MK Gunn

Gabi Morey

Position: San Juan Mountains Association

Pam Wilson

The bright sides to the problem of beetle-killed trees

Deep in the Weminuche Wilderness there is a trail that dead ends at the head of a verdant valley crowned by majestic mountains. My two dogs and I wandered up there in August 2016. After 7 miles on...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

San Juan Mountains Association seeks to inspire public lands conservation

By Lexie Stetson-Lee San Juan Mountains Association is developing a pipeline of conservation education programs to connect local community members with their public lands. SJMA has long provided...

DATE: May 8, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

SJMA hopes to pursue wilderness efforts safely amid pandemic

By David Taft San Juan Mountains Association As one of Durango’s longest running public lands education and stewardship organizations, San Juan Mountains Association has plenty of experience...

DATE: April 17, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Southwest Colorado residents can join effort to protect public lands

Open skies, big mountains, wild rivers, great trails and great people. We live in a vibrant, thriving community surrounded by spectacular public lands. We are drawn to Southwest Colorado for the...

DATE: April 13, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Do you know where the wild things are?

As I laced up my hiking shoes at my sister’s house in the East Bay area of California, my 5-year old niece came running up to me. “MK!” she exclaimed, her dark eyes sparkling and curly hair...

DATE: Feb. 14, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Community partnerships paramount for our public lands

’Tis the season where most of us take time for year-end reflection and are getting excited about the upcoming year. For me, this exercise reminds me of how grateful I am for this community and how...

DATE: Jan. 3, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

What Wilderness with a capital W means?

What do you think of when you hear the word “wilderness”? Take a minute. Do you think of solitude or camaraderie? Of adventure or relaxation? Of wide-open spaces or deep down and forested places?...

DATE: Dec. 13, 2019 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Early Hispano history and the Iglesia de San Antonio

By Ruth Lambert San Juan Mountains Association San Juan Mountains Association has begun a project to study the history of Hispano settlement along the San Juan River in Archuleta County and...

DATE: Nov. 1, 2019 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Announcing the Weminuche Wilderness Stewardship Fund

Those of you in the community who know me can easily understand that I would not be who I am without Wilderness. Wilderness – with a capital W – has allowed me days upon days of reinvigorating...

DATE: Oct. 4, 2019 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

We can all make positive contributions to our public lands

By David Taft San Juan Mountains Association There has always been a hunger to explore awe-inspiring landscapes and iconic settings in the American West. In the early days, these places were...

DATE: Sept. 6, 2019 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Kids need to know about caring for national treasures

This monthly column, “Stewards of the Land,” has been around for more than 10 years. That’s 10 years of information about where to go on your public lands, what to look for and how to do it...

DATE: July 26, 2019 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Maintenance of trails, public lands a shared responsibility

We all know what is happening. For a while now, there has been a big push to get healthier by eating right, getting exercise and going outdoors to enjoy nature. All of these suggestions are good...

DATE: June 21, 2019 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

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