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A Watery Wilderness

The ocean is the biggest wilderness on the planet. But legal protections are scant.

Note: This article has been modified since its original posting. In addition to directly managing the 13 marine sanctuaries referenced in the article, NOAA co-manages four marine national monuments with the USFWS.      The waters off the US coastline, the eighth…
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by: Susan Bruce – September 2, 2014

The Yampa River

Flowing Free, For Now

The Yampa River is the last major free-flowing river in the seven-state Colorado River Basin. Following an ancient course little altered by humans, the river supports a rare, rich ecosystem, and a thriving recreational industry, including one of the most scenic and exciting rafting experiences on the planet. Created by Rocky Mountain snowmelt, the Yampa journeys west through a valley of farms and ranches in northwestern Colorado, the popular tourist town of…
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by: Susan Bruce – Winter 2014


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