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.
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
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.
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
Opinion: Forever means forever. Colorado’s iconic landscapes require “perpetual conservation easements” protection
Summit County’s plan to end a conservation easement to build senior housing is riling locals and land trusts
The development-prohibiting easements theoretically last forever. Critics of the housing plan worry an exception will undermine the rule.
Plan to buy remote Sweetwater Lake and transfer it to Forest Service gets boost from Eagle County communities
With nearly $1 million in donations, the Eagle Valley Land Trust is moving ahead with plans to purchase the 488-acre, privately-owned property surrounded by National Forest land
Conservationists hope to tap Land and Water Conservation Fund to preserve land and water on Sweetwater
Historic Sweetwater Lake and 488 acres of land around it near Dotsero has been in the sights of residential developers. But now it could be saved for public access.
Opinion: Funding for public lands remains in jeopardy
Congress needs to include full, permanent, mandatory funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund