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A challenge to our national monuments: Will the Lords of Yesterday prevail?

We’re in uncharted waters. A presidential administration just launched an overarching attack on more than 11 million acres of previously protected landscapes. The Trump administration’s new...

DATE: May 18, 2017 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

After 14 years, thanks for the memories

After almost 14 years writing Thinking Green as a guest columnist here at The Durango Herald, it's time to hang up the keyboard.I've greatly enjoyed both the accolades and criticisms that accompany...

DATE: Sept. 17, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Land-exchange values defy common sense

The pending Tamarron or Hermosa Park land exchange is a financial boondoggle of epic proportions for the public. You don't have to be a real estate investment pro to grasp that trading 125...

DATE: Aug. 20, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Monument management plan complete

Managers at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument have finally completed their long-suffering plan for managing the complicated landscape west of Cortez.Eight years in the making, the...

DATE: Aug. 6, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

New wilderness proposed for San Juans

Exciting news last week was the release of U.S. Rep. John Salazar's long-awaited San Juan Mountains wilderness proposal.The Congressman is soliciting public comment about permanent protection for...

DATE: July 23, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Climate debate moves forward to U.S. Senate

It comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the weather in Southwest Colorado, but the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Group concludes that human-induced climate change appears to...

DATE: July 9, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Interior Dept. cracks down on pot hunters

The recent flap about arrests of suspected looters of archaeological sites highlights an unfortunate circumstance whereby some elected officials don't take seriously the crime of destroying our...

DATE: June 25, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Forest Service begins to create recreation plans

The San Juan National Forest is currently occupied with recreation plans offering landscape-altering changes to hundreds of thousands of acres of forests, meadows and alpine tundra.The agency...

DATE: June 11, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Officials ask for protection for Perins Peak

Last year, the Bureau of Land Management received a request to lease for gas and oil development thousands of acres within the Perins Peak State Wildlife Area and other lands surrounding Lightner...

DATE: May 28, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Bridge shows how NEPA does shortcuts

Durango's "Bridge to Nowhere" has justifiably generated quite a community discussion in recent weeks, even front-page news in the Sunday edition of The Denver Post.The towering overpass above U.S....

DATE: May 14, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Desert Rock sustains major body blow

The Desert Rock power plant proposed near Ship-rock was staggered this week by the Environmental Protection Agency's request to revoke the project's air-quality permit. Citing the permit's numerous...

DATE: April 30, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Ken Salazar marks change in conservation

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has quickly put his stamp on policy at the agency that oversees the largest hunk of land in the United States.The Department of the Interior manages hundreds of...

DATE: April 2, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Salazar, Udall weigh in on outcrop drilling

How much difference does a few miles make in our local geology? That's the underlying question in an ongoing debate about the safety of drilling for coalbed methane gas along the fringe of the San...

DATE: March 19, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Resorts morph into 'toxic' real estate assets

Some astute commentators recently highlighted examples of the "toxic" real estate assets that are at the root of the massive, worldwide economic meltdown of the financial markets.Lo and behold,...

DATE: March 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Pollution rule changes have consequences

The incoming Obama administration made headlines last week with its reversal of a decision that prevented states from imposing stricter pollution standards on automobiles.California and 13 other...

DATE: Feb. 5, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Development of gas surprises landowners

Plans to auction 16,000 acres of mineral rights underlying private and public land in southwestern La Plata County have caught landowners and elected officials by surprise.It's not that La Plata...

DATE: Jan. 22, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

Green stimulus could help S.W. Colorado

Shovel-ready. Short-term. Job-producing. Green.Those elements describe the features of President-elect Barack Obama's "green stimulus" package, the contemplated $700 billion spending spree to help...

DATE: Jan. 8, 2009 | COLUMN: Thinking Green

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