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Forest Service OKs Vail Resorts plan to restore Keystone tundra. But expanded terrain’s opening will be delayed.

The U.S. Forest Service is allowing Vail Resorts to continue building a new lift at Keystone after the company submitted a plan to repair tundra damaged by a temporary road that extended beyond permitting boundaries. But the monthlong delay in construction will prevent the resort from opening new terrain in Bergman Bowl by this winter. White […]

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Can Copper Mountain do something about climate change using its own slopes? 

Ski area officials in the West know they will lose up to 25% more of their snowpack between now and 2050, after suffering through 20% losses already in a decadeslong drought.  Through snowmaking from local river water and isolated geographic luck, Colorado ski areas have managed so far to avoid devastating impacts from climate change […]

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Forest Service halts new Keystone chairlift after resort mistakenly builds road in protected tundra

The U.S. Forest Service has halted construction of a new lift in Keystone after the resort mistakenly built a temporary road in protected alpine tundra. Keystone has Forest Service permission to build a road to the bottom of its new Bergman Bowl chairlift and a temporary road higher in the bowl to access lift towers. […]

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Rainbow Gathering picks remote area near Steamboat Springs for its angst-inducing 50th annual meeting of tribes

A Rainbow Family council convening this week outside Oak Creek has announced its 50th annual Rainbow Gathering of the Tribes will be in the remote Adams Park area of Routt National Forest, north of Hayden.  The loosely knit group’s “Spring Council” announced the location of its annual gathering on Facebook on Tuesday, with detailed directions […]

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Federal judge blocks plan for 35 gas wells on national forest land in western Colorado 

A U.S. District Court judge blocked a plan approved by federal agencies for 35 fracked gas wells across 30,000 acres of U.S. Forest Service land between Gunnison and the Grand Mesa, handing a victory to environmental groups suing the government for failing to take climate change into account in approving new drilling.  U.S. District for […]

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Peak near Evergreen renamed Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain as slurs are stripped from Colorado landmarks

By Corinne Westeman, Clear Creek Courant The U.S. Board on Geographic Names has approved the petition to rename a Clear Creek County peak Mestaa’ėhehe Mountain. The board approved changing the name from Squaw Mountain, a name government bodies have recognized as a slur, during a meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C. Teanna Limpy, director of the Northern Cheyenne […]

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Colorado gets a 43rd state park under first-in-the-nation deal with the Forest Service

SWEETWATER LAKE — The newest federal land in Colorado will become the state’s 43rd state park in a first-of-its-kind partnership between the state and the U.S. Forest Service. What started as an effort to protect 488 acres surrounding Sweetwater Lake above the Colorado River from private development on Wednesday became the country’s first state park […]

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A recent timber sale is about to send 250 giant logging trucks through a pristine Grand Mesa Nordic skiing area

High atop the Grand Mesa in Western Colorado, where elevation and a rippling topography come together to create some of the state’s prime early-season cross-country ski terrain, logging is about to collide with recreation. A planned timber sale near the Grand Mesa Nordic Council’s Skyway trail system will allow logging trucks to rumble over a […]