Southwest Life

You can help preserve wild places where nature can thrive

“How many are you up to?” one of the crew members asks me. The two have finished taking measurements regarding the campsite – one of many we would visit on this wilderness monitoring hitch....

DATE: July 27, 2018 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Wildfires have been a beneficial part of Earth’s ecosystems

By Gabi Morey and Krisite Borchers Wildfire is a natural component to almost any ecosystem. Like floods, hurricanes and avalanches, it has always been around. It is these types of forces that make...

DATE: June 15, 2018 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Opt to spend more time outside this summer

There are many ways to be healthy. Eating right, exercising, even doing crossword puzzles. Did you know that being outside is actually another way to be healthy? Being outside improves your...

DATE: May 25, 2018 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

When it comes to fire preparedness, don’t just worry: Take action

Our forests and fields are tinder-boxes, and I’m scared! I know that just one spark can start a high-intensity wildfire that threatens homes, people, clean water, power lines and our economy. ...

DATE: April 27, 2018 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

You are never too old to be a detective in nature

The San Juan Mountains are finally looking like their winter selves! It’s so wonderful to see the life-sustaining snow blanketing our favorite craggy peaks. Snow provides more than just water for...

DATE: Feb. 23, 2018 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

While we’re dreaming of snow, let’s talk about how it’s made

By Gabi Morey and Kristie Borchers “Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.” – Robert...

DATE: Jan. 26, 2018 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

No snow? Why not try ice skating in the high country?

As I write this in Durango on Dec. 14, it is so dry that the light breeze blows dust along the blue sky. The extended weather forecast does not call for any precipitation. Where are the winter...

DATE: Dec. 15, 2017 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

In loving memory: Small cemeteries play important role

Small, rural cemeteries of La Plata County have played an important role in the lives of early settlers. These burial places have allowed people to honor their families and friends while...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2017 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Hunting on your national forest and Bureau of Land Management lands

By Alan Peterson There’s a lot more to an enjoyable hunt than getting a license or taking a hunter’s safety course. Do you know where you are going to start your hunt and what the terrain is like?...

DATE: Sept. 29, 2017 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

If water is life, there should be life in your water

“I was water brought to lifted leaves of daffodils and day lilies/Drank into the grace of trees – the aspens like the willows weep.” – from “Drop” by Elephant Revival To say “water is life” is...

DATE: Aug. 25, 2017 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

The next generation of wilderness defenders

“Shoo!” “Scram!” “Oooogaboogaboogaboo!” The Wilderness Information Specialists in training started throwing rocks at a hollow log. The sound startled the mountain goats and they ran away. We...

DATE: July 28, 2017 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Food-conservation efforts have always been here

By Ruth Lambert San Juan Mountains Association April 2017 marked the 100th anniversary of the United States entry into World War I. With the war, our country sent many young men to join European...

DATE: June 23, 2017 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land