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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 inColoradans, Environment, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

U.S. Forest Service ranks protecting Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake high on its list of funding priorities

The U.S. Forest Service last week released its list of top priority land acquisitions for 2021 and the purchase of 488 acres around Garfield County’s Sweetwater Lake made the top 10.  After a year-long campaign to acquire and protect the lake and surrounding acreage in the shadow of the Flat Tops Wilderness, the Forest Service […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government, Water

Aurora, Colorado Springs own water near Leadville. They may need to redraw a wilderness area to access it.

Aurora and Colorado Springs want to siphon more water from Homestake Creek, even if it requires slightly shrinking the boundary of the Holy Cross Wilderness to build a new reservoir.  The cities’ request to drill test holes to better study the viability of a new dam below their Homestake Reservoir comes as Colorado’s congressional delegation […]