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Opinion: Climate change is making Rocky Mountain forests more flammable now than at any time in the past 2,000 years

The records of past fires preserved in the sediment of 20 lakes in the central Rocky Mountains showed that areas that used to burn once every 230 years now can be expected to burn every 117 years.

Climate

The slow fade of Colorado’s mountain pine beetle is triggering a massive shift in the timber industry

Loggers and sawmills prepare for a downturn in supply of beetle-kill timber 15 years after a surge of pests began their devastating march through 3.3 million acres of Colorado forests.

Business

Matriarch of Colorado outdoor volunteerism stepping down from “mothership of community stewardship”

Ann Baker Easley has served nearly 40 years growing and wrangling a network of volunteers across Colorado. She’s retiring from Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado as funds flow and volunteers waitlists grow.

Outdoors

Rep. Neguse, Sen. Wyden: Why America needs a 21st century Civilian Conservation Corps

The answer to the forestry debate is neither clearcuts, nor letting everything burn. The answer is putting people to work in the woods to manage our forests.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Our Capitol Christmas Tree makes me wish for healthy Colorado forests

Opinion Columns

Huge western fires in 1910 changed U.S. wildfire policy. Will today’s conflagrations do the same?

Known as the Big Blowup, the 1910 fires helped birth the Forest Service, but so far, climate change and the burning West have spurred little action.

Wildfire

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

Opinion: Super fires across the West have many causes, but one gets little attention

Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and ranch owner Louis Bacon say super fires should not be the new normal

Opinion Columns

Trump’s “energy dominance” push changing plans for 3 million acres of Colorado land, local stewards say

State and local agencies -- and more recently, Gov. Jared Polis -- prioritized conservation during years of public input and discussion. Now those objectives are in jeopardy.

Environment