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Rafting the Colorado

Water to the people: Reforming Colorado law in the public interest

June 2, 2012
Water is our deliverance in the West, but it can also imprisons us, and establishing a new give-and-take that considers the public foremost will not...
NPS ranger with kids

Calling all citizen scientists

April 2, 2012
You summer hike could help scientists connect some dots.
Half Dome cables

Crowd control and wilderness redux at Half Dome

March 1, 2012
In the Half Dome Trail Stewardship Plan Environmental Assessment, the NPS also considers the effects of high use on visitor experience and on “...
Natural gas wells

Air Apparent: Cutting emissions from oil & gas development

February 8, 2012
It used to be that oil and gas development happened somewhere ‘out there’ in rural areas that most of us living in the highly-populated areas of the...

Billion dollar baby: Why the Flaming Gorge pipeline is bad for the...

September 13, 2011
Today the Colorado Water Conservation Board will consider a $150,000 grant request to create a special state-funded task force to study the...
Ozone pollution

Defending Obama’s Decision to Withdraw the Ozone Rules

September 8, 2011
Given the complexity associated with the process for setting NAAQs, and getting the NAAQS implemented through the SIP process, it seems fair to...
Climate, Other

National Wildlife Refuges: Keeping the wild in them

April 5, 2011
It wasn’t until recently, when I learned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is planning for the future of the refuges, and asking the public...
Statue of Liberty with solar light

Conservation: Red, white and blue is the new green

March 23, 2011
Despite what freshman Republican lawmakers would have us believe, giving a flying finch about the environment is very American.

Draft Forest Planning Rule: Public comment ideas

March 16, 2011
The bottom line is that the current planning process is too complex, too time-consuming, and too fraught with unnecessary decisions and choices that...
Bald eagle

Draft Forest Planning Rules: A first look

February 14, 2011
The much-anticipated draft Forest Service land use planning rules were released today. There is much to like about the new draft rules but, as with...
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