Posted inBusiness, Environment, News, Newsletters, Outsider

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

Colorado’s forests have been waging a losing battle against tree-killing beetles for more than 15 years. Now, after marching across the state and killing millions of acres of pine forest, the burrowing, fungus-spreading mountain pine beetles are slowly losing steam.   While other beetles have thrived in Colorado’s drought-ravaged mountains, the mountain pine beetles have reigned […]

Posted inCOVID, Environment, News, Outdoors

Coloradans’ increased use of public lands during coronavirus is taking its toll

Seth Boster, The Gazette COLORADO SPRINGS — Scott Fitzwilliams was supposed to be off work. But as supervisor of America’s most trafficked national forest,“ you’re never off work,” he says. So there he was Fourth of July weekend, supposed to be enjoying the serenity he had always known at a lake within White River National […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government, Wildfire

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

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse on Thursday introduced comprehensive legislation that aims to help Western economies better recover from the pandemic while addressing long standing conservation, forest management and wildfire challenges on public lands.  The Boulder County Democrat’s 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act is a mouthful and a big ask. […]

Posted inOpinion, Write On, Colorado

They say we’re not “out of the woods” yet. So let’s appreciate the coronavirus woods.

Not Out of the Woods © Bob Calhoun “Not out of the woods”,say the epidemiologists, not yet;the virus being with us much  longer;“Until a vaccine”, they repeat,“We’re not out of the woods…” And those of us in this second half of life,awarded a new classification of “most vulnerable,”however difficult it is to embrace,finding ourselves hunkered […]