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Pritchett: Conservation from 1,500 feet reveals an important — if slightly unnerving — perspective

For 20 years, the nonprofit EcoFlight has offered politicians and press, scientists and students the big picture of the West


The Colorado River Basin’s water forecast looked good in January. Now everything has changed.

Data collected from Colorado River Basin sensors recorded near- or record-low snowfall in the last three weeks of January


Colorado voters typically reject tax hikes. There’s an exception when it comes to funding parks and trails.

Open space advocates hope the recent support for protection of outdoor spaces is not a pandemic blip but a border-to-border commitment to conservation.


Opinion: Breckenridge isn’t fighting climate change alone

New state environmental laws give local efforts a boost

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Dog searches Colorado mountains for bees, the canaries in the coal mine for climate change

Darwin, a German shorthaired pointer, was trained as a conservation detection dog to seek out bumblebees and their nests


Western wildfires, drought, coronavirus boost public fears about the state of public lands, new polls shows

The survey of people in Colorado and 7 western states reveals spiking concerns about climate change, strong support for action, and how communities of color take public lands issues personally


U.S. Forest Service approves protection of Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake, but big questions remain

Interior Sec. David Bernhardt’s order on Friday requires new provisions for Land and Water Conservation Fund allocations, further clouding the Great American Outdoors Act.


States, land managers still waiting for details on conservation funding under Great American Outdoors Act

Congress promises its own Land and Water Conservation Fund funding plan if Trump Administration federal land managers don’t provide specifics. “Apparently, they’ve already lost their interest in taking care of our public lands,” said Colorado’s Democratic U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet.


A bold plan to protect 30% of Colorado lands and waters by 2030

Conservation groups hope to corral lawmakers, land managers, tribes and private landowners in a mission to add 14 million acres to Colorado’s trove of 6 million protected acres.


Kill fish to save fish: Behind Colorado’s effort to revive the Rio Grande cutthroat trout

The multi-agency project to restore the native species has been years in the making. But the optics still can be shocking.


Opinion: We argued for years. But now we’re working together to benefit people and fish.

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Conservationists cap 30-year preservation effort with protection of Banded Peak Ranch in southern Colorado

Landscape-scale conservation of entire drainages in Colorado -- like the 10 ranches along southern Colorado’s Navajo River -- could become more common with fully funded Land and Water Conservation Fund.


A world-renowned climate research site near Crested Butte is now protected by a conservation easement

Colorado Open Lands’ easement on 270 acres to protect the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab prevents development and serves as a model for management of conserved land


Opinion: Neguse’s 21st Century Conservation Corps will create positive outdoor experiences for all

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Sweetwater Lake closer to conservation as Forest Service land

The Conservation Fund’s acquisition of the 488-acre lake property sets the path toward protection as White River National Forest land.


Joe Neguse wants to direct billions to public lands to help Western states recover from coronavirus

The Boulder County Democrat says it’s time to “go big and be bold” with his sweeping 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act, which provides economic relief from coronavirus shutdown while investing in overlooked forest management, wildfire mitigation and civilian corps.

Politics and Government

A federal court ruled a coal company couldn’t build a road on public land near Paonia. The company did it anyway.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in early March eliminated an exception that allowed a coal mine expansion in the Sunset Roadless Area


GOCO’s transition to new grant distribution strategy creates avenue for Colorado coronavirus relief

The lottery-funded trust hopes to streamline its grantmaking process to allow larger-scale projects and equitable distribution of funds


Despite coronavirus, I’ll continue to cultivate my garden — and the garden that is Colorado

Colorado authors, thinkers and readers share their thoughts on living through historic times as the state fights the progress of coronavirus

Write On, Colorado

Opinion: Forever means forever. Colorado’s iconic landscapes require “perpetual conservation easements” protection

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