Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors

A world-renowned climate research site near Crested Butte is now protected by a conservation easement

The Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic has spent almost a century working to protect pristine swaths of wild lands. The research site, which draws scientists from across the globe every summer and ranks among the world’s largest, oldest and most productive field stations, now is permanently protecting its entire 270-acre research site. As part […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, Environment, Outdoors, Water

How will Western water be affected by climate change? A tiny Colorado flower may have the answer

The question biologist Heidi Steltzer is trying to answer is this: How much water does the tiny prairie smoke – a diaphanous pink mountain flower – send into the sky? The answer could say a lot about how much water cities from Denver to Los Angeles will have as a changing climate tampers with the […]

Posted inCulture, Environment, Outdoors

Technicolor explosion of wildflowers springs from epic snowpack in Colorado’s high country

Residents of Crested Butte have been wearing out superlatives as the piles of snow around the Wildflower Capital of Colorado have slowly begun to disappear. “Astounding!” “Extraordinary!” “Incredible!” Those adjectives are popping up from petal peepers like the blooms that had been lying in wait under the epic, late-melting snow. After a few sunny days […]