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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

Opinion: Colorado’s outdoor enthusiasts and the businesses that serve them have a strong advocate in Congress

Rep. Joe Neguse has lifted up the outdoor industry and helped advance the policy priorities that are key to our member companies and to the millions of individuals who spend time in the outdoors.

Opinion Columns

Outdoor recreation leaders ask Congress to loosen rules restricting Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars

The directors of 13 state recreation offices are asking the federal government to adjust requirements that states and local communities must provide matching funds to secure Land and Water Conservation Fund money

Outdoors

Joe Biden’s pause on oil and gas development on public lands splits conservationists, industry

Conservationists say suspending leasing and drilling offers a chance to overhaul an antiquated natural resources management system. Energy producers predict billions in losses for Western communities.

Energy

Opinion: This Colorado vet is counting on Hickenlooper to defend Colorado’s outdoor treasures

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Passage of landmark Great American Outdoors Act now looks like an election-year show

Opinion Columns

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.

Outdoors
The Painted Wall in Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. In 2017, the park used Land and Water Conservation Fund support to purchase 2,494 acres of land that allowed for better access to the park. The reauthorization of the fund moved out of committee and to the U.S. House floor on Thursday, only 17 days before it is set to expire, promising a vote that could keep the 64-year-old fund alive. (Jason Blevins, The Colorado Sun)

Democrats keep focus on public lands in Colorado, Montana Senate races despite GOP legislative win

The Republican incumbents appeared to have inoculated themselves against attacks when Montana’s Steve Daines and Colorado’s Cory Gardner worked with President Donald Trump to finalize sweeping conservation legislation

Politics and Government

In Colorado, where climate change is front and center, John Hickenlooper is favored to unseat Cory Gardner

The GOP incumbent is linked to Trump, while the moderate, pro-fracking former governor is called “Frackenlooper” by progressives.

Environment

Opinion: Let’s celebrate passage of the Great American Outdoors Act. Now we need the CORE Act.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Applauding the Great American Outdoors Act is no devil’s bargain. We’re all winners.

Opinion Columns

Donald Trump signs Great American Outdoors Act into law

Republican Cory Gardner thanked Trump for "making it happen." Trump thanked Gardner for championing the legislation.

Politics and Government

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.

Outdoors

White House sends reinforcements to aid Colorado’s Cory Gardner

Gardner talked to reporters about a number of hot-button issues, including renaming military installations named after confederate leaders, kids returning to in-person classes as the coronavirus crisis continues and federal intervention in local protests

Politics and Government

Opinion: The Great American Outdoors Act drew bipartisan back-patting. But what are we celebrating?

Opinion Columns

Great American Outdoors Act heads to Trump as Cory Gardner leans on measure in reelection bid

The Republican U.S. senator, who is facing an uphill election battle, has run ads touting his work on the legislation and in recent weeks toured western Colorado to celebrate the bill

Politics and Government

Opinion: Let’s create jobs in the outdoors because hard work pays off for all of us

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Cory Gardner is at it again. Don’t fall for a fake concession.

Opinion Columns

Opinion: Protecting Colorado’s rivers and water is investing in our future

Opinion Columns

U.S. Senate passes measure to fully fund Land and Water Conservation Fund, tackle National Park maintenance

After years of stalled efforts, the Great American Outdoors Act gained traction thanks to Colorado’s U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner, who won backing from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Donald Trump

Politics and Government