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Inside Colorado’s attempt to police the growing number of homeless camps in national forests

WOODLAND PARK — The campfire is smoldering and a dozen hamburger buns are scattered in the dirt along the edge of the campsite as Earl Huie approaches a 1984 Dodge pickup that he’s seen before.  Huie, a U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officer, has already warned this camper that it’s illegal to live in the […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, COVID, Environment, Outdoors

“Too many uncontrollables”: From coronavirus to wildfires, Colorado’s hunting season brings a slew of uncertainties

Earl Oesterling first noticed the smoke plumes of the Cameron Peak fire near his business, Ivory & Antler Outfitters, in mid-August. He knew that signaled trouble for hunting even beyond the crowds and the drought that already beset the area.  The Jackson County outfitter, located about 20 miles west of what became a massive wildfire […]

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Record traffic in South Platte forest district spurs first-ever designated camping plan

Illegal parking spots that become networks of roads pushing deeper into the forest. Piles of garbage left in campsites. Abandoned, smoking campfires. Illegal shooting. And so much poop.  That’s what pushed Brian Banks to the limit. The messes left by the masses have spurred the district ranger of the Pike National Forest’s 450,000-acre South Platte […]

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Coronavirus has led to record crowds on Colorado’s public lands and plenty of “knucklehead” situations

There is something called the “knucklehead factor” in the algorithm of public land management.  While never spoken of publicly, federal land managers talk among themselves about the challenges of dealing not just with visitors who maybe are not aware of rules, but also with the ones who are irresponsible and dangerous.  And lately, as record-setting […]

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. […]

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Opinion: It’s time to speak up for our wildlife corridors and for our forests

The West’s identity has been shaped by the presence of vast, bountiful public lands that are home to some of America’s most iconic species such as elk, mule deer, pronghorn and Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. Between Colorado and New Mexico, we have over 50 million acres of public lands — a rich estate critical to […]

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Battle over Carbondale to Crested Butte trail begins and ends at the top of McClure Pass. Economics are why.

On the Gunnison County side of McClure Pass, the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail is exactly that: a one-way trail from Pitkin County. And unlike residents of the Crystal River Valley who question the impacts of a trail through their narrow, remote canyon, folks on the Crested Butte side of the trail welcome the path. […]

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Two of Colorado’s largest trees lived for 500 years near Durango. Then came the 416 fire.

There was a whisper of hope. Maybe there would be a little bit of green. Maybe the aerial photos from September captured the wrong tree. But hope faded as the arborists, foresters and scientists reached the blackened grove at the heart of the 54,000-acre, 416 fire, near the confluence of Hermosa Creek and Dutch Creek […]

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The U.S. Forest Service wants to ban target shooting on 1,100 percent more acreage in two of Colorado’s national forests

The U.S. Forest Service wants to increase the acreage where target shooting is prohibited in the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests by more than 1,100 percent as the agency works to limit safety and use conflicts that have grown along with the Front Range’s population explosion. But it says four or five new shooting ranges […]