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U.S. Forest Service approves protection of Colorado’s Sweetwater Lake, but big questions remain

Interior Sec. David Bernhardt’s order on Friday requires new provisions for Land and Water Conservation Fund allocations, further clouding the Great American Outdoors Act.

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Interior Sec. David Bernhardt’s order on Friday requires new provisions for Land and Water Conservation Fund allocations, further clouding the Great American Outdoors Act

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.

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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)

E-bike rules for BLM, Forest Service trails both thrill and rile backcountry users

As federal land managers consider opening trails to electric bicycles, conversations about new opportunities for access to public lands mixes with concerns about impacts to wildlife and traditional non-motorized travelers.

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Opinion: Colorado wildfire season reinforces the need for mitigation and resiliency

Opinion Columns

A bold plan to protect 30% of Colorado lands and waters by 2030

Conservation groups hope to corral lawmakers, land managers, tribes and private landowners in a mission to add 14 million acres to Colorado’s trove of 6 million protected acres.

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“Bigger than a trail”: Grand Valley’s Palisade Plunge set to open after 10 years of planning, partnerships

The work of three federal land agencies, three municipalities, landowners and mountain bikers yields not just Colorado’s most anticipated trail, but a model for how communities can bring big ideas to fruition.

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He wasn’t the best skier, but he was Colorado’s preeminent ski bum. Farewell, Charlie Toups.

“Everyone seemed to know him. … He lived life in such a unique way,” a friend recalls of Charlie Toups, a quintessential Colorado ski bum who spent decades living in cars in ski area parking lots.

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Joe Neguse wants to direct billions to public lands to help Western states recover from coronavirus

The Boulder County Democrat says it’s time to “go big and be bold” with his sweeping 21st Century Conservation Corps for Our Health and Our Jobs Act, which provides economic relief from coronavirus shutdown while investing in overlooked forest management, wildfire mitigation and civilian corps.

Politics and Government

“Locals only” coronavirus closures of Colorado public land may not be legal. But mountain communities say it’s needed for safety.

Colorado's mountain towns say it's not about banning outsiders. But "if you have yet to realize we are in unprecedented times, then you are either not paying attention or are a denier," San Juan County's sheriff says.

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A southern Colorado town is dreaming of a revived ski hill in the wake of Texas investors’ big busts

A nonprofit foundation plans to open a single lift accessing 56 acres at the former Cuchara Valley ski area in southern Colorado, which closed in 2000 after a parade of failed investors

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Opinion: Super fires across the West have many causes, but one gets little attention

Former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and ranch owner Louis Bacon say super fires should not be the new normal

Opinion Columns

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

The first step for the Front Range cities, which want to act on their decades-old water rights, is to drill test bores for a proposed dam that would flood a Holy Cross Wilderness access road

Environment

Trump’s “energy dominance” push changing plans for 3 million acres of Colorado land, local stewards say

State and local agencies -- and more recently, Gov. Jared Polis -- prioritized conservation during years of public input and discussion. Now those objectives are in jeopardy.

Environment

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

Opinion Columns

Climate change is transforming Western forests. And that could have big consequences far beyond wildfires.

The heat of a warming planet, like an artist’s palette knife on a canvas, etches its way across Western forests, slowly altering ecosystems that have flourished for centuries.

Environment

Acres of destruction left by Colorado’s historic avalanche season are also delivering climate change evidence

Researchers think secrets hidden in the rings of millions of felled trees may reveal the relationship between climate and avalanche cycles

Environment

These cutthroat trout survived in only one Colorado creek, until it was choked out by wildfire ash

Now their offspring are getting a fresh start after hitching a ride in saddlebags up a mountain stream

Environment

Opinion: Colorado rivers and water security — worth the investment

Opinion Columns

One of Colorado’s first downhill mountain bike trails is closed because of land conflicts

The popular Warren Gulch Trail, in use for 90 years, is being reviewed for a rerouting after clashes on the private property it runs through

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Ski resorts send a record-setting rent payment to the federal government after 2017-18 season

Colorado’s D.C. delegation once again unites on legislation allowing Forest Service to keep more ski-area fees in the state.

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