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Gabi Morey

Position: San Juan Mountains Association

Pam Wilson

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

Enjoying summer in the San Juan Mountains

It’s been a long, snowy winter, but spring is trying to peek its head into Southwest Colorado! Keep in mind that this year, some of your favorite high-elevation haunts might not become accessible...

DATE: May 24, 2019 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

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

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