonstrates once again that animal […]
What is described in the article below is how competing priorities are paralyzing common sense ways to address the forest decline that everyone wishes to halt. Declining forest health and catastrophic wildfires are symptoms […]
Tasmanian Devils Return to Mainland Australia for First Time in 3000 Years
Here is an interesting article about how on the Australian mainland, Australian wildlife managers are reintroducing an animal wiped out thousands of years ago by human impact. Reintroducing a native animal thousands of years […]
“For animals in Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park, the normal balance of competition and predation was upended when a war wiped out the top predators. The remaining animals didn’t simply grow in numbers—they began behaving in […]
Due to well-intentioned “hands off” forest management practices – often intended to help wildlife – our national forests are accumulating highly flammable understory material faster than nature can cycle it away. The well-meaning prescription […]
Idaho Fish and Game cameras capture wildlife in Idaho’s Purcell Mountains. This remote and rugged range extends north into British Columbia where its upper reaches offer some of the continent’s most famous mountaineering and powder […]
Painting Eyes On The Butts Of Cattle Surprisingly Effective At Scaring Off Would-Be Predators
Here is another example of low-tech, non-lethal ways to protect cattle from predators. NOTE: this article was originally published to IFLScience’s Apple News Channel on August 7, 2020. It was written by Katy […]