Take a look at what Mirr Ranch Group brokers are reading, watching, and listening to this week!
Water Shortages in the West:
This past Tuesday, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released models suggesting looming water shortages in Lake Powell and Lake Mead — the reservoirs where Colorado River water is stored — are more likely than previously projected. Ken Mirr recently penned an article for the Land Report discussing one possible solution to this public problem – incentivizing private landowners to voluntarily reduce consumptive use of their water rights.
What’s fueling wildfires in the West?:
This editorial discusses how climate change and forest management practices have both contributed to today’s fire conditions, and reducing wildfire risks requires addressing both issues.
Conservation Saves Wildlife:
In a spot of good news, a new study finds that 48 mammal and bird species have been saved from extinction by conservation actions since 1993. According to the researchers’ models, this coordinated effort by governments, academic institutions, nonprofits, and others prevented the rate of mammalian and avian extinctions from reaching levels 300-400% higher. Read more.
Fighting Hunger in Wyoming:
A good reminder as we head into the fall rut – in Wyoming, resident and nonresident hunters are asked to consider donating meat from elk, deer, bighorn sheep, mountain goat, pronghorn, bison, or moose that they harvest to feed hungry families. As part of First Lady Jennie Gordon’s Wyoming Hunger Initiative, Food from the Field is designed to feed children in Wyoming facing food insecurity issues.