by state
Colorado and Utah - Red Dust
State: Colorado, Utah
Region: Colorado and Utah
Description: An increasing body of scientific research indicates that windborne dust from disturbed desert soils is contributing to early snowmelt in Colorado. When the light from the sun comes in contact with tiny rock particles instead of plain snow, the dust is heated, making the snow melt earlier and more quickly.
Colorado - Pinebeetles
State: Colorado
Description: It sounds counterintuitive, but for wildlife species, those areas are a bonanza. Science is telling us these habitats are every bit as important as the forest before the kill-off... read more
Montana - Glacier National Park - Glaciers
State: Montana
Region: Glacier National Park
Description: There were approximately 150 glaciers present in 1850, and most glaciers were still present in 1910 when the park was established. In 2010, there were only 25 glaciers larger than 25 acres remaining in the park. In Glacier National Park, some effects of global climate change are strinkingly clear... read more
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - Whitebark Pinebeetle
State: Montana, Wyoming
Description: The Whitebark Pine is the main pine tree found at high elevations throughout the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. A beetle epidemic that's killing trees across the Rocky Mountain region has taken an especially heavy toll on Whitebark Pine trees and the grizzly bears who depend on them... read more
Four Corners Region - Air Quality
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah
Description: Existing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the Four Corners region total 29 million tons per year of CO2. With the increased recognition of the impacts of CO2 as a major contributor to climate change, it is imperative that CO2 emissions be reduced in the Four Corners region... read more
State: Colorado
Region: EcoFlight's annual holiday video starring Rip the Wonder Dog!
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Arizona - Black Mesa
State: Arizona
Description: Twenty-five miles south of Monument Valley, in the heart of the Navajo Nation, are the Black Mesa and Kayenta Coal Mines. These neighboring mines together make up the world's largest strip mining operation. In 2006, the Black Mesa Mine suspended its operations, while the Kayenta Mine remains active, providing approximately 8 million tons of coal each year. This multi-billion dollar operation subsidizes power for Arizona's largest cities including Phoenix, Tucson, Scottsdale, and Flagstaff.
Utah - Alton - Hollow Coal
State: Utah
Region: Southern Utah - Kane County
Description: This new coal strip mine in Alton, Utah has changed significantly since our first flight in December of 2010. Recent plans for the mine's expansion have promoted concerns from conservation groups, and the threat of legal action should the BLM approve them. BLM's decision was delayed in July of 2012... read more
Wyoming - Black Thunder Coal Operation
State: Wyoming
Description: The Black Thunder coal mine is the largest producing coal mine in the world, cranking out enough coal to load up to 25 miles of railroad cars per day... read more
Utah - Castle Dale & Huntington Coal Power Plants
State: Utah
Region: Price, Utah
Description: The Huntington power plant in Utah is named for the nearby town of Huntington. The Hunter plant is considerably larger and is located two miles south of Castle Dale. The pollution from both plants has major impacts on human health and on haze at nearby national parks... read more
Colorado - Craig - Coal Power Plant
State: Colorado
Region: Craig
Description: The Craig Power Station near Craig, Colorado, is the state's largest coal-fired electrical generating station, occupting a space of 1,120 acres. Craig's primary coal sources are the Trapper and Colowyo mines. The Yampa River, along which the facility is situated, provides water for the turbines... read more
New Mexico - Four Corners Coal Power Plants
State: New Mexico
Region: Near Farmington, New Mexico
Description: The Four Corners area is home to two of the highest polluting coal plants in the western United States, the 1,800-megawatt San Juan Generating Station and the 2,040-megawatt Four Corners Power Plant. Situated on Navajo Nations land, these power plants burn over ten million tons of coal each year... read more
Arizona - Page - Coal Power Plant
State: Arizona
Region: Page, Arizona - near Grand Canyon
Description: The Navajo Generating Station is a 2250 megawatt coal-fired power plant located on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Page, Arizona and about 25 kilometers from the Grand Canyon National Park. It releases more than 19 million tons of carbon dioxide per year... read more
Montana - Otter Creek - Proposed Coal Mine
State: Montana
Region: Southeastern Montana
Description: In 2016 Arch Coal's bankruptcy led to their coal lease in Otter Creek being cancelled; and in concert with this, a federal agency subsequently canceled the proposed Tongue River Railroad which was to transport the coal... read more
Colorado - Somerset - Coal Mine
State: Colorado
Region: Somerset
Description: In June 2014, the federal court rejected a plan to expand the mine, citing agencies’ neglect to consider climate change impacts.... read more
Wyoming - Powder River Basin - Coal
State: Wyoming
Region: SE Montana, NE Wyoming
Description: The Powder RIver Basin supplies 40 percent of the coal produced in the United States, which is burned to produce 20% of the nation's electricity. Not surprisingly, 13% of the country's greenhouse gasses also come from the Powder River Basin, in southest Montana and northest Wyoming... read more
Montana - The Great Burn Fire
State: Montana
Region: Bitterroot Mountains
Description: Believed to be the largest fire in recorded U.S. history, the Great Fire of 1910 burned about three million acres (approx. the size of Connecticut) in northeast Washington, northern Idaho (the panhandle), and western Montana. Despite being the largest, it is not the deadliest wildfire on record... read more
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - Fire
State: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Description: Wildfires are naturally occurring agents of disturbance in the region's forests. But hotter and drier conditions and longer fire seasons are already expanding the natural force of wildfire in Greater Yellowstone. In general, wildfires are larger, more numerous, and more destructive than they used to be... read more
Colorado - Glenwood Springs - Coal Seam Fire
State: Colorado
Region: Glenwood Springs
Description: On June 8, 2002, a decades old fire that had been burning in an underground mine ignited vegetation on the surface, starting the Coal Seam Fire in and around Glenwood Springs, Colorado. There are a few coal seams in the area that have underground fires still burning today... read more
Colorado - El Paso County - Waldo Canyon Fire
State: Colorado
Description: The Waldo Canyon Fire started just northwest of Colorado Springs on June 23, 2012. By the time it was contained on July 10, 2012, it had left two people dead, destroyed 346 homes and burned more than 18,000 acres in the Pike National Forest and in Colorado Springs... read more
Colorado - Hunter Creek Prescribed Burn
State: Colorado
Region: Aspen Valley
Description: EcoFlight has been working with Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES), Wilderness Workshop, Pitkin County, City of Aspen, and the U.S. Forest Service on the Hunter Creek Smuggler Mountain Cooperative Plan on a prescribed burn, as part of the forest restoration project in the Hunter Creek Valley, adjacent to the City of Aspen and Pitkin County open space.
Arizona - Proposed Oak Flat Copper
State: Arizona
Region: Southeast Arizona
Description: Rio Tinto's Resolution Copper is proposing to mine a rich copper vein near Superior, Arizona. The company is planning a massive block cave mine near the town of Superior, 60 miles east of Phoenix, Arizona. Continue reading...
Nevada - Elko – Gold
State: Nevada
Region: Elko Nevada
Description: Nevada is the third largest gold producer in the world after South Africa (first) and Australia (second). Current mining operations have disturbed more than 100,400 acres of land in Nevada. Some gold mining pits are so large that they can be seen from outer space... read more
Montana - Butte - Copper
State: Montana
Description: The Berkeley Pit is a former open pit copper mine located in Butte, Montana. It is one mile long by half a mile wide and is filled to a depth of about 900 feet with heavily acidic water and dangerous heavy metals. Since ceasing operations in 1982, it and has become one of the largest federal Superfund sites... read more
Arizona - Grand Canyon - Uranium
State: Arizona
Description: There are as many as 10,000 existing mining claims on BLM and U.S. Forest Service lands near the Grand Canyon. In 2012, Secretary of the Interior Salazar ordered a 20-year moratorium on thousands of new mining claims that threaten to industrialize watersheds draining into the Colorado River... read more
Colorado - Crested Butte - Molybdenum
State: Colorado
Region: Crested Butte
Description: For more than 30 years, the small mountain town of Crested Butte has been battling the prospect of a large scale molybdenum mine in their area. U.S. Energy Corp remains as the sole owner of the mine property and has publicly stated that the company intends to continue efforts to develop the mine... read more
Idaho - DeLamar Gold
State: Idaho
Description: The DeLamar Mine is an inactive open pit gold mine. The 2,014-acre site is currently undergoing reclamation. EPA inspectors observed a muddy discharge of water into Cabin Gulch from a clay borrow pit during an inspection in 2009. The water from Cabin Gulch eventually flows into the Owyhee River... read more
Alaska - Bristol Bay - Proposed Pebble Mine
State: Alaska
Region: southwest Alaska, near Lake Iliamna and Lake Clark
Description: The proposed Alaska Pebble Mine project is an extremely large and controversial copper, gold, and molybdenum open-pit mine proposed in one of Alaska’s Crown Jewel watersheds. Draining into Bristol Bay in southwest Alaska, the proposol poses serious threats to clean water and fish habitat... read more
Utah - Bingham Canyon Mine
State: Utah
Region: Salt Lake City, Oquirrh Mountains
Description: Kennecott's Bingham Canyon Mine is situated directly east of the Great Salt Lake in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The largest open pit mine in North America, Bingham has supplied more than 6 billion tons of rock yielding copper, gold, silver and molybdenum and not surprisingly, a tremendous amount of pollution... read more
Idaho - Thompson Creek Mine
State: Idaho
Description: Thompson Creek Molybdenum Mine is Idaho's largest mine at 3,000 acres and is a serious concern for Idahoans who care for Salmon River country. TCM started molybdenum production in 1983 with annual production of 12-18 million pounds. Moly is used to strengthen steel, in lubricants, and for automobile airbags... read more
Idaho - Proposed Cumo Mine
State: Idaho
Description: The Boise River provides more than 20% of the drinking water for the city of Boise, helps irrigate over 300,000 acres of farmland and provides outstanding opportunities for recreation, but this clean water source is at risk from a molybdenum mine proposal in its headwaters... read more
New Mexico - Otero Mesa - Mining
State: New Mexico
Region: near Las Cruces, New Mexico
Description: Conservation groups have worked successfully to safeguard Otero Mesa from oil/gas development for over a decade, but there is a new and even more volatile threat to this wild desert grassland - mining for rare earth minerals, used in the electronics, medical imaging, high tech and even green industries... read more
Idaho - Blackfoot River - Phosphate
State: Idaho
Region: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Description: The Blackfoot River valley is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, home to hundreds of species of wildlife. The region has seen impacts from dozens of phosphate mines, around half of which are Superfund sites. Proper cleanup and halting of future development are essential... read more
Utah - Moab - Potash Mining
State: Utah
Region: West of Moab, Utah
Description: The Moab or Cane Creek potash mine is located 20 miles west of Moab. The mine produces between 700 and 1,000 tons of potash per day. Potash, potassium compounds which occur naturally in areas where ancient oceans once ebbed and flowed, is mainly used for agricultural fertilizer... read more
Arizona - Mining
State: Arizona
Description: Arizona is ranked 5th among the 19 states with toxic emissions from the metal mining industry. Eighty-nine percent of the total reported toxic emissions in Arizona come from the mining industry, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Toxic Release Inventory... read more
Texas - Hudspeth County - Mining
State: Texas
Region: near El Paso, Texas

Just 60 miles south of Otero Mesa in Hudspeth County, Texas, a rare earth mine is already in the early stages of what will likely become a vast open-pit mine. The Texas project is moving forward with great speed and scope, and is focused now on Round Top Mountain, a 5,732-foot peak in the Sierra Blanca Range... read more

Montana - Mike Horse Tailings Dam - Reclamation
State: Montana
Region: Upper Blackfoot River
Description: Today, possibly the biggest threat at the Mike Horse site is the safety of the shored-up tailings dam. The base of the dam is constructed with two million cubic yards of toxic tailings, and water is seeping out, indicating that the dam could be eroding from within. Read More...
Colorado - Climax - Molybdenum
State: Colorado

The Climax Molybdenum mine is located near Leadville, Colorado.  During it's peak production, the mine was the largest molybdenum producer in the world.  The mine was re-opened in May of 2012 and has cranked up production after being closed for 17 years.

Idaho - Golden Meadows Exploration Project
State: Idaho
Region: South Fork Salmon River
Description: The Golden Meadows Exploration Project was proposed by the Midas Gold Co. of Vancouver, British Columbia. The exploration operation would have required hauling nearly 3,000,000 gallons of fuel over a three-year period. The Idaho Conservation League was concerned that a diesel or chemical spill at the site or along routes to the site would pose a direct threat to water quality and recovering fish species.
Colorado - Animas River, Mine Wastewater Spill
State: Colorado
Region: La Plata and San Juan Counties
Description: A reported 3 million gallons of acidic wastewater from the Gold King Mine was released into the Animas River on August 5th, 2015. The Environmental Protection Agency was working with heavy equipment to find a leak at the mine, which has been releasing toxic water into the river for years. Workers instead accidentally caused the wastewater to spill into Cement Creek, which flows into the Animas. Read more...
Montana - Proposed Emigrant Gulch Mine
State: Montana
Region: Greater Yellowstone
Description: In November 2016, the Department of the Interior announced that new mining claims will now be prohibited on approximately 30,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land near Yellowstone National Park’s northern entrance.
Washington - Methow Headwaters
State: Washington
Region: Northern Washington
Description: A group of Methow Valley citizens and businesses called the Methow Headwaters Campaign is asking federal agencies to withdraw 340,000 acres of National Forest land from future mineral exploration and mining. The biodiversity of the area is unique in that the northern boreal forests come together with the desert shrub-steppe. The area supports wildlife from wolverines and Canada lynx to spotted owls, pygmy short-horned lizards and endangered salmon.
California - Bodie Hills - Mining
State: California
Region: Sierra Nevada
Description: The unusual and beautiful Bodie Hills are important wildlife habitat for pronghorn antelope, mule deer and sage grouse. This area, bordering Yosemite and the Sierra Nevada Range, provides a recreational haven for local and tourist economies, and includes Bodie State Park, the Mono Lake National Scenic Area and the Bridgeport Valley.
Montana - Waterton Glacier National Park
State: Montana
Description: The Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park is a designated World Heritage Site and is part of a large preserved ecosystem known as the "Crown of the Continent." Virtually all the plants and animals which existed at the time European explorers first entered the region are present in the park today... read more
New Mexico - Organ Mountains - Desert Peaks National Monument
State: New Mexico
Region: Las Cruces
Description: On May 21st 2014, President Obama designated the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument, becoming the largest National Monument of his presidency.... read more
New Mexico - Rio Grande del Norte
State: New Mexico
Description: On March 25th 2013, President Obama acted to protect 240,000 acres of the Rio Grande del Norte region of New Mexico through a national monument designation. In May 2015, Senators Heinricha nd Udall introduced a bill to designate two wilderness areas within the monument.
Utah - Cedar Breaks National Monument
State: Utah
Region: Cedar City, Utah
Description: Cedar Breaks National Monument is a canyon located on the west side of the Colorado Plateau. This area is known for its external beauty but also contains a treasure chest of information about the mysterious surge of carbon that was released into our atmosphere 56 million years ago... read more
Colorado - Rocky Mountain National Park
State: Colorado
Description: Rocky Mountain National Park is the living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, but it is under threat from people and a bark beetle epidemic. Bark beetles have infected 50,000 acres—about 19 percent of the park, killing tens of thousands of pines since 2002... read more
Arizona - Grand Canyon National Park
State: Arizona
Description: On January 9th 2012, the Obama administration officially announced a ban on new mining on lands near Grand Canyon National Park. The 20-year ban will not affect any existing claims but will prevent any new mining claims in the area which have increased 2,000 percent in the past seven years... read more
FLAA Student Program 2011 - Southwest National Parks
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners States - American Southwest
Description: EcoFlight's 2011 Flight Across America Student Program was a three day intensive study of iconic national parks in the American Southwest and the environmental pressures being imposed on them.  EcoFlight and four students from Colorado Mountain College and CU Boulder flew over 5 national parks... read more
Wyoming - Grand Teton National Park
State: Wyoming
Region: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
Description: Located in northwestern Wyoming, Grand Teton National Park is part of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, which includes the remarkable Teton mountain range, magnificent Snake River corridor, and the incredible and diverse wildlife in the Grand Teton and Yellowstone region... read more
Utah - Zion National Park
State: Utah
Description: Zion National Park is located in southwestern Utah near Springdale.  The geology of the park includes winding canyons, sandstone peaks and high desert plateaus.  Read more...
Utah - Bryce Canyon National Park
State: Utah
Region: Southern Utah
Description: Bryce Canyon is famous for its unique geology. The erosional force of frost-wedging and the dissolving power of rainwater have shaped the colorful limestone rock of the Claron Formation into bizarre shapes, including slot canyons, windows, fins, and spires called "hoodoos"... read more
Colorado - Mesa Verde National Park
State: Colorado, New Mexico
Description: Mesa Verde National Park features thousands of archeological ruins that speak to the lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people, who built cliff dwellings there over 800 years ago. In addition to invasive species and other threats, air quality in the park is being continually degraded by two adjacent coal-fired power plants.
Colorado - National Monument
State: Colorado
Description: Colorado National Monument is located between Fruita and Grand Junction on Colorado's western slope.  The geology of this 32 square mile region showcases beautiful red sandstone canyons of ancient precambrian basement rocks which are only visible in a few places on the Colorado Plateau... continue reading...
Utah - Canyonlands National Park
State: Utah
Description: Canyonlands National Park is located in southeastern Utah and is geologically located in the heart of the Colorado Plateau. Read more...
North Dakota - Theodore Roosevelt National Park
State: North Dakota
Region: Western North Dakota
Description: Theodore Roosevelt National Park includes three geographically separate units located in western North Dakota on the badlands.  The Little Missouri River runs through all three units of the park, with a combined total of 110 square miles.  Continue reading...
Dinosaur National Monument
State: Colorado, Utah
Region: Colorado and Utah
Description: Though it is remotely located in the mountains and canyons of northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument goes through days when the air quality is almost as bad as you might find in major metropolitan areas...
Arizona - Greater Grand Canyon Heritage National Monumet
State: Arizona
Region: Grand Canyon Watershed
Description: More than 100 years ago President Theodore Roosevelt designated the Grand Canyon as a national monument, and since then much more of the Grand Canyon ecosystem has been protected. But the watershed, which includes tributary canyons, grasslands and springs that flow into the Colorado River and Grand Canyon, is still threatened by grazing, increasing motorized use, logging and uranium mining.
National Parks Centennial
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah
Region: U.S. Department of the Interior
Description: On August 25, 2016, the National Park Service turned 100!
California - Joshua Tree National Park
State: California
Region: Mojave Desert/Colorado Desert
Description: Joshua Tree's 794,000 acres preserve portions of two spectacular desert ecosystems. The Colorado Desert in the eastern portion of the park features natural gardens of creosote bush, ocotillo, and cholla cactus. The higher, slightly cooler Mojave Desert features dazzling vistas of Joshua trees and yucca.
Kansas - Wolf Creek Generating Station
State: Kansas
Description: The Wolf Creek Generating Station is Kansas' first nuclear power generating station and provides energy for three utility owners in Kansas and Missouri. Due to its economic benefits, residents of Coffey County are universally in favor of the plant, the reactor for which is cooled by Wolf Creek... read more
Utah – Off Road Vehicles (ORV)
State: Utah
Region: Near Hanksville, Utah
Description: Off-road vehicle (ORV) use on Utah’s public lands is an enormously controversial public lands issue and ORV-caused damage – erosion, water pollution, noise, air-borne dust, crushed and looted archaeological sites — continues to increase in this fragile desert landscape... read more
Colorado - Eagle County - Off Road Vehicles (ORV)
State: Colorado
Description: Senator Udall’s Central Mountains Outdoor Heritage Act will consider bestowing wilderness protections on 236,000 acres in Colorado, including some parts of Eagle County. If enacted, this proposal will curb the impact of industrial tourism and motorized vehicle use in wild places... read more
A Description of Fracking (Hydraulic Fracturing)
Description: Hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” is the means by which drilling companies unlock natural gas reserves that would be otherwise inaccessible. Due to the threats it poses to water and air quality, fracking is one of the most controversial aspects of oil and gas development... read more
Wyoming - Powder River Basin
State: Wyoming
Description: Wyoming's Powder River Basin is experiencing the largest mineral boom in Wyoming history. Coalbed methane (CBM) gas development in the Powder River Basin has been characterized by industry as the "hottest natural gas play" in North America, making CBM development the greatest environmental and cultural threat Wyoming has faced in decades.... read more
Wyoming - Pinedale Anticline and Jonah
State: Wyoming
Region: Upper Green River Valley
Description: The extraordinary Upper Green River Valley in western Wyoming is defined by clear air, clean water, and abundant wildlife. There is substantial energy development on BLM lands here, where gas reserves have proved to be some of the most lucrative in the nation... read more
Wyoming - Wyoming Range
State: Wyoming
Region: Bridger-Teton National Forest
Description: In 2012, the Trust for Public Land, Wyoming Outdoor Council, American Rivers, Citizens for the Wyoming Range, The Wilderness Society, and over 1,000  individuals and organizations worked to raise the $8.75 million to complete a deal with a Texas energy company to buy out all oil and gas leases on 58,000 acres of land in the Hoback. In 2016, the Forest Service released a plan that protects another 40,000 acres from future leasing..... read more
Wyoming - Absaroka Beartooth Front
State: Wyoming
Description: The Greater Yellowstone Coalition is initiating a proactive landscape-scale conservation campaign to protect the Absaroka-Beartooth Front, which constitutes the northeasetrn boundary of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and is critical habitat for all the iconic species in the Ecosystem... read more
Colorado - Roan Plateau
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: In 2012, the Federal District Court ruled that the BLM failed to sufficiently address cumulative effects of drilling on air quality and failed to consider potential ozone impacts of oil and gas development on the Roan Plateau, an island of biological diversity in the sea of development in Colorado... read more
New Mexico - San Juan Basin
State: New Mexico
Description: The San Juan Basin possesses some of the richest oil and gas reserves in North America. While their development benefits both the national and local economies, all of the negative effects are borne by the people and land of the San Juans.

Colorado - Vermillion Basin
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: EcoFlight has been flying Colorado’s spectacular Vermillion Basin for many years to protect it from damaging oil and gas leasing. In June 2010, the BLM’s Little Snake Field Office announced that the Vermillion Basin will be closed from all future oil and gas leasing and drilling... read more
Colorado - Thompson Divide
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: In December 2014, the Forest Service released a final oil and gas leasing plan that closed much of the Thompson Divide to future leasing, and strengthened protections for roadless areas on the White River National Forest. In 2016, the BLM canceled 25 contriversial leases in the area, and legislation was introduced in 2017 to permenantly protect the Thompson Divide... read more
Colorado - Battlement Mesa
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: In May 2009, Antero Resources announced a proposed Comprehensive Development Plan that would include constructing ten well pads and drilling over 200 natural gas wells within the residential area of Battlement Mesa. Some pads could be as close as 400 feet from homes and recreation areas... read more
Colorado - HD Mountains
State: Colorado

Click here and ask President Obama to protect the HD Mountains from oil and gas development.


The HD Mountains today are the subject of an industrial development proposal that calls for the construction of hundreds of coalbed methane wells and associated roads, pipelines, and powerlines that would forever change the appearance, recreational opportunities, and wildlife of the mountain range.

New Mexico - Otero Mesa
State: New Mexico
Region: southern New Mexico
Description: Energy development on this vast Chihuahuan Desert grassland -- inhabited by New Mexico's most robust pronghorn herd, black-tailed prairie dogs and some 250 songbird species -- has been hotly disputed since 1997, when an exploratory well drilled by the Harvey E. Yates Company hit gas... read more
Wyoming - Fortification Creek
State: Wyoming
Region: Sheridan
Description: Coalbed methane development in the Fortification Creek area in the Powder River Basin has been a challenge to environmental groups. The BLM released a proposed final management plan in 2011 for the area, which spans more than 100,000 acres in three counties and is home to an elk herd.... read more
Utah - Nine Mile Canyon
Region: Tavaputs Plateau
Description: The Tavaputs Plateau and the Book Cliffs in Utah mark a gateway into one of the most remote areas of the Lower 48 states, through which the Green River runs. East of the Green is Nine Mile Canyon, promoted as "the world's longest art gallery" and under threat from the oil and gas industry... read more
Montana - Rocky Mountain Front
State: Montana
Description: Congress has enacted legislation that prevents all future leasing of federal oil and gas minerals on the Rocky Mountain Front. An icon of wildlands, wildlife, beauty, and diversity in northwest Montana, the Rocky Mountain Front offers connectivity between summer and winter habitats and intact ecosystems... read more
New Mexico - Four Corners - Oil and Gas
State: New Mexico
Region: San Juan Basin, Farmington and Aztec
Description: The San Juan Basin currently has more than 20,000 producing natural gas wells with a prediction of up to 5,000 more in the upcoming years. Major concerns include the impacts from oil and gas development near homes and farms, as well as on public lands managed by BLM and the Forest Service.... read more
Colorado - North Park
State: Colorado
Region: North Park
Description: Sometimes called the Serengeti of Colorado, North Park is a high basin in the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado. Plans to drill the Niobrara Formation in North Park are drawing concerns from local sportsmen, anglers and conservation groups about the area's delicate resources... read more
Wyoming - Pavillion - Fracking
State: Wyoming
Description: Reports of contaminated groundwater have increased in places like the tiny town of Pavillion, where gas wells outnumber residents. Here, residents are warned not to drink or cook with their water and are told to “ventilate” because of unsafe levels of natural gas in their drinking wells... read more
Colorado - Rifle - Gas Flare
State: Colorado
Description: Flaring is a technique used by the oil and gas industry to burn off unused natural gas. Though better than simply venting the gas into the air, flaring  releases huge amounts of greenhouse gasses and as many as 250 hazardous air pollutants, including carcinogens such as naphthalene and benzene... read more
Colorado - North Fork Valley
State: Colorado
Region: Western slope
Description: The threat of oil and gas in the North Fork Valley has gone back and forth between victory and defeat for conservationists and farmers trying to keep drilling out of the region. In early 2012, 22 parcels were nominated for an oil and gas lease sale, the parcels were removed due to public concerns, but later added back in. Citizens rallied again to finally have the leases deferred again in early 2013.... read more
Utah - Desolation Canyon
State: Utah
Region: Uinta Basin
Description: The Desolation Canyon area is one of the largest roadless areas in the U.S. It's also sitting on top of a large oil formation, making it a target for drilling. The region has had a history of attempts to balance uses of the land. In 2012, the Obama Admnistration approved a project to allow nearly 1,300 new wells... read more
Montana - Blackfeet Indian Reservation - Oil and Gas
State: Montana
Region: Glacier
Description: For the Blackfeet, water is the source of their teachings, philosophy, and values, and members are worried that if natural gas development goes unchecked, their water will be at risk. read more...
Colorado - Piceance Basin Oil and Gas
State: Colorado
Description: How Garfield County came to have more drilling rigs than Saudi Arabia...In 2008, at the peak of the drilling frenzy, more than 2,000 gas wells were drilled in the Piceance Basin. In 2010, Garfield, Mesa and Rio Blanco counties produced 750 billion cubic feet of gas – 3 percent of the U.S. total, with an estimated value that year of $3 more
Colorado - Weld County
State: Colorado
Region: Front Range
Description: Weld County leads the state in oil and gas production with almost 20,000 active oil and gas wells. Weld County, the largest county in Colorado, shares a geological formation called Niobrara Shale with Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska.
Colorado - Parachute Creek Gas Plant Spill
State: Colorado
Region: Garfield County
Description: In January, 2013 crews discoverd a leak at a gas plant on Parachute Creek. It wasn't until March that they reported the contaminated soil – a plume of liquid hydrocarbons surging up from the ground just 50 feet from Parachute Creek. Officials estimate the plume to be 200 feet long, 170 feet wide and 14 feet deep. Benzene has been discovered in ground water and in the creek itself.
Colorado - Oil and Gas Pipelines
State: Colorado
Region: Statewide
Description: A complex pipeline system transports natural gas and other hazardous liquids across thousands of miles over pristine lands and through wildlife habitat, connecting well pads, compressor stations and processing plants for the oil and gas industry in Colorado. Nationwide, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regulates only a small percentage of these gathering lines.
North Dakota - Williston - Bakken Oil
State: North Dakota
Description: The Bakken formation, located in western North Dakota, northeast Montana and part of Canada, is considered to be one of the United States largest oil and gas basins. Since 2008, more than 4,000 new wells have been drilled in the formation.
Colorado - Flooding in Weld County
State: Colorado
Region: Weld County
Description: Extensive flooding in Weld County, CO has damaged oil and gas infrastructure along the South Platte River's floodplain.
Utah - PR Springs Tar Sands
State: Utah
Region: PR Springs, Utah
Description: The state of Utah first gave Canadian based company, U.S. Oil Sands, the green light to proceed with the first tar sands development in the USA, without first obtaining pollution permits or requiring groundwater monitoring. In July 2015, after pressure from environmental groups and a study that found that the area is a recharge zone where snowmelt and precipitation enter the subsurface to feed perennial springs in nearby canyons, state officials denied expansion plans for the project, requiring the company to develop a groundwater monitoring plan, along with air quality assurances, before moving forward.
Pennsylvania - State Forests
State: Pennsylvania
Region: North Central Pensylvania
Description: In January 2015, Governor Wolf signed an executive order placing a moratorium on new leasing for oil and gas drilling in our state parks and forests. This action reinstates a 2010 moratorium on new leases of state lands that was established after agency review determined that no additional state forest acreage was suitable for natural gas development without compromising its natural character.
Colorado - South Park
State: Colorado
Region: South Park
Description: South Park is a high-elevation basin ringed by mountains in central Colorado and is managed by the BLM’s Royal Gorge field office. The 1,000 square-mile basin contains over 200 miles of streams and riparian habitat and the headwaters of the South Platte River.
Colorado - BLM White River Field Office
State: Colorado
Region: Northwestern Colorado
Description: The BLM released a proposed final plan for its Oil and Gas Amendment to a Resource Management Plan for the White River Field Office in Colorado in March 2015. The plan proposes drilling over 15,000 new oil and gas wells in the Piceance Basin (up from 1,800 wells currently) over the next 20 years...
Utah - Moab MLP
State: Utah
Region: Moab BLM Field Office
Description: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released the draft Moab Master Leasing Plan (MLP) in August 2015. Master Leasing and Development Plans (“MLPs”) are a key component of BLM’s new oil and gas leasing reforms. They are designed to help the BLM identify, evaluate and resolve conflicts between oil and gas activity and important resource values, such as wilderness and wildlife habitat, across broad geographic landscapes.
Colorado - Tres Rios Master Leasing Plan
State: Colorado
Region: Western La Plata County and eastern Montezuma County
Description: The BLM’s Tres Rios office is looking at a Master Leasing Plan for western La Plata County and eastern Montezuma County. An MLP is a planning tool that lets both citizens, local governments, park managers and energy companies work to identify where and how responsible oil and gas development can take place, and where conflicts might exist - before leasing occurs.
Colorado and Utah - Red Leaf Research Development
State: Utah
Region: Utah/Colorado
Description: The western United States holds some of the world’s richest deposits of oil shale. The states of Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah together represent more than a third of the earth’s supply.  Red Leaf Resources, Inc. is currently field testing technology to bring this fuel to the market... read more
Colorado - Piceance Basin – Oil Shale Development
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: For 100 years, energy companies have attempted to unlock the large, domestic oil shale resources of northwestern Colorado’s Piceance Basin. For more than a quarter of a century, Shell conducted laboratory and field research on its In Situ (in-ground) Conversion Process to recover kerogen from oily rock formations. In 2013 Shell halted its operations in Colorado and in 2016, Exxon pulled out of its oil shale operations... read more
Idaho - Boise - Proposed Wind
State: Idaho
Region: Boise
Description: Based on its failure to meet the requirement for comprehensive, ecologically sound, and science-based anaylsis in regards to its location, Western Watersheds Project is protesting the China Mountain Project, a proposed wind farm in the Brown's Bench area of Idaho... read more
New Mexico -  Wind
State: New Mexico
Region: Eastern New Mexico
Description: New Mexico has a total of 698 megawatts of wind power capacity installed at seven wind power plants. The first utility-scale wind power plant in New Mexico, near House, commenced operation in July 2003. Known as the New Mexico Wind Energy Center, it is 204 megawatts in capacity... read more
Colorado - Alamosa - Solar
State: Colorado
Region: Southwest Colorado
Description: With nearly 340 days of sunshine a year, 80 acres of land in the San Luis Valley is home to the Alamosa Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Plant, an 8.2 megawatt-dc installation that generates about 17,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power 1,500 homes... read more
Wyoming - Wind
State: Wyoming
Description: Although Wyoming has one of the highest wind power potentials in the U.S., it is important to have an understanding of potential impacts of wind development on affected wildlife in Wyoming. Its geography of high-altitude praries is ideal for both wind development and the habitat of elk and antelope... read more
Arizona - Maricopa County  Solar
State: Arizona
Region: Phoenix, Maricopa County
Description: The Phoenix area is surrounded by both prime solar sites and saltflat landscapes that often go without very much environmental protection. Tour around this desert landscape with EcoFlight and see future solar sights as well as proposed wilderness and conservation areas... read more
California - Palm Springs - Wind Power
State: California
Description: This wind farm on the San Gorgonio Mountain Pass in the San Bernadino Mountains contains more than 4000 separate windmills and provides enough electricity to power Palm Springs and the entire Coachella Valley. Developed beginning in the 1980s, it is one of three major wind farms in California... read more
California - Solar Energy Zones
State: California
Description: Balancing the ability to tap solar energy's potential while minimizing environmental impacts means building a program that guides projects to low-conflict solar energy zones: areas with great solar resources that do not contain critical wildlife habitat, wilderness quality lands or sensitive cultural resources... read more
California - Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System
State: California
Region: Mojave Desert
Description: Thousands of “Heliostat” mirrors are programed to track the sun and point toward a solar receiver filled with water on top a 400 foot high tower. The high temperature turns the water into steam which is piped into a turbine, generating electricity at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System... read more
Arizona - Sun Corridor - Transmission Corridor
State: Arizona
Region: Sun Corridor
Description: Arizona has some of the best solar resource potential in the nation. The state's Sun Corridor stretches from its southern border into Yavapai County several hundred miles north and includes the Phoenix/Tucson "megapolitan" area, one of the fastest growing regions in the nation for the past several decades... read more
Nevada - Ely  - Transmission Corridor
State: Nevada
Description: EcoFlight worked with the Nevada Wilderness Project to survey the Southwest Intertie Project (SWIP), a massive transmission line slated to run from Idaho to Las Vegas. "EcoFlight's timely help was critical to our ability to make this progress," said John Wallin, Director of the Nevada Wilderness Project... read more
Idaho - Boise - Transmission Corridor
State: Idaho
Region: Boise
Description: The federal government has identified public lands in Idaho for renewable energy development and smart grid infrastructure. Recognizing that there are still hidden canyons, wild rivers and pristine plateaus scattered across Idaho, EcoFlight has worked to minimize the potential adverse effects... read more
Arizona & New Mexico - SunZia Proposed Transmission Corridor
State: Arizona, New Mexico
Description: The SunZia Transmission Project is a proposed corridor that would span 500 miles between AZ and NM, posing a serious threat to the wildlife that thrives in the San Pedro Valley and Aravaipa Canyon. Promoters of SunZia tout the project’s necessity for economic stimulus and renewable energy production... read more
Montana - Gallatin Crest
State: Montana
Region: outside of Bozeman
Description: The Gallatin Mountains, a wild rugged range bordered by the Gallatin River to the west and the expansive Yellowstone Valley to the east, directly links the community of Bozeman with the world's first national park. As urban populations rise, so do demands on our natural environment... read more
New Mexico - Albuquerque - Urban Sprawl
State: New Mexico
Region: Albuquerque
Description: One of the faster growing cities in the United States, Albuquerque has not been immune to the negative consequences of growth and urbanization that plagues other cities. Albuquerque's loosely planned sprawl is on a collision course with its finite water supply... read more
Arizona - Phoenix - Sun Corridor
State: Arizona
Description: Since 1960, Arizona has tripled in population and it continues to grow three times faster than the nation as a whole. Running from North of Phoenix to the border with Mexico, the Sun Corridor is equivalent to Indiana in size and population but will add another Indiana's worth of residents by 2040... read more
Nevada - Las Vegas - Urban  Sprawl
State: Nevada
Region: Las Vegas County
Description: Las Vegas, the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States, exemplifies the problems of rampant urban sprawl. Here, one can see the impact of urban sprawl, characterized by its casinos, amusement attractions, and the enormous hotels that double as entertainment parks... read more
Colorado - Crystal River Valley - Urban Planning
State: Colorado
Description: The value of safeguarding the environment and the community's character is evident in the Crystal River Valley, between Carbondale, CO and Redstone. The community-based Crystal River Valley Master Plan is intended to guide future development, inform land use decisions and enhance public amenities... read more
Wyoming - Jackson - Urban Planning
State: Wyoming
Description: The Town of Jackson and Teton County are jointly updating their 1994 Comprehensive Plan — the long-range plan that guides policy, investment, program, and land use decisions — to make sure it reflects the current needs and vision of everyone involved... read more
Colorado - Superior - Urban Sprawl
State: Colorado
Region: Superior
Description: Boulder, Colorado’s surging job growth and limitations on residential growth have had a significant impact on housing demand in adjoining communities. The most striking example is the nearby town of Superior. In 1990 the population of Superior was 255; today it is over 11,000... read more
Colorado - Coal Creek Reclamation
State: Colorado
Region: Crystal River Watershed
Description: Coal Creek, which flows into the Crystal near Redstone, has been impacted by 50 years of coal mining operations. This has resulted in extremely unstable, steep slopes, exposed mining tailings, causing erosion, pollution, sedimentation and stream health more
Utah - White River Basin
State: Colorado, Utah
Description: The White River Basin contains some of the best fish and wildlife habitat in the Colorado River Basin. The presence, and the opportunity for expansion, of native Colorado River Cutthroat Trout in the basin’s high-elevation tributaries makes the White a candidate for landscape-level protection... read more
Colorado - Dolores River
State: Colorado
Region: Southwest Colorado, Canyon County
Description: The Dolores River Canyon is a pristine desert area containing some of the most outstanding canyon scenery in Colorado. It includes benchlands and mesa uplands, portions of five tributary canyons, and a segment is recommended as a wild river under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act... read more
Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River Basin
Description: The Colorado River alone supplies drinking water to 40 million Americans, irrigates 5.5 million acres of farmland, and injects more than $1 billion annually in the region’s recreation and tourism economy. In April of 2013 the Colorado River was named the most endangered river in the country. An outdated system is promising more water than it can supply to a growing number of uses. The river is the major water artery in the Southwest, a region that is drier than the deserts of North Africa. In spite of the lack of rainfall and very high summer temperatures, this dry desert is now home to tens of millions of people and includes some of the major agricultural areas in the United States... read more
Wyoming - Little Snake and Yampa Rivers
State: Wyoming
Region: Southern Wyoming
Description: The Little Snake River Valley is one of the few remaining intact river valleys in the West that has not experienced rampant development. The area is critical wildlife habitat for many species including the largest and most robust population of Columbian sharp-tailed grouse found anywhere in the central Rockies... read more

Utah - Green River
State: Utah
Description: The Green River below Flaming Gorge Dam in far northeastern Utah has world class trout fishing which is a big part of our Western culture and heritage. The river is targeted for a trans-basin water diversion project which could certainly threaten this magnificent river and the fishing there... read more
Kansas - Missouri River
State: Missouri
Description: The Missouri River is a major river of central North America. At over 2,540 miles, it is the longest river on the continent. Throughout its history of industrialization and commerce, the Missouri has been severely polluted and degraded by human activities along its shores... read more
Montana - Clark Fork River
State: Montana
Description: The Clark Fork watershed is a 22,000 square mile area that drains northern Idaho and nearly the entire western portion of Montana. It is home to over a third of Montana's population. The river and its tributaries have a biological, economic, and cultural impact on the entire Northern Rockies... read more
Grand Canyon National Park
State: Arizona
Description: The fragility of Grand Canyon's seeps and springs epitomizes the water issues sprinkling the arid landscape of the Greater Grand Canyon region. A good portion of the Colorado Plateau receives less than 10 inches of rainfall per year, a figure expected to drop further as climate change continues... read more
Colorado - Roaring Fork Watershed
State: Colorado
Description: With a watershed that encompasses an area of nearly 1,500 miles and contributing about 306 billion gallons of water to the Colorado River each year, the Roaring Fork River, including eight 14,000 foot peaks, is central to water conservation efforts on the Western slope... read more
Montana - Tin Cup - Dam Restoration
State: Montana
Region: Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness
Washington - Yakima Basin Integrated Plan
State: Washington
Region: Yakima River Basin
Description: The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan will protect over 200,000 acres of land and about 200 miles of river; improve water quality and quantity; restore salmon and steelhead populations; improve natural and built infrastructure; drive a healthy economy and return jobs to the woods in the Yakima Basin.
Crystal River - Proposed Dams
State: Colorado
Region: Crystal City, CO to Glenwood Springs, CO
Description: In 2012, American Rivers named the Crystal one of America’s most endangered rivers. After diversions for irrigation, the river slows to nearly a trickle at the confluence, leaving little to no room for any other water projects if the river is to remain in healthy condition.
Arizona & Nevada - Lake Mead
State: Arizona, Nevada
Region: on the border of Arizona and Nevada
Description: Lake Mead was once considered the largest reservoir in the U.S., with 28 million acre-feet of water. Unfortunately, because of increasing droughts, growing demand, and flawed political projections, Lake Mead has not reached full capacity since 1983. Continue Reading..
Colorado River Delta
State: Arizona
Region: Sea of Cortez, Mexico
Description: For 6 million years the Colorado River flowed from high in the Rocky Mountains all the way to the Sea of Cortez. But since 1960 it has not regularly flowed to its delta, drying up before it reaches its final destination. Now, thanks to a recent agreement between the US and Mexico, the last 70 miles of the Colorado River are getting a gush of water, or “pulse flow” during the Spring of 2014, in an effort to revive the dried up Delta. This is the first time in history that water has been sent to the Delta in the name of conservation.
Arizona Utah - Lake Powell
State: Arizona, Utah
Region: Upper Colorado Basin
Description: Lake Powell on the border of Utah and Arizona was created when the controversial Glen Canyon Dam was built and flooded Glen Canyon in 1963. Current demand and drought conditions however, are causing parts of Glen Canyon to return.
Colorado - Mesa County Mudslide
State: Colorado
Region: Mesa County
Description: A sea of mud and debris flowed down the green foothills of western Colorado’s Grand Mesa on May 25th, 2014, carving a path of destruction 3 miles long and a half-mile wide.
Montana - East Rosebud Creek
State: Montana
Description: To preserve one of Montana's most hidden treasures, Senator Jon Tester and Senator Steve Daines introduced a bill to designate the East Rosebud Creek as wild and scenic in 2015. The bill, written with local input through years of collaboration, will protect 20 miles of East Rosebud Creek under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. This designation will preserve the free-flowing condition of the pristine creek located south of Roscoe, Montana. Representative Ryan Zinke also introduced similar legislation in the House.
Idaho - Boulder-White Clouds Mountain Range
State: Idaho
Description: Located in the Sawtooth and Salmon Challis National Forests, and without a single road to separate them, the Boulder and White Cloud mountain ranges in central Idaho are home to a vast diversity of wildlife species and constitute part of the largest unprotected roadless areas in the contiguous U.S... read more
Wyoming - Bighorn Basin - Fifteen Mile Basin
State: Wyoming
Region: Bighorn Basin
Description: Citizens are asking the BLM to render the largely pristine Fifteen Mile Basin unavailable to oil and natural gas development, linking three Wilderness Study Areas and preserving their importance as places that support the livelihoods of citizens and wildlife alike... read more
Oregon - Owyhee Canyonlands - Proposed Wilderness
State: Oregon
Region: Southeast Oregon
Description: The Owyhee Canyonlands region consists of over 1.9 million acres and is home to a thriving diversity of plant and animals species, including sage grouse, pronghorns, big horn sheep, and golden eagles.  This area also provides rich recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts of all types... read more
Utah - Greater Canyonlands
State: Utah
Description: The Greater Canyonlands area extends beyond Canyonlands National Park over 1.4 million acres. Threatened by off-road vehicle abuse, oil and gas, nuclear and tar sands mining, this area contains scenic getaways for tourists, 12,000 year old archeological sites, and a rich history of Native American culture.... read more
Montana - Rocky Mountain Front - Heritage Act
State: Montana
Description: In December 2014 the Rocky Mountain Front Outdoor Heritage Act was signed into law, creating 67,000 acres of wilderness and 208,000 acres of National Conservation Areas. The bill created the first wilderness designation in the state since the early 1980s... read more
Colorado - Hermosa Creek
State: Colorado
Region: San Juan National Forest, Southwest Colorado
Description: In December of 2014 a bill passed both the House and the Senate that would protect the Hermosa Creek area and govern the future of the 150,000-acre Hermosa Roadless Area, and over 62 miles of Hermosa Creek and tributaries. The Hermosa Creek watershed encompasses one of Colorado's largest and most biologically diverse forests... read more
Colorado - Gunnison County - Proposed  Wilderness
State: Colorado
Description: The Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign, a citizen-generated plan, is seeking designation of major new wilderness additions on the White River and Gunnison National Forests and nearby BLM lands, to grant the highest protection to some of Colorado’s most precious and threatened public lands... read more
Colorado - Summit County - Proposed Wilderness
State: Colorado
Region: Colorado's White River National Forest
Description: Senator Mark Udall is working with citizens to craft a wilderness plan to protect proposed Hidden Gems wilderness in Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties. A bill introduced by Jarid Polis protects 166,000 acres of wildlands as wilderness and special management areas, including a portion of Summit County... read more
Colorado - Eagle County - Proposed Wilderness
State: Colorado
Description: For years, citizens have been working to expand local wilderness areas in Summit and Eagle Counties, and an updated bill will be introduced in 2015. The new bill will add roughly 40,000 acres to the Eagles Nest and Holy Cross wilderness areas and protect 10,000 acres as special management area.... read more
New Mexico - Otero Mesa
State: New Mexico
Description: Otero Mesa, located in rural southern New Mexico, lies south of the Sacramento Mountains and west of the Guadalupe Mountains. This 1.6 million acre basin is the largest and wildest Chihuahan Desert grassland left on public lands in the U.S. and is targeted for national monument status.. read more
Montana - Upper Missouri Breaks - National Monument
State: Montana
Description: Having been designated as a national monument by President Clinton in 2001, this remote and beautiful landscape, with 149 miles of the Missouri River corridor designated as a National Wild and Scenic River, has finally begun to be recognized as a national treasure... read more
Nevada, Pine Forest Range
State: Nevada
Description: The Pine Forest Range in Northern Nevada has long been a point of destination for anglers, hunters and outdoor enthusiasts. Presently, the range, including Blue Lakes, is dotted by BLM wilderness study areas which, in place since the late 70s, often disallow for much needed conservation work... read more
Colorado - Pitkin County - Proposed Wilderness
State: Colorado
Region: Pitkin County
Description: The Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign, a citizen-generated plan, is working with stakeholders and congressional leaders, seeking designation of major new wilderness additions to the wilderness system in Colorado. A growing number of citizens and businesses have voiced their support for the effort... read more
Colorado, Vermillion Basin
State: Colorado
Description: EcoFlight has been flying Colorado’s spectacular Vermillion Basin for many years to protect it from damaging oil and gas leasing. In June 2010, the BLM’s Little Snake Field Office announced that the Vermillion Basin will be closed from all future oil and gas leasing and drilling... read more
Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
State: Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
Region: Northwest Wyoming, Southern Montana and Southeastern Idaho
Description: The Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem is one of the last remaining large, nearly intact ecosystems in the northern temperate zone of our planet. A 20-million-acre ecosystem requires constant attention to ensure the long-term sustainability of pristine watersheds and abundant wildlife... read more
California -  Desert Conservation and Recreation Act
State: California
Region: Southern California

In February 2016, President Obama designated the Sand to Snow, Castle Mountains and Mojave Trails National Monuments after hearing from thousands of supporters urging him to preserve these important lands. The designations come after nearly a decade of work by Senator Dianne Feinstein and countless others to ensure protections for these areas for recreation and important wildlife values... read more

New Mexico - Chaco Culture National Historical Park
State: New Mexico
Region: Northwestern New Mexico
Description: Chaco National Historical Park is designated as a World Heritage Site and is one of the finest examples of Puebloan culture centers in the Southwestern United States, yet it too is impacted by intensive energy development. Natural gas fields, coal and uranium mines, and coal-fired power plants are especially prevalent... read more
Colorado - Browns Canyon - Proposed Wilderness
State: Colorado
Region: Arkansas River
Description: In February 2015 President Obama designated Browns Canyon National Monument under the authority of the Antiquities Act. The act by the president came after years of work by the local community who built a diverse coalition supporting protection of the area, and a bill introduced by Colorado Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet in 2013..... read more
Colorado, Piñon Canyon
State: Colorado
Description: The uniqueness of the Canyonlands owes primarily to its prehistoric sites, which have remained almost completely undisturbed. The establishment of the Piñon Canyon Maneuver Site (PCMS) touched off a bitter battle with landowners and evolved into a high-stakes condemnation of private property... read more
Montana - Southwestern Crown of the Continent
State: Montana
Description: A vast watershed and series of pristine mountain lakes that feed the Clearwater and Blackwater Rivers (of Robert Redford fame), the Seeley-Swan Valley is surrounded on all sides by towering peaks, intact ecosystem and abundant wildlife. It is a landscape that epitomizes western American wilderness... read more
Idaho - Pioneer Mountain Range
State: Idaho
Description: The Pioneer Mountains region supports tremendous wildlife populations, large working farms and ranches and a wide diversity of ecosystem types. The vast relatively untouched sagebrush habitat is a stronghold for sage grouse, a refuge for the pygmy rabbit and a key migration corridor for pronghorn antelope... read more
Colorado, Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
State: Colorado
Description: The 60,000 acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area is the core of Colorado's third National Conservation Area (NCA), which protects Big and Little Dominguez canyons and the wildlife and solitude that are found in great abundance there... read more
Colorado, Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area
Region: West-Central
Description: Just north of Montrose in west-central Colorado, the Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Area is a diverse landscape ranging from adobe badlands to rugged pinon and juniper-covered slopes. The NCA supports a variety of upland, riparian, and aquatic wildlife species and habitats... read more
Colorado - Roadless Areas
State: Colorado
Region: Mamm Creek, Currant Creek, Kannah Creek, Flat Tops
Description: After a decade of litigation, rulemaking and public input, Colorado's Roadless Areas are surrounded by much discussion. In April of 2011, the Forest Service re-issued its proposed roadless rule for Colorado, with the intent of it being “at least as protective…and preferably more protective…than the 2001 rule”... read more
Wyoming - Absaroka Beartooth Front
State: Wyoming
Region: Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem

The Shoshone National Forest in northwest Wyoming offers world class recreational opportunities and includes parts of the Wind River, Beartooth, and Absaroka mountain ranges. A Management Plan revision process is currently underway to draw attention to high-priority wild areas in need of permanent protection... read more

Montana - An Overview
State: Montana
Description: Bruce Gordon and Jane Pargiter take off in their Cessna 210 every summer and are lucky enough to spend 30 to 40 days flying collaborative groups and the press over Montana to give them the big bird’s eye view perspective on Montana’s environmental challenges... read more
Washington, Yakima Basin - Western Governors Association 2012
State: Washington
Region: Pacific Northwest
Description: EcoFlight flew governors and their staff over proposed Alpine Lakes wilderness; an integrated water management plan in the Yakima River Basin; the wildlife overpass on I-90 and some of the great natural areas that Washington has to offer, like the Snoqualmie Summit and the Cascade Mountain Range... read more
Wyoming - North Fork of the Powder River
State: Wyoming
Region: Bighorns
Description: Located about 30 miles southwest of Buffalo in Johnson County, the North Fork of the Powder River wilderness proposal area is surrounded by private land. Access to the area is virtually impossible by foot. The overflight provided a useful perspective for assessing the the North Fork Powder River Wilderness Study area, and additional 6,000 acre citizens' wilderness proposal area read more...
Arizona - Proposed Rosemont Copper Mine
State: Arizona
Region: Santa Ritas
Description: In 2012 the USFWS announced plans to establish more than 838,000 acres as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar. The habitat area would include the Santa Ritas, where the proposed copper mine would be located.
Montana, North Fork of the Flathead River
State: Montana
Region: Whitefish, Montana

In December 2014, Congress passed the North Fork Watershed Protection Act to safeguard the North Fork Flathead River Valley (headwaters to Glacier Park and Flathead Lake). The legislation furnishes permanent protections on the U.S. side of the North Fork watershed and precludes new oil and gas development and mining.  Continue reading...

Colorado - San Juan Mountains - Proposed Wilderness
State: Colorado
Description: The San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act in the southwestern corner of Colorado will designate 33,000 acres of spectacular wild lands as wilderness, both expansions of current wilderness areas such as Lizard Head and Mount Sneffels wilderness areas and also to establish a new area called McKenna Peak in western San Miguel County, and create the Sheep Mountain Special Management Area along the alpine ridge between San Miguel and San Juan Counties, and prohibit oil and gas development in Naturita Canyon near Norwood...continue reading...
Montana - Lee Metcalf Wilderness
State: Montana
Region: Southwest Montana
Description: Every year, thousands come to Montana to enjoy the wilderness area named in honor of Lee Metcalf. 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the designation of the Lee Metcalf Wilderness – 259,000 acres distributed across the Madison Range in southwest Montana... Continue reading...
Colorado - Pawnee National Grassland
State: Colorado
Region: East of Fort Collins and Greeley Colorado
Description: The nearly 200,000-acre Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins in Colorado, is a mixed-grass prairie that supports an incredible diversity of life. Continue reading...
North Dakota - Killdeer Mountains
State: North Dakota
Region: Western North Dakota
Description: The Killdeer mountains of North Dakota are located a short distance northwest of the town of Killdeer.  This area is part of the badlands and was the site of the infamous Battle of Killdeer Mountain.  EcoFlight flew members of the Killdeer Mountain Alliance over the scenic area’s of these mountains and the nearby oil and gas development, which is threatening cultural, historical and recreational uses of the region. Continue reading...
Colorado - Mamm Peak Roadless Area
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: The Mamm Peak roadless area is located approximately 8 miles south of Rifle, on the north slope of Battlement Mesa. With dramatic peaks, grassy meadows, steep shale cliffs, and thick forests, this roadless area is more than just a majestic scenic resource.
Wyoming - Red Desert
State: Wyoming
Description: The Red Desert is one of the few remaining great high elevation deserts left in the United States, and is considered by many the last truly wild place in the west. Within its 6 million acres are towers of sandstone, colorful badlands, slot canyons, and the largest chain of shifting sand dunes in North America. Continue reading...
Utah - San Rafael Swell
Region: Central Utah
Description: The San Rafael Swell, with its miles of twisting sandstone spires, towering mesas and hoodoos, has long been a draw for hiking and canyoneering, and parts of the area have been considered for protection under various designations such as national park, national monument, national conservation area, and wilderness.
Wilderness - 50th Anniversary
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Western United States
Description: 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act...The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as an area “...affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable...where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain...”
Montana - Badger Two Medicine Area
State: Montana
Region: Glacier

The B2M is a Traditional Cultural District (TCD) under the National Historic Preservation Act because of its religious and cultural significance to the Blackfeet Nation. For over 30 years, citizens, energy companies and the federal government have been battling over oil and gas leases in the area, and in 2016 the BLM finally canceled the contested oil & gas lease.

Wyoming - Shoshone National Forest
State: Wyoming
Region: Northwest Wyoming
Description: The Shoshone National Forest in Northwest Wyoming contains parts of the Absaroka, the Beartooth and the Wind River Ranges and nearly 2.5 million acres of some of the most raw and rugged country in the Lower 48.
Wyoming - Palisades Wilderness Study Area
State: Wyoming
Region: Bridger-Teton and Targhee National Forests
Description: The 2008 Bridger-Teton National Forest Evaluation of Wilderness Potential ranked the area as 12 out of 12 in terms of wilderness potential, topping the scale in all categories evaluated including naturalness and undeveloped character, outstanding opportunities for solitude and unconfined recreation, special features, and manageability.
Utah - Bears Ears National Monument
State: Utah
Region: San Juan County
Description: The 1.35 million acre monument is a landscape of deep, carved canyons, long mesas, inspiring arches, and arresting red rock formations. The monument’s namesake, the Bears Ears, are twin buttes in the heart of the...
Colorado - BLM Royal Gorge Field Office
State: Colorado
Region: Eastern Colorado
Description: The BLM lands throughout the Royal Gorge region contain spectacular landscapes and wilderness characteristics that sustain our community’s economy and our land’s health. The Royal Gorge management plan revision is a critical process for updating how the region’s natural heritage and wilderness lands are conserved...
Colorado - Forest Health Index
State: Colorado
Region: Aspen; Roaring Fork Valley
Description: As climate change continues to trigger dramatic changes in our forest ecosystems, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies’ (ACES) For the Forest program is committed to producing groundbreaking scientific research on forest issues and actively restoring our forest landscapes. Educational initiatives include the Forest Health Index, which provides an annual “report card” for our watershed’s forests using over 20 indicators...
Idaho - Scotchman Peaks
Description: The Scotchman Peaks Roadless Area encompasses 88,000 acres of diverse and unique public lands in northern Idaho and northwestern Montana. Known for its thriving mountain goat herd, the area is also a refuge for rare fish and wildlife species such as bull trout and grizzly bear.
Idaho - High Divide
State: Idaho
Description: The High Divide is one of the most important linkage areas in the Northern Rockies, connecting valuable tracts of wildlife habitat: the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, Central Idaho, and the Crown of the Continent ecosystem. Ensuring wildlife can move through the High Divide to any of these core regions is essential to keeping healthy wildlife populations intact.
Montana - Blackfoot Clearwater Stewardship Project
State: Montana
Region: Southern Crown of the Continent
Description: For the past decade, Montanans have worked together to hash out a lasting solution for our public lands in the Blackfoot-Clearwater valley. Timber industry reps, snowmobilers, outfitters and guides, and conservationists have collaborated to create a legislative proposal for a landscape-style approach to balancing the needs of timber and restoration, recreation and conservation in the Seeley and Ovando areas in the Southern Crown of the Continent.
Wyoming - Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Area
State: Wyoming
Description: Created in the 1984 Wyoming Wilderness Act, the Shoal Creek Wilderness Study Area (WSA) is a beautiful roadless area that forms the southern front of the Gros Ventre Range, reaching to the foothills of the Hoback basin.
Colorado, I-70 Wildlife Bridge
State: Colorado
Region: Vail Pass
Description: Interstate 70 is often called the Berlin Wall to Colorado’s wildlife, because it presents an almost impassable barrier to animals migrating between the southern and northern parts of the state. There are several points where wildlife can go under the highway, but they are not always located where animals traditionally cross. read more...
Wyoming - Pronghorn Migration
State: Wyoming
Region: Jackson Area
Description: Bruce Gordon narrates an informative video about pronghorn migration in Wyoming.  This video also covers the potential problems associated with natural gas drilling in Wyoming's Pinedale and Jonah regions and how that could affect animal migration corridors... read more
Wyoming - McCullough Peaks - Wild Horses
State: Wyoming
Region: The McCullough Peaks Herd Management Area - Near Cody, WY
Description: The BLM manages herd populations under the direction of the Wild Free-Roaming Horses and Burros Act of 1971. The McCullough Peaks Horse Management Area (HMA) is located 12 to 27 miles east of Cody (70 miles east of Yellowstone Park) and encompasses 109,814 acres of land... read more
Utah - Beaver Management Plan
State: Utah
Region: Southern Utah
Description: EcoFlight flew a team over southern Utah to look at potential locations for beaver reintroduction. The Grand Canyon Trust is working on a new Utah beaver management plan. Acting as the ground troops (air troops in our case) they are looking at 82 streams in the state for suitable beaver habitat... read more
Montana, Gallatin Crest - Wildlife
State: Montana
Region: Gallatin Mountain Range
Description: The Gallatin Mountain Range is a backyard playground for the growing communities of Bozeman, Big Sky, Livingston, Gardiner, and West Yellowstone. But for hundreds of years, it's been a more permanent home for wild populations of grizzly, elk, and elusive wolverines. Read More...
Wyoming - Mule Deer Migration
State: Wyoming
Region: Red Desert to Hoback
Description: The longest ungulate migration ever recorded in the lower 48 was recently discovered by a group of researchers at the University of Wyoming. Migration routes of mule deer were found to extend 150 miles from the Red Desert via the Wind River Range to its northernmost point of Hoback Junction in the Wyoming Range.
Colorado - White-tailed Prairie Dog Habitat
State: Colorado
Region: NW Colorado, NE Utah, Wyoming and central Montana
Description: The majority of the white-tailed prairie dog's remaining habitat is on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, much of which is leased for oil and gas drilling. Livestock and other native herbivores have intensively grazed the land that is not leased by the BLM. Even though the range of white-tailed prairie dogs has gone down by more than 90%, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied the white-tailed prairie dog Endangered Species Act protection in 2010...
Colorado - Sage Grouse Habitat
State: Colorado
Description: The greater sage grouse once numbered in the many millions across the West, but its population has been in steady decline over the last century. The species now numbers a few hundred thousand spread across 11 Western states. However, this trend is not irreversible.
North Dakota - Prairie Potholes
State: North Dakota

Every spring, millions of ducks and geese pass through the Prairie Pothole Region to nest in the grasslands. After glaciers from the last ice age receded, they left behind the largest grassland in the world, the Great Plains of North America.

California - Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat
State: California
Region: Coachella Valley

The Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (CVMSHCP) is a regional conservation plan that will add over 240,000 acres of permanently conserved open space and protect 27 species, safeguarding the desert's natural heritage for future generations.

2014 High School Kestrel - Public Lands
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: In May 2014, high school students from Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and Aspen, Colorado joined EcoFlight, the Thompson Divide Coalition and Wilderness Workshop for discussions on public lands and how they are managed for resources in the surrounding communities. Students learned about the process through which oil and gas leases are sold, and how the ranching and conservation community has united in the effort to protect the area known as the Thompson Divide.
2012 Flight Across America - Upper Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River
Description: Flight Across America 2012 focused on water conservation concerns in the Upper Colorado River Basin, emphasizing the crucial role water plays in sustaining natural and societal life. With our college level students, the program took an aerial look at water and its relation to the health of ecosystems, energy development, urban planning, recreation, agriculture, and wildlife habitat in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming...
2010 Flight Across America - Renewable Energy
State: Colorado, New Mexico
Description: EcoFlight's 2010 Flight Across America Student Program took four high school students from the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado, to study renewable energy and transmission and wildlife corridors in depth, and teamed up with students from the Santa Fe Indian School for a seminar and overflights of wind farms in New Mexico.... read more
2010 Kestrel High School Program - Hidden Gems Wilderness
State: Colorado
Region: Pitkin County
Description: In November 2010, high school students from the Roaring Fork Valley took part in a study of the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal areas, flying over the White River National Forest and nearby BLM lands to see where there will be several brand-new wilderness areas, and significant increases in the existing ones.... read more
2009 Flight Across America - Mountain Pinebeetle
State: Wyoming
Region: Jackson
Description: EcoFlight's 2009 Flight Across America Student Program studied the pine beetle infestation occurring in the Rocky Mountain region, specifically in Colorado and Wyoming. Three high school students from Colorado were selected to accompany EcoFlight to Jackson, Wyoming and the Teton Science School, to study the white bark pine beetle infestation in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem... read more
2011 Kestrel High School Program - Thompson Divide
State: Colorado
Description: In May 2011, high school students from the Roaring Fork Valley took part in EcoFlight's Kestrel Program on natural gas drilling, with a roundtable seminar focused on gas development in the Thompson Divide area and then seeing the contrast between pristine and developed landscapes for themselves from the air... read more
2011 Flight Across America  - National Parks
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners States - American Southwest
Description: EcoFlight's 2011 Flight Across America Student Program was an intensive study of iconic national parks in the U.S. Southwest and the environmental pressures being imposed on them.  EcoFlight and four students from CU Boulder and Colorado Mountain College flew over five Southwestern national parks... read more
2012 Kestrel High School Program - Piceance Basin
State: Colorado
Description: In March 2012, students and faculty from the John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado took part in an EcoFlight Kestrel Program studying oil and gas development in the Piceance Basin and looking at how large-scale development impacts the environment and nearby more
2012 Kestrel High School Program - Thompson Divide
Description: In late May 2012, students from Colorado Rocky Mountain School took part in an EcoFlight Kestrel Program on oil and gas development as part of their AP Environmental Science studies. Students flew over proposed drilling sites in the Thompson Divide area, and over the Roan Plateau where intensive oil and gas development is already taking place at the base and on the western one-third of the top of the plateau... read more
2012 Kestrel College Program - Thompson Divide
State: Colorado
Description: In late July 2012, students from University of Colorado, Boulder INVST Community Leadership Program took part in EcoFlight's Kestrel Program on natural gas leases in the Thompson Divide in Colorado. SG Interests is preparing to apply for permits to drill wells on thousands of acres in the Thompson Divide... read more
2011 Kestrel College Program - Roan Plateau
State: Colorado
Description: In late July 2011, Colorado University INVST Community Leadership students rounded out their natural gas studies with Kestrel Program overflights of the Thompson Divide area, to see for themselves where drilling is proposed and then over energy development on the Roan Plateau near Rifle, Colorado, where drilling has more
2013 Flight Across America - Wild Land Designations
State: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Description: Flight Across America (FLAA) 2013 focused on the multiple designations of wild land protections that exist in today’s era, and the threats that wilderness quality lands are facing in the West.  Continue reading...
2014 Flight Across America - 50 Years of Wilderness
State: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming
Description: Flight Across America 2014 (our annual multi-state student program) focused on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act: the importance of wilderness designations for our public wild lands, and the threats that wilderness quality lands are facing in the West, and the difficulty of obtaining these designations in the current political climate.
2013 Kestrel High School Program - Wilderness
State: Colorado
Region: Elk Mountain Range
Description: EcoFlight helped facilitate a student photo contest focusing on Wilderness. Selected high school students were joined by a professional photographer for the aerial perspective of designated Wilderness in the Elk Mountains, and coaching on photography, which they submitted into the contest.
2015 Kestrel College Program
State: Colorado
Region: North Fork Valley
Description: EcoFlight partnered with University of Colorado’s INVST Community Studies students during a tour of conventional and alternative energy production on public lands, agriculture, and communities working to make an impact through local, organic farming economies. Students met with conservationists, energy industry representatives and local farmers.
2015 Flight Across America - Megadrought
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Colorado River Basin
Description: Flight Across America 2015 focused on water conservation concerns in the West, emphasizing the crucial role water plays in sustaining life, and the mega drought happening in many states across the West. The program provided an excellent learning environment for students, combining the aerial perspective of the role of water in the health of ecosystems and how watersheds connect landscapes, with on-the-ground discussions of the impact of energy development, urban planning, recreation and agriculture on our water resources.
2016 Flight Across America - National Park Centennial
State: Arizona, Colorado, Utah
Region: Southwest

In celebration of this centennial and in preparation for the next hundred years, EcoFlight’s student program focused on the importance of our national parks, the threats to them, and how we can be more inclusive in offering experiences to a wider variety of visitors, and how to include more perspectives in our advocacy.

Students studied Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon and Mesa Verde, National Parks, Colorado National Monument, and the proposed Grand Canyon and Bears Ears National Monuments.

State: Belize
Description: Belize, a severely impoverished Central American country with one of the world’s richest habitats for diverse fauna and flora is at a crossroads with the dual problems of trying to preserve its natural heritage while both succumbing to and fending off wealthy developers... read more