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A well-designed fence can help to prevent conflicts with carnivores, but with so many options for material, placement and logistics, researchers can struggle to identify what strategies have the best chance for success. They turned to ranchers for help.
On the Fence: New Research Taps Rancher Expertise on Living With Carnivores

On the Fence: New Research Taps Rancher Expertise on Living With Carnivores

A well-designed fence can help to prevent conflicts with carnivores, but with so many options for material, placement and logistics, researchers can struggle to identify what strategies have the best chance for success. They turned to ranchers for help.

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A recent evaluation of the massive aspen stand in south-central Utah found that Pando seems to be taking three disparate ecological paths based on how the different segments are managed.
Pando in Pieces: Understanding the New Breach in the World's Largest Living Thing

Pando in Pieces: Understanding the New Breach in the World's Largest Living Thing

A recent evaluation of the massive aspen stand in south-central Utah found that Pando seems to be taking three disparate ecological paths based on how the different segments are managed.

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“I’ve never seen a surge in available forestry jobs like the one we are seeing right now,” said Karen Mock, department head in Wildland Resources in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.
Wood Work: Surge in U.S. Forestry Positions Creates Career Opportunities

Wood Work: Surge in U.S. Forestry Positions Creates Career Opportunities

“I’ve never seen a surge in available forestry jobs like the one we are seeing right now,” said Karen Mock, department head in Wildland Resources in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.

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A diverse group of managers, scientists, consultants, and wetland enthusiasts came together for a boots-in-the-field discussion about how to turn ground back to native wetland plants.
USU Scientists Share Successes in Great Salt Lake Wetlands Replacing Phragmites With Native Plants

USU Scientists Share Successes in Great Salt Lake Wetlands Replacing Phragmites With Native Plants

A diverse group of managers, scientists, consultants, and wetland enthusiasts came together for a boots-in-the-field discussion about how to turn ground back to native wetland plants.

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A growing number of land managers and ranchers are noting the perks of having a beaver-in-residence, and are inviting the animals to find a home on their property — with the help of the team at the Beaver Ecology and Relocation Center.
USU Center Relocates Beaver as Land Managers See Benefits of Rodents' Residence

USU Center Relocates Beaver as Land Managers See Benefits of Rodents' Residence

A growing number of land managers and ranchers are noting the perks of having a beaver-in-residence, and are inviting the animals to find a home on their property — with the help of the team at the Beaver Ecology and Relocation Center.

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Students at USU Uintah Basin have the chance to participate in hands-on paid internship experiences as wildlife technicians in the region. The Prairie Dog Crew interns work to survey for active and inactive prairie dog burrows to estimate populations in a
USU Uintah Basin Students Help Gather Data for Reintroduction of Black-Footed Ferrets

USU Uintah Basin Students Help Gather Data for Reintroduction of Black-Footed Ferrets

Students at USU Uintah Basin have the chance to participate in hands-on paid internship experiences as wildlife technicians in the region. The Prairie Dog Crew interns work to survey for active and inactive prairie dog burrows to estimate populations in a...

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For more than two decades trends for above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall have ruled the West.
Facing Down Drought in the West

Facing Down Drought in the West

For more than two decades trends for above-normal temperatures and below-normal rainfall have ruled the West.

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This summer the team included undergraduate students from the Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) who had the chance to get on-the-ground experience through a cooperative paid internship program with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.
Hands-On Summer: Student Crew Cruises Forests in the Heber-Kamas District

Hands-On Summer: Student Crew Cruises Forests in the Heber-Kamas District

This summer the team included undergraduate students from the Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) who had the chance to get on-the-ground experience through a cooperative paid internship program with the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest.

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Linda Nagel took the helm as dean of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources this month, launching her new leadership role at Utah State University.
Linda Nagel Excited in New Role as Dean of Quinney College of Natural Resources

Linda Nagel Excited in New Role as Dean of Quinney College of Natural Resources

Linda Nagel took the helm as dean of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources this month, launching her new leadership role at Utah State University.

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Research tracking the flight habits of American white pelicans could make it safer for aircraft to take to the skies.
Flying the Friendly Skies: Working to Reduce Bird-Airplane Collisions

Flying the Friendly Skies: Working to Reduce Bird-Airplane Collisions

Research tracking the flight habits of American white pelicans could make it safer for aircraft to take to the skies.

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Students at USU Uintah Basin have the chance to participate in hands-on paid internship experiences as wildlife technicians studying wildlife ecology in the region.
USU Uintah Basin Students Help Monitor Northern Goshawk Populations in the Ashley National Forest

USU Uintah Basin Students Help Monitor Northern Goshawk Populations in the Ashley National Forest

Students at USU Uintah Basin have the chance to participate in hands-on paid internship experiences as wildlife technicians studying wildlife ecology in the region.

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In a study published in 2020, Janice Brahney, Utah State University associate professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences, made a startling discovery: microplastic particles are widespread in the Earth’s atmosphere.
USU Professor Studying How Plastic Moves Its Way Through Bear River System

USU Professor Studying How Plastic Moves Its Way Through Bear River System

In a study published in 2020, Janice Brahney, Utah State University associate professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences, made a startling discovery: microplastic particles are widespread in the Earth’s atmosphere.

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A tree is sometimes more than just a tree. In 2018 Rogers and a colleague tracked dead and live trees, stem regrowth, shrub cover—and mule deer feces. The strongest indicator of forest health was regeneration, and the presence of deer corresponded with po
Paul Rogers shares Pando expertise in National Geographic

Paul Rogers shares Pando expertise in National Geographic

A tree is sometimes more than just a tree. In 2018 Rogers and a colleague tracked dead and live trees, stem regrowth, shrub cover—and mule deer feces. The strongest indicator of forest health was regeneration, and the presence of deer corresponded with po...

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The 2021 Annual Report for the U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.
2021 USGS, Utah Cooperative Unit Annual Report

2021 USGS, Utah Cooperative Unit Annual Report

The 2021 Annual Report for the U.S. Geological Survey, Utah Cooperative Fish & Wildlife Research Unit.

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Linda Nagel will be joining Utah State University as dean of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources in August.
USU Names Linda Nagel as Dean for Quinney College of Natural Resources

USU Names Linda Nagel as Dean for Quinney College of Natural Resources

Linda Nagel will be joining Utah State University as dean of the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources in August.

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Lake Aculeo, located in Chile, can serve as a cautionary tale, according to Will Munger, a Ph.D. student in ENVS.
Deseret News: Why a dry Chilean lagoon matters to the future of the Great Salt Lake

Deseret News: Why a dry Chilean lagoon matters to the future of the Great Salt Lake

Lake Aculeo, located in Chile, can serve as a cautionary tale, according to Will Munger, a Ph.D. student in ENVS.

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A team of graduate students at USU are working to measure airborne dust as water levels recede at the Great Salt Lake, monitoring what could be the start of an ecological disaster.
Another One Bites the Dust: Measuring Dust Pollution From the Shrinking Great Salt Lake

Another One Bites the Dust: Measuring Dust Pollution From the Shrinking Great Salt Lake

A team of graduate students at USU are working to measure airborne dust as water levels recede at the Great Salt Lake, monitoring what could be the start of an ecological disaster.

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Utah's title of "greatest snow" is at risk due to climate change. Listen to Jordan Smith and Patrick Belmont discuss this issue on UPR's UnDisciplined.
UPR's UnDisciplined: what will happen to Utah's 'greatest snow' when there's no more snow?

UPR's UnDisciplined: what will happen to Utah's 'greatest snow' when there's no more snow?

Utah's title of "greatest snow" is at risk due to climate change. Listen to Jordan Smith and Patrick Belmont discuss this issue on UPR's UnDisciplined.

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A full-slate of events kept students and staff fully engaged during Natural Resources Week 2022. Come check out the photos of the fun!
Photos from NR Week 2022!

Photos from NR Week 2022!

A full-slate of events kept students and staff fully engaged during Natural Resources Week 2022. Come check out the photos of the fun!

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Emily Bonebrake (WILD) took home the award for the Best Undergraduate Presentation during the most recent college sponsored Rapid Fire Research. Check out the video about the event.
Rapid Fire Research: Emily Bonebrake Won Best Undergraduate Presentation

Rapid Fire Research: Emily Bonebrake Won Best Undergraduate Presentation

Emily Bonebrake (WILD) took home the award for the Best Undergraduate Presentation during the most recent college sponsored Rapid Fire Research. Check out the video about the event.

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Cristina Chirvasa is one of three USU Goldwater Scholars in 2022, one of the nation's top recognitions for undergraduate STEM scholars.
QCNR Undergrad Researcher Cristina Chirvasa Named Goldwater Scholar

QCNR Undergrad Researcher Cristina Chirvasa Named Goldwater Scholar

Cristina Chirvasa is one of three USU Goldwater Scholars in 2022, one of the nation's top recognitions for undergraduate STEM scholars.

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Although savannas already hold substantial belowground carbon, new research found that increasing tree cover through fire suppression captures much less carbon than projected.
Study: Adding Tree Cover on Savannas Has Only Limited Benefits Toward Fixing Climate Change

Study: Adding Tree Cover on Savannas Has Only Limited Benefits Toward Fixing Climate Change

Although savannas already hold substantial belowground carbon, new research found that increasing tree cover through fire suppression captures much less carbon than projected.

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This year's Spring Runoff Conference will be held March 29 on USU’s Logan campus and will combine the science of forecasting drought and its implications for federal, state and local perspectives.
Adapting to Drought: Spring Runoff Conference Explores Ways to Navigate a Dry Future

Adapting to Drought: Spring Runoff Conference Explores Ways to Navigate a Dry Future

This year's Spring Runoff Conference will be held March 29 on USU’s Logan campus and will combine the science of forecasting drought and its implications for federal, state and local perspectives.

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Trees have a complex relationship with snow and energy as the season warms up, but new research shows that big trees can protect melting snowpacks in water-stressed environments.
Snowbound: Big Trees Boost Water in Forests by Protecting Snowpack

Snowbound: Big Trees Boost Water in Forests by Protecting Snowpack

Trees have a complex relationship with snow and energy as the season warms up, but new research shows that big trees can protect melting snowpacks in water-stressed environments.

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In 1990-1991, USU Moab professor Wayne Freimund participated in a research project at Arches National Park dealing with visitor management; and now he will be reexamining that research to see how their thinking and findings from the past compare to the re
USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Previous Park Visitation Research to See How It Compares to Now

USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Previous Park Visitation Research to See How It Compares to Now

In 1990-1991, USU Moab professor Wayne Freimund participated in a research project at Arches National Park dealing with visitor management; and now he will be reexamining that research to see how their thinking and findings from the past compare to the re...

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New research from the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism works to define what, specifically, the changing climate will mean for the future of outdoor recreation in the West.
Change of Scenery: New Research Outlines How Recreation Will Shift with Climate Change in the West

Change of Scenery: New Research Outlines How Recreation Will Shift with Climate Change in the West

New research from the Institute of Outdoor Recreation and Tourism works to define what, specifically, the changing climate will mean for the future of outdoor recreation in the West.

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Dr. Jim Lutz (WILD) studies Big Trees — not necessarily the heavyweight species like coast redwood or giant sequoia — but the biggest trees in any given forest.
Utah State Magazine: A Giant 1%

Utah State Magazine: A Giant 1%

Dr. Jim Lutz (WILD) studies Big Trees — not necessarily the heavyweight species like coast redwood or giant sequoia — but the biggest trees in any given forest.

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Jack Schmidt was featured on FOX Weather where he discussed the extreme drought in the west and its impact on the Grand Canyon.
Warm weather, lack of rain impacts Arizona's Grand Canyon

Warm weather, lack of rain impacts Arizona's Grand Canyon

Jack Schmidt was featured on FOX Weather where he discussed the extreme drought in the west and its impact on the Grand Canyon.

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American white pelicans who pause their migration at Strawberry Reservoir are filling their bellies with native species like Utah sucker for the most part, leaving cutthroat trout to the human anglers. Phaedra Budy, Gary Thiede, Kevin Chapman, and Frank H
Locally Sourced: Pelican Prefer Native Fish to Sportfish at Utah's Strawberry Reservoir

Locally Sourced: Pelican Prefer Native Fish to Sportfish at Utah's Strawberry Reservoir

American white pelicans who pause their migration at Strawberry Reservoir are filling their bellies with native species like Utah sucker for the most part, leaving cutthroat trout to the human anglers. Phaedra Budy, Gary Thiede, Kevin Chapman, and Frank H...

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Peter Howe’s research was cited this week in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. This years’ IPCC report focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability related to climate change.
Work from Peter Howe Featured in UN Report

Work from Peter Howe Featured in UN Report

Peter Howe’s research was cited this week in the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report. This years’ IPCC report focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability related to climate change.

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Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep make a tough choice every winter — to remain cold, hungry, and relatively safe from predators at high elevations, or to drop down to more temperate and more risky low-elevation ranges. New research explores the strategies they
Savvy Sheep: New Research Explores Flexible Decision-Making for Bighorn Sheep Migration

Savvy Sheep: New Research Explores Flexible Decision-Making for Bighorn Sheep Migration

Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep make a tough choice every winter — to remain cold, hungry, and relatively safe from predators at high elevations, or to drop down to more temperate and more risky low-elevation ranges. New research explores the strategies they ...

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Foraging animals have better lives when they act as optimists, using a lopsided learning process in which information about bad outcomes is discounted or ignored, according to a new research model.
Stay on the Sunny Side: Optimistic Animal Foragers Have Better Lives in Behavior Model

Stay on the Sunny Side: Optimistic Animal Foragers Have Better Lives in Behavior Model

Foraging animals have better lives when they act as optimists, using a lopsided learning process in which information about bad outcomes is discounted or ignored, according to a new research model.

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It's hard to get heard on social media, even when the message is a warning from the National Weather Service about excessive heat. New research explores strategies for better dissemination of weather-emergency messaging.
Hot on the Presses: Capturing an Audience During High Heat Emergencies

Hot on the Presses: Capturing an Audience During High Heat Emergencies

It's hard to get heard on social media, even when the message is a warning from the National Weather Service about excessive heat. New research explores strategies for better dissemination of weather-emergency messaging.

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Bella Wetzler recently complete a research project at Cedar Breaks, as a result of the QCNR Undergraduate Research Grant she won to study how big logs in the old growth Douglas-fir/western hemlock forest change the way new tree seedlings survive and grow.
Out on a Limb: Bella Wetzler Logs the Survival of Big Trees with Undergraduate Research Grant

Out on a Limb: Bella Wetzler Logs the Survival of Big Trees with Undergraduate Research Grant

Bella Wetzler recently complete a research project at Cedar Breaks, as a result of the QCNR Undergraduate Research Grant she won to study how big logs in the old growth Douglas-fir/western hemlock forest change the way new tree seedlings survive and grow....

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Cache Valley-based podcasters, USU alumni, and ‘anti-alarmists’ Kory and Kellan tapped Dr. Joseph Tainter for his expertise on the collapse of society (spoiler alert—no zombies. It’s tied to fossil fuels, ecosystem sustainability and the complexity of soc
View from The End: Tainter interviewed on Breaking Down: Collapse podcast

View from The End: Tainter interviewed on Breaking Down: Collapse podcast

Cache Valley-based podcasters, USU alumni, and ‘anti-alarmists’ Kory and Kellan tapped Dr. Joseph Tainter for his expertise on the collapse of society (spoiler alert—no zombies. It’s tied to fossil fuels, ecosystem sustainability and the complexity of soc...

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Forests around the world have the capacity to pull carbon out of the atmosphere to battle global climate change. But how much carbon they actually absorb is a question that still needs answering, and tree ring data can help, according to a new research sy
Treasure in Tree Rings: Using untapped tree ring data to calculate carbon sequestration

Treasure in Tree Rings: Using untapped tree ring data to calculate carbon sequestration

Forests around the world have the capacity to pull carbon out of the atmosphere to battle global climate change. But how much carbon they actually absorb is a question that still needs answering, and tree ring data can help, according to a new research sy...

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Manlove was recently nominated for, and participated in Scialog, an experimental conference designed to generate cross-discipline and scale-spanning brainstorming among academic researchers. Manlove was awarded one of several $50K seed grants for her team
Manlove Recipient of Cross-Boundary Scialog Award

Manlove Recipient of Cross-Boundary Scialog Award

Manlove was recently nominated for, and participated in Scialog, an experimental conference designed to generate cross-discipline and scale-spanning brainstorming among academic researchers. Manlove was awarded one of several $50K seed grants for her team...

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During a recent career fair, students from the Quinney College of Natural Resources connected with management agencies and organizations to participate in summer internships.
A Hands-On Summer: QCNR Student Internships Offer On-the-Job Experience

A Hands-On Summer: QCNR Student Internships Offer On-the-Job Experience

During a recent career fair, students from the Quinney College of Natural Resources connected with management agencies and organizations to participate in summer internships.

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The killing of more than 500 wolves in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming in recent months—including nearly 20% of the wolves that sometimes range outside of Yellowstone National Park—threatens to undermine a decades-old effort to restore the predators to the la
Dan MacNulty in Science Magazine: Massive Wolf Kill Disrupts Packs

Dan MacNulty in Science Magazine: Massive Wolf Kill Disrupts Packs

The killing of more than 500 wolves in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming in recent months—including nearly 20% of the wolves that sometimes range outside of Yellowstone National Park—threatens to undermine a decades-old effort to restore the predators to the la...

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Boundary-pushing research led by Stefani Crabtree and a team of researchers that used high-performance computer (HPC) modeling to map ancient pedestrian routes is the recipient of the High Performance Computing Innovations Excellence Award.
Crabtree Wins Hyperion High Performance Computing Innovation Award

Crabtree Wins Hyperion High Performance Computing Innovation Award

Boundary-pushing research led by Stefani Crabtree and a team of researchers that used high-performance computer (HPC) modeling to map ancient pedestrian routes is the recipient of the High Performance Computing Innovations Excellence Award.

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Sarah Cross Brown is big on ‘Take Two’ experiences. The first time around, for instance, her university path didn’t quite click. Two decades later, Brown found her educational stride at the Quinney College of Natural Resources.
Managing in Minnesota: USU Grad Finds Forestry Career in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Managing in Minnesota: USU Grad Finds Forestry Career in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

Sarah Cross Brown is big on ‘Take Two’ experiences. The first time around, for instance, her university path didn’t quite click. Two decades later, Brown found her educational stride at the Quinney College of Natural Resources.

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Using anonymous mobile device data, USU Researcher Wayne Freimund hopes to determine the carbon footprint of tourism to Utah’s Arches National Park. Through this project, he’ll be able calculate average miles per trip to the park, and from that determine
Tourism's Footprint: USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Carbon Footprint of Tourism to Arches

Tourism's Footprint: USU Moab Researcher Looking Into Carbon Footprint of Tourism to Arches

Using anonymous mobile device data, USU Researcher Wayne Freimund hopes to determine the carbon footprint of tourism to Utah’s Arches National Park. Through this project, he’ll be able calculate average miles per trip to the park, and from that determine ...

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Jack Schmidt sees three shades of a silver lining to Friday’s doomsday-seeming announcement from the Bureau.
Scientists see silver lining in fed’s efforts at Lake Powell

Scientists see silver lining in fed’s efforts at Lake Powell

Jack Schmidt sees three shades of a silver lining to Friday’s doomsday-seeming announcement from the Bureau.

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The iconic Great Salt Lake is in serious trouble, and lawmakers are noticing. Water levels in the lake have reached record lows.
A Lake in Peril: Researchers Participate in First Summit on Threats to the Great Salt Lake

A Lake in Peril: Researchers Participate in First Summit on Threats to the Great Salt Lake

The iconic Great Salt Lake is in serious trouble, and lawmakers are noticing. Water levels in the lake have reached record lows.

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A new story in Arizona Daily Star amplifies research results from the Center for Colorado River Studies, pointing out that emergency plans for water saving in the Colorado River likely won’t be enough.
In the News: New Colorado River Water Savings Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough, Researcher Warns

In the News: New Colorado River Water Savings Plan Doesn't Go Far Enough, Researcher Warns

A new story in Arizona Daily Star amplifies research results from the Center for Colorado River Studies, pointing out that emergency plans for water saving in the Colorado River likely won’t be enough.

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Research on big trees from a team led by Jim Lutz was featured on NPR's Science Friday, covering everything from the inherent awe humans find in old-growth forests to the ecological factors that keep big trees healthy.
Big News about Big Trees: QCNR Researcher Featured on NPR's Science Friday

Big News about Big Trees: QCNR Researcher Featured on NPR's Science Friday

Research on big trees from a team led by Jim Lutz was featured on NPR's Science Friday, covering everything from the inherent awe humans find in old-growth forests to the ecological factors that keep big trees healthy.

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A new institute at USU that focuses on sharing evidence-based research with state decision-makers released its 2021 Report to the Governor on Utah’s Land, Water, and Air.
New USU Institute Releases Inaugural Report on Natural Resources in Utah

New USU Institute Releases Inaugural Report on Natural Resources in Utah

A new institute at USU that focuses on sharing evidence-based research with state decision-makers released its 2021 Report to the Governor on Utah’s Land, Water, and Air.

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USU researchers explored the utility of using a system that automatically classifies content from social media photographs to identify preferred outdoor landscapes.
A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Identifying Landscape Preferences Using Social Media Algorithms

A Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Identifying Landscape Preferences Using Social Media Algorithms

USU researchers explored the utility of using a system that automatically classifies content from social media photographs to identify preferred outdoor landscapes.

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The award-winning book "Yellowstone Wolves" was written by the people who prepared and performed reintroduction and spent 25 years researching and managing wolves.
Book 'Yellowstone Wolves' Receives Prestigious Wildlife Society Award

Book 'Yellowstone Wolves' Receives Prestigious Wildlife Society Award

The award-winning book "Yellowstone Wolves" was written by the people who prepared and performed reintroduction and spent 25 years researching and managing wolves.

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A new grant will allow researchers to determine how water markets can be used to make water management systems more resilient.
Head Above Water: Major Grant Awarded for Research on Water Markets

Head Above Water: Major Grant Awarded for Research on Water Markets

A new grant will allow researchers to determine how water markets can be used to make water management systems more resilient.

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The USU Range Club members placed in both the plant identification contest and the Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) team competition at the Society for Range Management in November. The team faced off against 40 other students from BYU, UVU, SUU
USU Range Club Wins Second Place in Regional Team Competition

USU Range Club Wins Second Place in Regional Team Competition

The USU Range Club members placed in both the plant identification contest and the Undergraduate Range Management Exam (URME) team competition at the Society for Range Management in November. The team faced off against 40 other students from BYU, UVU, SUU...

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QNCR is well represented in a new report summarizing more than a decade of science from Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW).
QNCR Represented in New Publication: A Decade of Science Support in the Sagebrush Biome

QNCR Represented in New Publication: A Decade of Science Support in the Sagebrush Biome

QNCR is well represented in a new report summarizing more than a decade of science from Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW).

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Click for the schedule and locations for USU's undergraduate recruiting open houses running through the fall semester.
Undergraduate Recruiting Events - Fall 2021

Undergraduate Recruiting Events - Fall 2021

Click for the schedule and locations for USU's undergraduate recruiting open houses running through the fall semester.

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700 bison were being rounded up and corralled as part of the annual event at Antelope Island State Park, which this year was supported by volunteers from the student chapter of the Wildlife Society in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resour
Busting Bison Myths: Wildlife Society Assists with Education at Annual Bison Roundup

Busting Bison Myths: Wildlife Society Assists with Education at Annual Bison Roundup

700 bison were being rounded up and corralled as part of the annual event at Antelope Island State Park, which this year was supported by volunteers from the student chapter of the Wildlife Society in the S.J. & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resour...

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Chris Luecke, dean of Utah State University’s S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR), announced he will step down from his leadership post, effective July 2022.
USU's Chris Luecke to Leave Post as Natural Resources Dean

USU's Chris Luecke to Leave Post as Natural Resources Dean

Chris Luecke, dean of Utah State University’s S. J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR), announced he will step down from his leadership post, effective July 2022.

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Utah Business and Rocky Mountain Power honor Utah companies and individuals who are making strides toward the state's environmental sustainability. Dr. Roslynn McCann was one of this year's honorees.
Dr. Roslynn McCann, a 2021 Green Business Honoree.

Dr. Roslynn McCann, a 2021 Green Business Honoree.

Utah Business and Rocky Mountain Power honor Utah companies and individuals who are making strides toward the state's environmental sustainability. Dr. Roslynn McCann was one of this year's honorees.

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On a planet where people touch every ecosystem, tweak every landscape, adjust almost every natural process either directly or indirectly, humans need to ask just what, exactly, they owe to animals.
The End of Wild: Emma Marris Explores What People Owe to Animals in a Human-Ruled World

The End of Wild: Emma Marris Explores What People Owe to Animals in a Human-Ruled World

On a planet where people touch every ecosystem, tweak every landscape, adjust almost every natural process either directly or indirectly, humans need to ask just what, exactly, they owe to animals.

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With support from a major new grant from the USDA, Juan Villalba (left), Jennifer MacAdam, Eric Thacker and Kathy Trundle (not pictured) will work on novel ways to produce beef as an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable food.
Beef Going Green: Major New Grant Supports Strategies for Sustainable Grazing

Beef Going Green: Major New Grant Supports Strategies for Sustainable Grazing

With support from a major new grant from the USDA, Juan Villalba (left), Jennifer MacAdam, Eric Thacker and Kathy Trundle (not pictured) will work on novel ways to produce beef as an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable food.

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Off-highway vehicle recreation attracts a variety of people with diverse motivations for participating. Newly published research shows that those motivations influence routes they choose.
The Road More Traveled: Predicting Trail Choices based on OHV Drivers' Motivations

The Road More Traveled: Predicting Trail Choices based on OHV Drivers' Motivations

Off-highway vehicle recreation attracts a variety of people with diverse motivations for participating. Newly published research shows that those motivations influence routes they choose.

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Over the next few months, The College Tour featuring USU will appear on multiple streaming platforms like Amazon Prime, AppleTV, GoogleTV and Roku. Quishema Brown, a Wildlife Ecology & Management major, is featured in the episode and wrote the “An Educati
An Education for All - Quishema Brown

An Education for All - Quishema Brown

Over the next few months, The College Tour featuring USU will appear on multiple streaming platforms like Amazon Prime, AppleTV, GoogleTV and Roku. Quishema Brown, a Wildlife Ecology & Management major, is featured in the episode and wrote the “An Educati...

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Stefani Crabtree, assistant professor of social-environmental modeling in USU’s Department of Environment and Society, and colleagues have developed a tool to assess research performance more fairly; one that they hope will level the playing field.
Banishing bias: New tool offers fairer research metrics across disciplines, genders and experience

Banishing bias: New tool offers fairer research metrics across disciplines, genders and experience

Stefani Crabtree, assistant professor of social-environmental modeling in USU’s Department of Environment and Society, and colleagues have developed a tool to assess research performance more fairly; one that they hope will level the playing field.

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To better understand the complex interactions between the natural world and society, the National Science Foundation needs a next-generation Earth systems science initiative, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering,
New Report Advocates for Integrated Earth Systems Science Initiative at NSF, with Input from USU Professor Courtney Flint

New Report Advocates for Integrated Earth Systems Science Initiative at NSF, with Input from USU Professor Courtney Flint

To better understand the complex interactions between the natural world and society, the National Science Foundation needs a next-generation Earth systems science initiative, according to a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, ...

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Hope Braithwaite organized the Utah State University Water Quality Extension event, “Pack It Out Utah” which ended on Sunday.
Packing it Out Utah Style: Successful Statewide Trails and Waterways Cleanup

Packing it Out Utah Style: Successful Statewide Trails and Waterways Cleanup

Hope Braithwaite organized the Utah State University Water Quality Extension event, “Pack It Out Utah” which ended on Sunday.

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Extension Specialists Eric Thacker and David Dahlgren presented to U.S. congressional staffers on rangeland and wildlife science during a recent information-gathering tour of Utah counties.
Teaching to the Top: USU Extension Specialists Hit the Road with Visiting Congressional Staff

Teaching to the Top: USU Extension Specialists Hit the Road with Visiting Congressional Staff

Extension Specialists Eric Thacker and David Dahlgren presented to U.S. congressional staffers on rangeland and wildlife science during a recent information-gathering tour of Utah counties.

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By mid-century, once dominant winter sports may slowly be replaced by activities less dependent on perfect winter conditions—less skiing and more winter mountain biking, for instance—according to recently released research about changing patterns of recre
Rising Temperatures Reshape When and How Much People Get Outdoors on Public Lands

Rising Temperatures Reshape When and How Much People Get Outdoors on Public Lands

By mid-century, once dominant winter sports may slowly be replaced by activities less dependent on perfect winter conditions—less skiing and more winter mountain biking, for instance—according to recently released research about changing patterns of recre...

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Utah State University researchers Courtney Flint (right) and Jessica Schad (left) are participating in a new $15M National Science Foundation-funded project to help communities and ecosystems become more resilient when they face complex challenges like dr
When the Going Gets Tough: NSF Grant Awarded to Build Resilient Communities

When the Going Gets Tough: NSF Grant Awarded to Build Resilient Communities

Utah State University researchers Courtney Flint (right) and Jessica Schad (left) are participating in a new $15M National Science Foundation-funded project to help communities and ecosystems become more resilient when they face complex challenges like dr...

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When cubs are orphaned the summer after first den emergence, the UDWR contracts with USDA and Utah State University to care for the bears until they are old enough for release back into the wild by UDWR.
Bear Cub Rehabilitation - Live Video Feed

Bear Cub Rehabilitation - Live Video Feed

When cubs are orphaned the summer after first den emergence, the UDWR contracts with USDA and Utah State University to care for the bears until they are old enough for release back into the wild by UDWR.

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New research from Stefani Crabtree shows that modern subsistence diets, and the diets of ancient people, were much broader than what most people eat today.
Stone Age Foodies: Comparing Ancient and Modern Food Choices with Isotopes

Stone Age Foodies: Comparing Ancient and Modern Food Choices with Isotopes

New research from Stefani Crabtree shows that modern subsistence diets, and the diets of ancient people, were much broader than what most people eat today.

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Have you ever wondered how wildfire, fish, and water security are interconnected? Patrick Belmont presented at Swaner Preserve and Ecocenter in Park City Thursday, Aug. 12. Click to view his talk.
Fired Up: Wildlife, Fish and Water Security in Utah

Fired Up: Wildlife, Fish and Water Security in Utah

Have you ever wondered how wildfire, fish, and water security are interconnected? Patrick Belmont presented at Swaner Preserve and Ecocenter in Park City Thursday, Aug. 12. Click to view his talk.

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Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a United Nations working group) issued a report last released in 2013 that said, “climate change is code red for humanity” and that it is “clearly human-caused.”
In Focus Discussion: Climate change – Code Red

In Focus Discussion: Climate change – Code Red

Earlier this week, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (a United Nations working group) issued a report last released in 2013 that said, “climate change is code red for humanity” and that it is “clearly human-caused.”

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A new article appearing in Science Magazine features Jack Schmidt, director of the Center for Colorado River Studies, who 'thinks big and speaks candidly,' and may just be what the doctor ordered for the struggling Colorado River.
Hard Choices are Ahead for the Colorado River, but One Scientist's Voice is Making Waves

Hard Choices are Ahead for the Colorado River, but One Scientist's Voice is Making Waves

A new article appearing in Science Magazine features Jack Schmidt, director of the Center for Colorado River Studies, who 'thinks big and speaks candidly,' and may just be what the doctor ordered for the struggling Colorado River.

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The research team determined that soil from biodiverse communities helped to reduce plant pathogens, and boosted plant growth.
Keep Your Friends Close: Biodiversity Benefits Plants through Soil Feedbacks

Keep Your Friends Close: Biodiversity Benefits Plants through Soil Feedbacks

The research team determined that soil from biodiverse communities helped to reduce plant pathogens, and boosted plant growth.

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The research team created avatar programming for early human travelers and gave them the realistic goal of staying alive. These modeled humans were drawn to water and other landmarks, while the calorie outputs of their efforts were measured.
Ancient Superhighways: Mapping Prehistoric Travel Routes Using Archeological Modeling

Ancient Superhighways: Mapping Prehistoric Travel Routes Using Archeological Modeling

The research team created avatar programming for early human travelers and gave them the realistic goal of staying alive. These modeled humans were drawn to water and other landmarks, while the calorie outputs of their efforts were measured.

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Award-winning research out of the Department of Watershed shows that Bonneville Cutthroat trout have developed coping mechanisms to adapt to some waterway interruptions.
Tracking Trout Movement to Understand Waterway Adaptations

Tracking Trout Movement to Understand Waterway Adaptations

Award-winning research out of the Department of Watershed shows that Bonneville Cutthroat trout have developed coping mechanisms to adapt to some waterway interruptions.

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A budget-conscious project in Parley's Canyon, Utah included an overpass that was more narrow than the standard design. Nicki Frey evaluated the structure and documented hundreds of animal crossings within the first few months of research.
Safe Crossings: Wildlife Overpasses Connect Habitat and Save Lives

Safe Crossings: Wildlife Overpasses Connect Habitat and Save Lives

A budget-conscious project in Parley's Canyon, Utah included an overpass that was more narrow than the standard design. Nicki Frey evaluated the structure and documented hundreds of animal crossings within the first few months of research.

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Congratulations to our graduating class of 2021! Please follow this link for photos of our graduates and a video of our 2021 QCNR Commencement.
Graduation Photos/Video 2021

Graduation Photos/Video 2021

Congratulations to our graduating class of 2021! Please follow this link for photos of our graduates and a video of our 2021 QCNR Commencement.

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Discoverer of more than a dozen new plant species and author of many more plant names, Leila Shultz is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of discovery, education, conservation and support of the magnificent flora of Utah.
WILD Research Professor Emerita Leila Shultz Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

WILD Research Professor Emerita Leila Shultz Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Discoverer of more than a dozen new plant species and author of many more plant names, Leila Shultz is the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award for her years of discovery, education, conservation and support of the magnificent flora of Utah.

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We would like to recognize and congratulate our outstanding QCNR undergraduate students who are actively engaged in research.
Recognizing QCNR Undergraduates in Research 2021

Recognizing QCNR Undergraduates in Research 2021

We would like to recognize and congratulate our outstanding QCNR undergraduate students who are actively engaged in research.

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Dr. Charles Romesburg passed away on April 18, 2021, at the age of 83. He is, and will be, missed.
Charles Romesburg,1938 - 2021

Charles Romesburg,1938 - 2021

Dr. Charles Romesburg passed away on April 18, 2021, at the age of 83. He is, and will be, missed.

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Come join us on April 23rd from 1-4pm to help celebrate our reopening! Click to see the flyer to learn more.
Stokes Earth Day Reopening Celebration!

Stokes Earth Day Reopening Celebration!

Come join us on April 23rd from 1-4pm to help celebrate our reopening! Click to see the flyer to learn more.

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Microplastics are so pervasive that they now affect how plants grow, waft through the air one breathes, and permeates distant ecosystems.
Plastic Planet: Tracking Pervasive Microplastics Across the Globe

Plastic Planet: Tracking Pervasive Microplastics Across the Globe

Microplastics are so pervasive that they now affect how plants grow, waft through the air one breathes, and permeates distant ecosystems.

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Joe Wheaton and a cadre of researchers from Utah State University’s Department of Watershed Sciences is garnering national attention for its efficacy to restore riverscapes to healthier and more resilient states.
Sticks and Stones in Streams: National Focus on Simple Actions to Promote Self-Sustaining Solutions

Sticks and Stones in Streams: National Focus on Simple Actions to Promote Self-Sustaining Solutions

Joe Wheaton and a cadre of researchers from Utah State University’s Department of Watershed Sciences is garnering national attention for its efficacy to restore riverscapes to healthier and more resilient states.

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Charles (Chuck) Hawkins, has earned the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) for 2021.
Charles (Chuck) Hawkins Receives Award of Excellence from Society for Freshwater Science

Charles (Chuck) Hawkins Receives Award of Excellence from Society for Freshwater Science

Charles (Chuck) Hawkins, has earned the prestigious Award of Excellence from the Society for Freshwater Science (SFS) for 2021.

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Dr. Patrick Belmont presents on climate change denial at TEDxUSU, March 2021
Belmont Examines Climate Denial

Belmont Examines Climate Denial

Dr. Patrick Belmont presents on climate change denial at TEDxUSU, March 2021

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Congratulations to all the recipients of S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) Awards for 2021!
QCNR 2021 Awards Recipients

QCNR 2021 Awards Recipients

Congratulations to all the recipients of S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources (QCNR) Awards for 2021!

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Dr. Trisha Atwood contributed to the assessment of global carbon emissions from trawling in an article that is featured in the NY Times.
Dr. Trisha Atwood Contributes Assessment featured in a NY Times Article

Dr. Trisha Atwood Contributes Assessment featured in a NY Times Article

Dr. Trisha Atwood contributed to the assessment of global carbon emissions from trawling in an article that is featured in the NY Times.

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In a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Null, associate professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences, and her colleagues, use art, interactive exhibits and accessible science to illustrate how decisions about river management can be i
Exhibit at NHMU Offers Hands-On Access to Real Consequences of Watershed Decisions

Exhibit at NHMU Offers Hands-On Access to Real Consequences of Watershed Decisions

In a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum of Utah, Null, associate professor in the Department of Watershed Sciences, and her colleagues, use art, interactive exhibits and accessible science to illustrate how decisions about river management can be i...

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Catch up with what our faculty and staff have been doing at the Quinney College of Natural Resources over the past 6 months.
QCNR 2021 Spring News Roundup

QCNR 2021 Spring News Roundup

Catch up with what our faculty and staff have been doing at the Quinney College of Natural Resources over the past 6 months.

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With 10 years of monitoring data on the Right Hand Fork indicating that the brown trout in this stream were negatively impacting the entire cutthroat trout population in the Logan River. A USU research team proposed a combined effort to conserve the popul
By Hook And By Creek. Persistence is Key.

By Hook And By Creek. Persistence is Key.

With 10 years of monitoring data on the Right Hand Fork indicating that the brown trout in this stream were negatively impacting the entire cutthroat trout population in the Logan River. A USU research team proposed a combined effort to conserve the popul...

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Glaciers in western Canada are disappearing at a rate nearly twice the global average, leaving major ecological disruptions in their wake. Janice Brahney and her team are investigating what that means for the ecosystems the glaciers support. Credit: Janic
Slow Motion Disaster: Receding Glaciers Open Space for Invading Algae

Slow Motion Disaster: Receding Glaciers Open Space for Invading Algae

Glaciers in western Canada are disappearing at a rate nearly twice the global average, leaving major ecological disruptions in their wake. Janice Brahney and her team are investigating what that means for the ecosystems the glaciers support. Credit: Janic...

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While COVID-19 brewed over the summer of 2020, venues like schools, sports stadiums and theme parks shuttered their doors. Going stir-crazy at home, people desperate for fresh air and exercise headed outside to parks and protected areas for a change of sc
Six Feet Apart at Arches: Observing Social Distancing at a Busy National Park

Six Feet Apart at Arches: Observing Social Distancing at a Busy National Park

While COVID-19 brewed over the summer of 2020, venues like schools, sports stadiums and theme parks shuttered their doors. Going stir-crazy at home, people desperate for fresh air and exercise headed outside to parks and protected areas for a change of sc...

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We are saddened to announce that Fred Wagner, an emeritus faculty member and Associate Dean of the Quinney College of Natural Resources passed away this past Sunday. This announcement is linked to his obituary.
Frederic Wagner, September 26, 1926 - February 28, 2021

Frederic Wagner, September 26, 1926 - February 28, 2021

We are saddened to announce that Fred Wagner, an emeritus faculty member and Associate Dean of the Quinney College of Natural Resources passed away this past Sunday. This announcement is linked to his obituary.

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Dr. Patrick Belmont will be presenting at USU's TEDx event on Friday, March 5th. The presentations will be from 6-8 pm.
Dr. Patrick Belmont Presenting at USU's TEDx

Dr. Patrick Belmont Presenting at USU's TEDx

Dr. Patrick Belmont will be presenting at USU's TEDx event on Friday, March 5th. The presentations will be from 6-8 pm.

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Utah continues to provide much-needed late winter snowfall, hydrologists say the state currently has 80% of normal snowpack. Researchers at USU are already looking ahead to fire season by investigating how wildfires impact Utah’s water supply reservoirs
Dousing the Flames: USU Investigates how Wildfires Impact Utah's Water Supply Reservoirs

Dousing the Flames: USU Investigates how Wildfires Impact Utah's Water Supply Reservoirs

Utah continues to provide much-needed late winter snowfall, hydrologists say the state currently has 80% of normal snowpack. Researchers at USU are already looking ahead to fire season by investigating how wildfires impact Utah’s water supply reservoirs

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Listen to the UPR interview with Larissa Yocom and Paul Rogers concerning wildfires in the west.
'Wildfires In The West' With Paul Rogers And Larissa Yocom On Wednesday's Access Utah

'Wildfires In The West' With Paul Rogers And Larissa Yocom On Wednesday's Access Utah

Listen to the UPR interview with Larissa Yocom and Paul Rogers concerning wildfires in the west.

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The new publication builds upon a 2020 white paper, “Strategies for Managing the Colorado River in an Uncertain Future.”
New report confronts tough choices for the future of the Colorado River

New report confronts tough choices for the future of the Colorado River

The new publication builds upon a 2020 white paper, “Strategies for Managing the Colorado River in an Uncertain Future.”

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New research from Soren Brothers, assistant professor Utah State University Department of Watershed Sciences and Ecology Center, details how lakes in Nunavut could have a big impact on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and it’s not all bad news.
Arctic Stew: Understanding How High-Latitude Lakes Respond to and Affect Climate Change

Arctic Stew: Understanding How High-Latitude Lakes Respond to and Affect Climate Change

New research from Soren Brothers, assistant professor Utah State University Department of Watershed Sciences and Ecology Center, details how lakes in Nunavut could have a big impact on carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere, and it’s not all bad news.

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Recently, Ellie Leydsman McGinty developed an interactive Google Earth Web Map of the Landsat Program’s long history. NASA had the opportunity to talk with her about this project.
Mapping Landsat's Long History

Mapping Landsat's Long History

Recently, Ellie Leydsman McGinty developed an interactive Google Earth Web Map of the Landsat Program’s long history. NASA had the opportunity to talk with her about this project.

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We lost a special friend, colleague, and scientific intellect this week. Martyn M. Caldwell passed away from complications of Parkinson's and Lewy Body disease on January 24th.
Martyn Mathews Caldwell, 1941 - 2021

Martyn Mathews Caldwell, 1941 - 2021

We lost a special friend, colleague, and scientific intellect this week. Martyn M. Caldwell passed away from complications of Parkinson's and Lewy Body disease on January 24th.

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This video, created by undergraduate students in our college, takes a look into the history of women in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.
Celebrating the History of Women in the QCNR

Celebrating the History of Women in the QCNR

This video, created by undergraduate students in our college, takes a look into the history of women in the Quinney College of Natural Resources.

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Monarch butterflies are facing a dire situation across the country, with their numbers plummeting dangerously close to extinction levels.
Monarch Butterflies On 'Wild About Utah'

Monarch Butterflies On 'Wild About Utah'

Monarch butterflies are facing a dire situation across the country, with their numbers plummeting dangerously close to extinction levels.

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The cowboy lifestyle is still part of the Colorado Plateau with over 90% of the region being utilized by the cattle industry. Climate change and environmental degradation are threatening the future of cattle ranching.
Climate Change, Criollo and the Colorado Plateau: Is an old Breed the Future for Cattle Ranching?

Climate Change, Criollo and the Colorado Plateau: Is an old Breed the Future for Cattle Ranching?

The cowboy lifestyle is still part of the Colorado Plateau with over 90% of the region being utilized by the cattle industry. Climate change and environmental degradation are threatening the future of cattle ranching.

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As carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere increase, the battle against climate change worsens.
Biochar: Can it Help Fight Climate Change While Improving Soil Health?

Biochar: Can it Help Fight Climate Change While Improving Soil Health?

As carbon dioxide levels in the Earth's atmosphere increase, the battle against climate change worsens.

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We were all saddened to learn that Nat Frazer, Dean of the Quinney College from 2006 to 2011, passed away from complications of Hodgkins Disease this past Monday.
In Memoriam of Nat Frazer 1949-2020

In Memoriam of Nat Frazer 1949-2020

We were all saddened to learn that Nat Frazer, Dean of the Quinney College from 2006 to 2011, passed away from complications of Hodgkins Disease this past Monday.

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A developer eyeing Bridal Veil Falls for a tram and drug rehab lodge wants to make the iconic Utah County site more accessible with a “reasonable” fee. But those who research outdoor recreation have found any fee can dissuade people from visiting.
Fees drive away low-income families from outdoor places like Bridal Veil Falls, researchers say

Fees drive away low-income families from outdoor places like Bridal Veil Falls, researchers say

A developer eyeing Bridal Veil Falls for a tram and drug rehab lodge wants to make the iconic Utah County site more accessible with a “reasonable” fee. But those who research outdoor recreation have found any fee can dissuade people from visiting.

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In May 2020 Nicki Frey, an Extension assistant professor in the S.J & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, and her undergraduate researcher, Natalie D'Souza, began monitoring wildlife use of a new overpass crossing.
Building Bridges: USU Natural Resources Researchers Monitor Wildlife Overpass Usage

Building Bridges: USU Natural Resources Researchers Monitor Wildlife Overpass Usage

In May 2020 Nicki Frey, an Extension assistant professor in the S.J & Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, and her undergraduate researcher, Natalie D'Souza, began monitoring wildlife use of a new overpass crossing.

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With a push to conserve natural resources, one that is often overlooked or taken for granted is a resource that can be enjoyed after every sunset.
USU Doctoral Student Named Dark Sky Defender for Work in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

USU Doctoral Student Named Dark Sky Defender for Work in Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park

With a push to conserve natural resources, one that is often overlooked or taken for granted is a resource that can be enjoyed after every sunset.

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Greetings and welcome to the first WILD Alumni and Friends newsletter! In this first edition, we look at two of our members: Bill Woody and Jennifer Bakken.
Fall Semester WILD Alumni and Friends Newsletter 2020

Fall Semester WILD Alumni and Friends Newsletter 2020

Greetings and welcome to the first WILD Alumni and Friends newsletter! In this first edition, we look at two of our members: Bill Woody and Jennifer Bakken.

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Mark Kreider is an MS student in Ecology, advised by Dr. Larissa Yocom. Mark is known for his research on post-fire forest regeneration, including a paper on the identification of aspen seedlings in a field. Mark is also a spectacular classical pianist.
And now for something completely different…

And now for something completely different…

Mark Kreider is an MS student in Ecology, advised by Dr. Larissa Yocom. Mark is known for his research on post-fire forest regeneration, including a paper on the identification of aspen seedlings in a field. Mark is also a spectacular classical pianist.

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Joseph Tainter is interviewed by the NY Times about the current COVID-19 pandemic and how it ties in with some of his early career research.
How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?

How Do You Know When Society Is About to Fall Apart?

Joseph Tainter is interviewed by the NY Times about the current COVID-19 pandemic and how it ties in with some of his early career research.

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Roslynn Brain and Edwin Stafford involved over 800 youth in a Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest. PBS featured this project earlier this year.
The Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest | Utah Insight

The Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest

Roslynn Brain and Edwin Stafford involved over 800 youth in a Utah High School Clean Air Poster Contest. PBS featured this project earlier this year.

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Catch up with what our faculty and staff have been doing at the Quinney College of Natural Resources over the past 6 months.
QCNR 2020 Fall News Roundup

QCNR 2020 Fall News Roundup

Catch up with what our faculty and staff have been doing at the Quinney College of Natural Resources over the past 6 months.

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A new study provides strong evidence that exposure to light pollution alters predator-prey dynamics between mule deer and cougars across the intermountain West, a rapidly growing region where nighttime skyglow is an increasing environmental disturbance.
Light pollution alters predator-prey interactions between cougars and mule deer in western US

Light pollution alters predator-prey interactions between cougars and mule deer in western US

A new study provides strong evidence that exposure to light pollution alters predator-prey dynamics between mule deer and cougars across the intermountain West, a rapidly growing region where nighttime skyglow is an increasing environmental disturbance.

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To improve restoration and agricultural practices, USU scientists are studying how soil microbes and moisture affect native and nonnative plants.
USU Research Looking At The Root Of Plant-soil Interactions

USU Research Looking At The Root Of Plant-soil Interactions

To improve restoration and agricultural practices, USU scientists are studying how soil microbes and moisture affect native and nonnative plants.

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More than 100 state leaders from across the political spectrum gathered virtually Wednesday morning to sign, what they are calling, the first-ever Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact — urging the state to become a national leader on climate action.
In ‘Unprecedented Move’ For A Conservative State, Utah Leaders Voice Support For Climate Action

In ‘Unprecedented Move’ For A Conservative State, Utah Leaders Voice Support For Climate Action

More than 100 state leaders from across the political spectrum gathered virtually Wednesday morning to sign, what they are calling, the first-ever Utah Climate and Clean Air Compact — urging the state to become a national leader on climate action.

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Often, residents only interact with city employees when something goes wrong. With the help of three interns, however, Logan city has produced a podcast to help people understand what workers are doing the rest of the time.
'Logan City Lowdown': New podcast gives crash course on what municipal workers do

'Logan City Lowdown': New podcast gives crash course on what municipal workers do

Often, residents only interact with city employees when something goes wrong. With the help of three interns, however, Logan city has produced a podcast to help people understand what workers are doing the rest of the time.

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Low carbon energy infrastructure has been controversial for economic, social and environmental reasons: relatively high capital costs compared to fossil fuels; dissatisfaction with who owns the infrastructure; visual impacts; and habitat harm.
Octopus’s garden under the blade: Boosting biodiversity increases willingness to pay for offshore wind in the United States

Octopus’s garden under the blade: Boosting biodiversity increases willingness to pay for offshore wind in the United States

Low carbon energy infrastructure has been controversial for economic, social and environmental reasons: relatively high capital costs compared to fossil fuels; dissatisfaction with who owns the infrastructure; visual impacts; and habitat harm.

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The year 2020 has changed how so much of the world is delivered, including how the delivery of recognitions and awards.
QCNR Professor Joseph Wheaton Recognized with 2020 Gordon Warwick Award

QCNR Professor Joseph Wheaton Recognized with 2020 Gordon Warwick Award

The year 2020 has changed how so much of the world is delivered, including how the delivery of recognitions and awards.

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The rodent creates fireproof refuges for many species, suggesting wildlife managers should protect beaver habitat as the U.S. West burns. (Email Sign-in Required to Read)
How beavers became North America's best firefighter

How beavers became North America's best firefighter

The rodent creates fireproof refuges for many species, suggesting wildlife managers should protect beaver habitat as the U.S. West burns. (Email Sign-in Required to Read)

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National parks are really easy to love, but they are harder to take care of.
Easy to Love, Hard to Manage

Easy to Love, Hard to Manage

National parks are really easy to love, but they are harder to take care of.

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Emeritus Adjunct Professor, Ron Goede recently passed away. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020.
Ron Goede: April 3, 1934 - August 29, 2020

Ron Goede: April 3, 1934 - August 29, 2020

Emeritus Adjunct Professor, Ron Goede recently passed away. A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2020.

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On January 29, 1863 the U.S. Army Cavalry attacked the Northwestern Band of Shoshone, killing over 400 people and instigating the largest mass murder of Native Americans in the history of the United States.
Boa Ogoi: Restoring Sacred Land 150 years after the Bear River Massacre

Boa Ogoi: Restoring Sacred Land 150 years after the Bear River Massacre

On January 29, 1863 the U.S. Army Cavalry attacked the Northwestern Band of Shoshone, killing over 400 people and instigating the largest mass murder of Native Americans in the history of the United States.

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With 10 awardees, Aggies tie for first among 134 institutions from North and Central America vying for student grants from the Geological Society of America
WATS Doctoral Student Christy Leonard Receives GSA Research Grant

WATS Doctoral Student Christy Leonard Receives GSA Research Grant

With 10 awardees, Aggies tie for first among 134 institutions from North and Central America vying for student grants from the Geological Society of America

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In this episode of Instead with Dr. Patrick Belmont, you will learn– How streams and fish can benefit from wildfire. How much disturbance is too much. And, what Utah has in common with California wildfires.
After the Smoke Clears: watersheds recovering from wildfire, with Dr. Patrick Belmont

After the Smoke Clears: watersheds recovering from wildfire, with Dr. Patrick Belmont

In this episode of Instead with Dr. Patrick Belmont, you will learn– How streams and fish can benefit from wildfire. How much disturbance is too much. And, what Utah has in common with California wildfires.

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Leaders across the west are grappling with how to share the supply of water from the Colorado River. If trends continue cities, towns and farmlands won’t have enough water for their needs, and won’t leave enough water for the river ecosystem to function.
Managers Turn to USU Water Experts to Understand Dynamics of a Dwindling Colorado River Supply

Managers Turn to USU Water Experts to Understand Dynamics of a Dwindling Colorado River Supply

Leaders across the west are grappling with how to share the supply of water from the Colorado River. If trends continue cities, towns and farmlands won’t have enough water for their needs, and won’t leave enough water for the river ecosystem to function....

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Dr. John Neuhold was a distinguished professor in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Utah State University. We will miss his strong conservation ethic and his great sense of humor.
Remembering Dr. John Neuhold

Remembering Dr. John Neuhold

Dr. John Neuhold was a distinguished professor in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Utah State University. We will miss his strong conservation ethic and his great sense of humor.

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Drought and dams have pushed Tonle Sap into dangerous decline, threatening its swamp forests and the fish nurseries there that provide most of the nation's protein.
Cambodia’s biggest lake is running dry, taking forests and fish with it

Cambodia’s biggest lake is running dry, taking forests and fish with it

Drought and dams have pushed Tonle Sap into dangerous decline, threatening its swamp forests and the fish nurseries there that provide most of the nation's protein.

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Global study sheds new light on current species declines, past species extinctions, and disruptions to Earth's ecosystems
Herbivores, Not Predators, Most At Risk of Extinction

Herbivores, Not Predators, Most At Risk of Extinction

Global study sheds new light on current species declines, past species extinctions, and disruptions to Earth's ecosystems

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As an environmental scientist, I am often asked if it’s too late. With so much division and political dysfunction, is there any chance that we can solve the global environmental crises that threaten us and our planet?
Ben Abbott: Earth Day at 50 has never been so relevant

Ben Abbott: Earth Day at 50 has never been so relevant

As an environmental scientist, I am often asked if it’s too late. With so much division and political dysfunction, is there any chance that we can solve the global environmental crises that threaten us and our planet?

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In memory of Huey Johnson. Huey was an exceptional alum of the college and a recipient of the distinguished doctorate from USU.
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Huey Johnson

In memory of Huey Johnson. Huey was an exceptional alum of the college and a recipient of the distinguished doctorate from USU.

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Extreme heat is a growing hazard to public health, causing greater mortality than other hazards like floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the US. Yet in 2020, the risks of extreme heat may be magnified even more by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic
All Summer Long: Heat Waves and COVID-19

All Summer Long: Heat Waves and COVID-19

Extreme heat is a growing hazard to public health, causing greater mortality than other hazards like floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes in the US. Yet in 2020, the risks of extreme heat may be magnified even more by the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic...

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The S.J. and Jesse E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Dean’s Office affirms the message by USU President Noelle Cockett and the University’s “commitment to inclusion and respect in our Aggie family and in those communities we reach every day.”
QCNR Supports an Inclusive and Racially Just Society in Cache Valley and Beyond

QCNR Supports an Inclusive and Racially Just Society in Cache Valley and Beyond

The S.J. and Jesse E. Quinney College of Natural Resources Dean’s Office affirms the message by USU President Noelle Cockett and the University’s “commitment to inclusion and respect in our Aggie family and in those communities we reach every day.”

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Microplastic particles and fibers spiral through the Earth system, accumulating even in protected wilderness areas and national parks in the western U.S.
More than 1,000 Tons of Plastic Rains into Western U.S. Protected Lands Annually

More than 1,000 Tons of Plastic Rains into Western U.S. Protected Lands Annually

Microplastic particles and fibers spiral through the Earth system, accumulating even in protected wilderness areas and national parks in the western U.S.

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Spring is in full swing. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that those birds in your backyard may be changing right along with the climate.
Warming Climate is Changing Where Birds Breed

Warming Climate is Changing Where Birds Breed

Spring is in full swing. But a recent study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that those birds in your backyard may be changing right along with the climate.

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As a result of recent events, including the earthquake and coronavirus pandemic, more Utahns than ever are interested in growing and producing their own food.
As Interest in Local Food Grows, Water Pollution Shouldn't

As Interest in Local Food Grows, Water Pollution Shouldn't

As a result of recent events, including the earthquake and coronavirus pandemic, more Utahns than ever are interested in growing and producing their own food.

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Back in 2013 Matthias Koschorreck, a biologist in the Department of Lake Research at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany, on a whim decided to take some measurements in the catchment of a small river in Catalonia, Spain.
Filling the Gap: Study Finds Carbon Emissions Globally Underestimated

Filling the Gap: Study Finds Carbon Emissions Globally Underestimated

Back in 2013 Matthias Koschorreck, a biologist in the Department of Lake Research at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research in Germany, on a whim decided to take some measurements in the catchment of a small river in Catalonia, Spain.

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While it may seem that the efforts of local governments have only a marginal impact on the global issue of climate change, local action can spread to generate large-scale change.
Developing and Implementing a 100% Renewable Electricity Resolution: A Research-Based Framework

Developing and Implementing a 100% Renewable Electricity Resolution: A Research-Based Framework

While it may seem that the efforts of local governments have only a marginal impact on the global issue of climate change, local action can spread to generate large-scale change.

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Finding Columbia spotted frogs in Utah's mountains is not easy. But it's possible, with a guide like Paula Trater. She leads a visitor down a dirt path, then through mucky wetlands filled with cattails and a riot of birdsong.
In The Mountains And Deserts Of Utah, Columbia Spotted Frogs Are Sentinels Of Climate Change

In The Mountains And Deserts Of Utah, Columbia Spotted Frogs Are Sentinels Of Climate Change

Finding Columbia spotted frogs in Utah's mountains is not easy. But it's possible, with a guide like Paula Trater. She leads a visitor down a dirt path, then through mucky wetlands filled with cattails and a riot of birdsong.

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The Earth's carbon can be stored in trees and plants, in the ocean, in fossil fuels deep underground, and in the soil directly beneath our feet.
Eating Like a Bird: NSF Grant Keeps Tabs on Geese Herbivory and Carbon in the Yukon

Eating Like a Bird: NSF Grant Keeps Tabs on Geese Herbivory and Carbon in the Yukon

The Earth's carbon can be stored in trees and plants, in the ocean, in fossil fuels deep underground, and in the soil directly beneath our feet.

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A new paper including research from a Utah State University scientist provides a framework for understanding how light and noise pollution affects wildlife.
Blinded by the Light: "Sensory Danger Zones: How Sensory Pollution Impacts Animal Survival"

Blinded by the Light: "Sensory Danger Zones: How Sensory Pollution Impacts Animal Survival"

A new paper including research from a Utah State University scientist provides a framework for understanding how light and noise pollution affects wildlife.

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Utah State University President Noelle Cockett has committed to the implementation of new greenhouse gas reduction recommendations that will lead to greater sustainability, cost savings, and improvements to USU facilities, activities, and culture.
President Cockett Commits to Reducing USU's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

President Cockett Commits to Reducing USU's Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Utah State University President Noelle Cockett has committed to the implementation of new greenhouse gas reduction recommendations that will lead to greater sustainability, cost savings, and improvements to USU facilities, activities, and culture.

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Two longtime members of Utah State University’s Department of Environment and Society were honored recently by the Society for Range Management (SRM) for their career achievements in rangeland science and management.
Two College of Natural Resources Professors Recognized by the Society for Range Management

Two College of Natural Resources Professors Recognized by the Society for Range Management

Two longtime members of Utah State University’s Department of Environment and Society were honored recently by the Society for Range Management (SRM) for their career achievements in rangeland science and management.

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The Great Salt Lake is facing multiple threats that put ecosystems, economies and species at risk, said Wayne Wurtsbaugh, Utah State University professor during a “Canyon Conversations” lecture Saturday morning.
USU Professor Discusses Threats to the Great Salt Lake

USU Professor Discusses Threats to the Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake is facing multiple threats that put ecosystems, economies and species at risk, said Wayne Wurtsbaugh, Utah State University professor during a “Canyon Conversations” lecture Saturday morning.

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In August, USU Backcountry Hunters and Anglers with Cache Anglers Trout Unlimited Chapter helped Clint Brunson from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in electrofishing Temple Fork and Spawn Creek documenting non-native trout encroaching into this system
USU BHA Helps With Invasive Species Removal and Research

USU BHA Helps With Invasive Species Removal and Research

In August, USU Backcountry Hunters and Anglers with Cache Anglers Trout Unlimited Chapter helped Clint Brunson from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources in electrofishing Temple Fork and Spawn Creek documenting non-native trout encroaching into this system...

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One of the goals of QCNR is to develop collaborative programs that help students gain hands-on professional work experience to move them forward on their desired career path.
Making the Connection: 2020 QCNR Job Fair

Making the Connection: 2020 QCNR Job Fair

One of the goals of QCNR is to develop collaborative programs that help students gain hands-on professional work experience to move them forward on their desired career path.

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PROVIDENCE – Tyler Coleman, a volunteer for Trout Unlimited, took a paper cup with trout eggs to the Center for Creativity, Innovation & Discovery Tuesday afternoon and put them in a basket in a large aquarium.
Trout eggs placed in classrooms to raise and release into area fisheries

Trout eggs placed in classrooms to raise and release into area fisheries

PROVIDENCE – Tyler Coleman, a volunteer for Trout Unlimited, took a paper cup with trout eggs to the Center for Creativity, Innovation & Discovery Tuesday afternoon and put them in a basket in a large aquarium.

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First-graders know that seedlings need three things to grow - sunlight, water, and soil.
Get Outside: Plant-Soil Research in Greenhouses Differs Strongly From Field Studies

Get Outside: Plant-Soil Research in Greenhouses Differs Strongly From Field Studies

First-graders know that seedlings need three things to grow - sunlight, water, and soil.

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High school teacher Jill Kennedy prefers to go beyond books. She believes in encouraging her students to get their hands on their projects —but not just the typical bridges built with toothpicks.
Robot Invasion: QCNR Helps High School Students Build and Test Submersible Robots

Robot Invasion: QCNR Helps High School Students Build and Test Submersible Robots

High school teacher Jill Kennedy prefers to go beyond books. She believes in encouraging her students to get their hands on their projects —but not just the typical bridges built with toothpicks.

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Human-wildlife conflict is a challenge in many parks and protected areas, and is often the result of improper behavior on the human side of the equation.
Using Science to Persuade Hikers to be Bear-Safe in Yellowstone

Using Science to Persuade Hikers to be Bear-Safe in Yellowstone

Human-wildlife conflict is a challenge in many parks and protected areas, and is often the result of improper behavior on the human side of the equation.

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Rallies to open the “Global Climate Strike” took place in 110 towns and cities across Australia. More than one hundred students, faculty and staff held signs and umbrellas at a wet and rainy rally on the Quad at Utah State University.
Global Climate Strike draws more than 100 to USU Quad

Global Climate Strike draws more than 100 to USU Quad

Rallies to open the “Global Climate Strike” took place in 110 towns and cities across Australia. More than one hundred students, faculty and staff held signs and umbrellas at a wet and rainy rally on the Quad at Utah State University.

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Utah State University’s Trisha Atwood, assistant professor in watershed sciences and the Ecology Center, says animals deserve credit for their role in maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems … and their impact on the big picture of climate change.
Against the Current: Trisha Atwood Receives Early-Career Research Fellowship

Against the Current: Trisha Atwood Receives Early-Career Research Fellowship

Utah State University’s Trisha Atwood, assistant professor in watershed sciences and the Ecology Center, says animals deserve credit for their role in maintaining healthy coastal ecosystems … and their impact on the big picture of climate change.

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In the past decade, increasing numbers of visitors to parks and protected areas have both stretched management resources and exacerbated human-caused problems.
View From Above: Drones Help Monitor Recreation Impacts in National Parks

View From Above: Drones Help Monitor Recreation Impacts in National Parks

In the past decade, increasing numbers of visitors to parks and protected areas have both stretched management resources and exacerbated human-caused problems.

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Migrants and their labor are responsible for moving hundreds of billions of dollars around the world annually. At their destinations, they affect populations, cultures, and economies. Their movement has a major impact on the places they leave.
Understanding Migration Requires Understanding Changing Land Systems

Understanding Migration Requires Understanding Changing Land Systems

Migrants and their labor are responsible for moving hundreds of billions of dollars around the world annually. At their destinations, they affect populations, cultures, and economies. Their movement has a major impact on the places they leave.

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When there is a combination of population increase, wastewater discharge, agricultural fertilization and climate change are harmful to humans and animals. The cocktail produces harmful algal blooms, and many of these are toxic to humans and wildlife.
Researchers Review Environmental Conditions Leading to Harmful Algae Blooms

Researchers Review Environmental Conditions Leading to Harmful Algae Blooms

When there is a combination of population increase, wastewater discharge, agricultural fertilization and climate change are harmful to humans and animals. The cocktail produces harmful algal blooms, and many of these are toxic to humans and wildlife.

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Utah State University Professor Nancy Mesner, Water Quality Extension Specialist in the Department of Watershed Sciences, coordinated the aquatic portion of USU STARS! GEAR UP program by getting high school teachers and students out on the water.
GearUp Goes Wet

GearUp Goes Wet

Utah State University Professor Nancy Mesner, Water Quality Extension Specialist in the Department of Watershed Sciences, coordinated the aquatic portion of USU STARS! GEAR UP program by getting high school teachers and students out on the water.

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Each fall, about a thousand cattle pass through southern Utah’s Pando aspen grove, believed to be the world’s most massive living organism, pausing for a week or two on their way from summer to winter pastures.
What’s killing the world’s most massive living thing? New study of Utah’s Pando aspen grove blames cows, not deer.

What’s killing the world’s most massive living thing? New study of Utah’s Pando aspen grove blames cows, not deer.

Each fall, about a thousand cattle pass through southern Utah’s Pando aspen grove, believed to be the world’s most massive living organism, pausing for a week or two on their way from summer to winter pastures.

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When you think of national parks, you might picture the vast plateaus of the Grand Canyon, the intricate wetlands of the Everglades, or the inspiring viewscapes of the Grand Tetons.
National Trash: Reducing Waste Produced in U.S. National Parks

National Trash: Reducing Waste Produced in U.S. National Parks

When you think of national parks, you might picture the vast plateaus of the Grand Canyon, the intricate wetlands of the Everglades, or the inspiring viewscapes of the Grand Tetons.

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Insecticides in at least one area are not only failing to control mosquitoes, new research suggests, they’re actually allowing the blood-sucking pests to thrive—by killing off their predators.
How Pesticides Can Actually Increase Mosquito Numbers

How Pesticides Can Actually Increase Mosquito Numbers

Insecticides in at least one area are not only failing to control mosquitoes, new research suggests, they’re actually allowing the blood-sucking pests to thrive—by killing off their predators.

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Innovation in biofuels involves more than good ideas, according to Joseph Tainter from the Department of Environment and Society in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources.
Adding Fuel to the Fire: Motivations for Biofuel Innovation

Adding Fuel to the Fire: Motivations for Biofuel Innovation

Innovation in biofuels involves more than good ideas, according to Joseph Tainter from the Department of Environment and Society in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources.

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Jacqueline J. Peña,a recent Ecology master's alumnus, from the Department of Wildland Resources in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, was awarded the 2018 Ecological Society of America (ESA) E. Lucy Braun award.
USU Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Esa E. Lucy Braun Award

USU Alumnus Awarded Prestigious Esa E. Lucy Braun Award

Jacqueline J. Peña,a recent Ecology master's alumnus, from the Department of Wildland Resources in the S.J. and Jessie E. Quinney College of Natural Resources, was awarded the 2018 Ecological Society of America (ESA) E. Lucy Braun award.

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Each summer, millions of people in the Intermountain West make a sandwich or two, throw fishing gear in the car and head to nearby rivers and lakes to enjoy time on the water. Recent climate trends are making a good catch more difficult to come by.
Coldwater Fishing in a Warming Climate

Coldwater Fishing in a Warming Climate

Each summer, millions of people in the Intermountain West make a sandwich or two, throw fishing gear in the car and head to nearby rivers and lakes to enjoy time on the water. Recent climate trends are making a good catch more difficult to come by.

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When one considers harm done by mining operations to rivers in the West, it is tempting to speculate—if people then could only understand what is known about how river systems work … could one have avoided decades of ecological upheaval and disaster?
Politics, Power and Rivers - Historic Mining in the Rural West

Politics, Power and Rivers - Historic Mining in the Rural West

When one considers harm done by mining operations to rivers in the West, it is tempting to speculate—if people then could only understand what is known about how river systems work … could one have avoided decades of ecological upheaval and disaster?

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NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest 2019 SubmissionMama Longlegs performs original song "You Will Not Erase"
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NPR Tiny Desk Concert Contest 2019 SubmissionMama Longlegs performs original song "You Will Not Erase"

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Undergraduate Research Fellows Bryce Frederickson and Ethan Hammer receive prestigious national award
Gold Standard: Two USU Honors Students are 2019 Goldwater Scholars

Gold Standard: Two USU Honors Students are 2019 Goldwater Scholars

Undergraduate Research Fellows Bryce Frederickson and Ethan Hammer receive prestigious national award

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Fear of death or injury keeps humans well away from dangerous places or risky situations, so it seems reasonable to assume that wild prey species will do the same when it comes to avoiding their deadly predators.
Are Yellowstone Elk Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Are Yellowstone Elk Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Fear of death or injury keeps humans well away from dangerous places or risky situations, so it seems reasonable to assume that wild prey species will do the same when it comes to avoiding their deadly predators.

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Last summer, a year after 72,000 acres of high-elevation woodlands burned around southwestern Utah’s Markagunt Plateau. Residents of Brian Head noticed something strange, tiny white cottony puffs drifted through the air and piled up on the ground
A year after southern Utah’s Brian Head Fire, the aspens are bouncing back in a surprising way that could strengthen the forest

A year after southern Utah’s Brian Head Fire, the aspens are bouncing back in a surprising way that could strengthen the forest

Last summer, a year after 72,000 acres of high-elevation woodlands burned around southwestern Utah’s Markagunt Plateau. Residents of Brian Head noticed something strange, tiny white cottony puffs drifted through the air and piled up on the ground

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Morgan Larsen, a USU-Uintah Basin student, received the Berryman Institute Scholarship that, in addition to the monetary award, provided Larsen the opportunity to spend the summer working for the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service.
USU-Uintah Basin Student Gets Hands-on Experience with USDA Wildlife Service

USU-Uintah Basin Student Gets Hands-on Experience with USDA Wildlife Service

Morgan Larsen, a USU-Uintah Basin student, received the Berryman Institute Scholarship that, in addition to the monetary award, provided Larsen the opportunity to spend the summer working for the United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Service.

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What happens when you mix a biologist who studies beetle horns with scientists who spend their time exploring predator-prey dynamics? You get a better understanding of why elk shed their antlers much later than males of any other North American species
Researchers Study How Wolf Predation Shapes Elk Antler Evolution

Researchers Study How Wolf Predation Shapes Elk Antler Evolution

What happens when you mix a biologist who studies beetle horns with scientists who spend their time exploring predator-prey dynamics? You get a better understanding of why elk shed their antlers much later than males of any other North American species

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USU scientists have shown that a 'landscape of fear' does not keep Yellowstone elk from using risky habitats. In an online article "Ecological Monographs," the researchers discuss how elk use nightly lulls in wolf activity to access dangerous areas.
Yellowstone's 'Landscape of Fear' Not So Scary After All

Yellowstone's 'Landscape of Fear' Not So Scary After All

USU scientists have shown that a 'landscape of fear' does not keep Yellowstone elk from using risky habitats. In an online article "Ecological Monographs," the researchers discuss how elk use nightly lulls in wolf activity to access dangerous areas.

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Opposition is mounting rapidly to a Colorado man’s proposal to pipe Green River water from Utah to the Denver area — and the objections aren’t coming only from the usual suspects.
Flaming Gorge Pipeline Doubtful: Water War Anyway

Flaming Gorge Pipeline Doubtful: Water War Anyway

Opposition is mounting rapidly to a Colorado man’s proposal to pipe Green River water from Utah to the Denver area — and the objections aren’t coming only from the usual suspects.

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Utah State University-Uintah Basin hosted an Earth Observation and GIS (geographic information system) day for local high school students.
USU-Uintah Basin Holds First Earth Observation and GIS Event

USU-Uintah Basin Holds First Earth Observation and GIS Event

Utah State University-Uintah Basin hosted an Earth Observation and GIS (geographic information system) day for local high school students.

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Visitors to national parks in Utah, as well as many other tourism destinations, make decisions based on weather conditions. But will climate change affect the way tourists experience Utah’s national parks?
When Hot Is Too Hot

When Hot Is Too Hot

Visitors to national parks in Utah, as well as many other tourism destinations, make decisions based on weather conditions. But will climate change affect the way tourists experience Utah’s national parks?

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How did the urban forest come into being and succeed? Utah State University researcher Joanna Endter-Wada worked with researchers from the University of Utah with funding from iUTAH to answer this question.
The Science Behind the Story

The Science Behind the Story

How did the urban forest come into being and succeed? Utah State University researcher Joanna Endter-Wada worked with researchers from the University of Utah with funding from iUTAH to answer this question.

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Huntly is the director of the USU Ecology Center and was recently named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, a large community of ecological scientists.
'Interesting creatures': USU professor discusses world of ecology

'Interesting creatures': USU professor discusses world of ecology

Huntly is the director of the USU Ecology Center and was recently named a Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, a large community of ecological scientists.

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At 3:00 a.m. on a frigid winter morning Nicki Frey, an extension associate professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at USU, leads a group of new biologists who are trapping west of Bryce Canyon.
South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah

South Canyon Sage-Grouse on Wild About Utah

At 3:00 a.m. on a frigid winter morning Nicki Frey, an extension associate professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at USU, leads a group of new biologists who are trapping west of Bryce Canyon.

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A recent study by Utah science researchers indicates communicating about science can have an impact on efforts by scientists
Upcoming iUtah Workshops Highlight Communication As Key to Collaboration

Upcoming iUtah Workshops Highlight Communication As Key to Collaboration

A recent study by Utah science researchers indicates communicating about science can have an impact on efforts by scientists

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The number of Utah snowmobilers is declining despite an increase in the state's population, a report by Utah State University has found.
Report: Snowmobilers Decline Despite Rising Utah Population

Report: Snowmobilers Decline Despite Rising Utah Population

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — The number of Utah snowmobilers is declining despite an increase in the state's population, a report by Utah State University has found.

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LOGAN, UTAH - Hydrologists are looking centuries into the past to better understand an increasingly uncertain water future.
Between the lines: Tree rings hold clues about a river's past

Between the lines: Tree rings hold clues about a river's past

LOGAN, UTAH - Hydrologists are looking centuries into the past to better understand an increasingly uncertain water future.

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Utah State University environment and society professor Chris Monz, his former student Ashley D’antonio and Kevin Gutzwiller demonstrate the impacts of recreationists on wildlife populations.
A Close Look at the Big Picture

A Close Look at the Big Picture

Utah State University environment and society professor Chris Monz, his former student Ashley D’antonio and Kevin Gutzwiller demonstrate the impacts of recreationists on wildlife populations.

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Researchers have partially hidden earth's largest life-form behind a small protective fence.
The Life and Death of Pando

The Life and Death of Pando

Researchers have partially hidden earth's largest life-form behind a small protective fence.

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The early 1970s were very heady times on the Utah State University campus.
Thad Box Reminisces

Thad Box Reminisces

The early 1970s were very heady times on the Utah State University campus.

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A local Yamaha dealer is providing two ATVs to Utah State University researchers to help study the interactions between sage grouse and motorized recreation.
Local Yamaha dealer provides ATVs for USU sage grouse research

Local Yamaha dealer provides ATVs for USU sage grouse research

A local Yamaha dealer is providing two ATVs to Utah State University researchers to help study the interactions between sage grouse and motorized recreation.

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The Great Salt Lake is roughly the same area as 75 Manhattans. It feeds and houses millions of birds of hundreds of species, provides the namesake of Utah’s capital city, and some credit it for the state’s trademarked claim to “the greatest snow on earth”
Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake

Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake

The Great Salt Lake is roughly the same area as 75 Manhattans. It feeds and houses millions of birds of hundreds of species, provides the namesake of Utah’s capital city, and some credit it for the state’s trademarked claim to “the greatest snow on earth”...

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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Environment and Society department news for Utah State University.
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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Environment and Society department news for Utah State University.

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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Watershed Sciences department news for Utah State University.
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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Watershed Sciences department news for Utah State University.

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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Wildland Resources department news for Utah State University.
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The Quinney College of Natural Resources list of the Wildland Resources department news for Utah State University.