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Buttes surrounding Whitehorse Creek Basin on BLM-managed lands in southwestern Wyoming rise as much as 650 feet above the basin floor. (Leslie Duncan)

ROCK SPRINGS, Wyo. – Low-impact recreation on Wyoming public lands - such as camping, hiking, hunting and fishing - is a significant economic driver in surrounding communities. That's according to a new study by the independent firm ECONorthwest. Report author Kristin Lee says in 2015, publi

Mule deer herds have declined by 40 percent around the heavily developed gas fields near Pinedale. (Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- With hunting season just around the corner, the sportswomen's group Artemis is making the case that keeping habitat viable for the greater sage grouse also will be good for mule deer populations. The group's new report, "Living on Common Ground," co-produced with the National Wil

One in five hunters is a woman, as is one in four of the nation's anglers, but they're rarely leaders of sporting conservation campaigns. (Courtesy of Jessi Johnson)

LANDER, Wyo. – Artemis, a new sportswomen's coalition, was officially launched Wednesday. Founded by women from six Western states, Artemis aims to defend public lands and waters and iconic species, and to develop female leaders in wildlife and land-management fields. Jessi Johnson, the gro

Clearing federal permitting hurdles is a big challenge for delivering Wyoming's renewable energy to markets across state lines. (Getty Images)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming is again at a crossroads when it comes to helping the nation meet its energy needs, according to an investigative report by the Casper Star Tribune. Reporter Heather Richards, who interviewed state and industry leaders along with academic experts, found demand for Wy

On Wednesday, U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke lifted a moratorium on new coal leases, but only 38 percent of Trump voters think coal should be a priority. (Gage_Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- President Donald Trump's energy policies, promising a new era of job creation by shoring up fossil fuels, could put the brakes on renewable energy - the energy sector's largest job creator. Connie Wilbert, president of the Sierra Club's Wyoming chapter, points to new analysis of

The U.S. Senate could vote to reverse BLM methane-waste standards for drilling on public lands as early as next week. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – A recent Ozone Action Day warning by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality is among the reasons conservative groups are standing up for new Bureau of Land Management standards aimed at limiting natural gas waste on public lands. The rule directing the oil and gas i

A study shows that half the world's drinking water, supplied by mountaintops, is threatened by climate change. (Pixabay)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. – As Congress moves to take the brakes off clean-water and climate-pollution protections, a new study published in the journal Nature shows water from the Rocky Mountains - and mountains around the globe - are threatened by climate change. Nathan Sanders, an ecologist at the U

New rules limiting methane waste on public and tribal lands will go into effect, but the future of the BLM regulations is far from certain. (Rawi_earth/iStockphoto)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — New Bureau of Land Management rules limiting natural-gas waste on federal and tribal lands will go into effect after a federal judge in Wyoming blocked efforts by industry groups to stop the measure on Monday. Lisa McGee, program director at the Wyoming Outdoor Council, call

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