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Gabi Morey

Position: San Juan Mountains Association

Pam Wilson

Steps to take before wildfire season heats up

By Wildfire Adapted Partnership staff After the last few years left Southwest Colorado with exceptional drought conditions, winter 2019 brought welcome relief. As the snow melts and the...

DATE: May 3, 2019 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

The mountains are calling; just be sure to be prepared

The winter season in Southwest Colorado is one of beauty, change, quiet and inspiration. It is difficult to imagine a more picturesque winter mountain setting than what each one of us is blessed...

DATE: March 8, 2019 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Abert’s squirrels are friends to the ponderosa pines

Sometimes, winter in the forest can seem like there isn’t much going on – especially if, like me, you might be out there with a group of 60 excited schoolchildren. Wildlife often make themselves...

DATE: Jan. 25, 2019 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Looking for adventure? Try winter backpacking

Many outdoor enthusiasts in Southwest Colorado aren’t kept inside by cold weather. As the old adage goes: “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” Undoubtedly, there are folks...

DATE: Dec. 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

10th Mountain Division members are World War II heroes

By Ruth E. Lambert San Juan Mountains Association As we begin this winter, 76 years ago, winter preparations were underway for ski and snowshoe outings of national importance. In the Pando Valley...

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

Snow – or lack thereof – affects us all

By Nick Keeler Special to the Herald What happens to Southwest Colorado when winter never shows up? Many of us were forced to deal with this reality over the past year or so. It is hard to imagine...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2018 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

What it means for San Juan Mountains Association to be 30

By Kathe Hayes San Juan Mountains Association Volunteer Program director This year, San Juan Mountains Association celebrates 30 years as the interpretive support partner for the San Juan National...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2018 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

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

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