Richard Knight

Richard Knight works at the intersection of land use and land health in the American West. A professor of wildlife conservation at Colorado State University, he received his graduate degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin. He sits on a number of boards including the Science Board of the Malpai Borderlands Group, The Partnership of Rangeland Trusts, The Land Conservation Assistance Network, and the Colorado Land Library. He was formerly on the Board of Editors for both Conservation Biology, and for Ecological Applications. In 2007 Colorado State University honored him with the Broad of Governors Excellence in Teaching award. He is a five-time recipient of the Student’s Choice for Favorite Faculty Member in the Warner College of Natural Resources. His most recent book (2020) is Twenty-five Years of Keeping Working Lands in Working Hands: The Story of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust.


The West is an exploiter’s paradise

By Richard Knight

High on a mesa where everyone can see it, a trophy house is going up in the northern Colorado valley…

Outside Capitol Reef, photo courtesy of Michael Shoemaker


Sometimes, the simplest things can help wildlife

By Richard Knight Heather Dannahower

“Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roamWhere the deer and the antelope playWhere seldom is heard a discouraging…

Ranch manager Zach Thode, works beside professors and students to help wildlife


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