MK Gunn

Gabi Morey

Position: San Juan Mountains Association

Pam Wilson

Summer outdoor programs offer fun, learning for families

Who doesn’t love Colorado in the summer? Peaks to ‘bag,’ wildflowers to smell, rivers to run. It just doesn’t get any better than this. San Juan Mountains Association, in partnership with San Juan...

DATE: June 23, 2012 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

10 years after Missionary Ridge – remembering community’s courage

If you asked 12 people for one word to describe their memory of the Missionary Ridge Fire of 2002, you probably would come get 12 different responses. Though the question pulls up many images of...

DATE: May 26, 2012 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

History comes alive with local education project

The San Juan Mountains Association and the La Plata County Historical Society are collaborating to implement a heritage education project to increase community awareness about local historical...

DATE: April 21, 2012 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Evidence of glaciers abound in San Juans

We live in a beautiful part of the country, and it’s in large part thanks to ice. The area of the present day Animas Valley once contained about 2,000 feet of glacial ice that nearly reached the...

DATE: March 24, 2012 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Volunteering provides lasting benefits for communities

In 2008, 61.8 million Americans contributed 8 billion hours of volunteer service worth an estimated $162 billion. This is a pretty impressive statistic. I’m sure that our local communities have...

DATE: Feb. 25, 2012 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

San Juan evergreens: A primer on forest’s winter sentinels

Winter moves along. The leaves of the aspens and cottonwoods are long past golden and lay frozen beneath the snow. Many oak bushes cling to their dead brown leaves. While those deciduous trees are,...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2012 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Don’t be afraid of the dark; check out the stars

It is only 5 p.m., but it feels like I should be getting ready for bed. I am supposed to go to sleep when it gets dark out, right? That is how it goes in the summer, when the last light hangs in...

DATE: Dec. 24, 2011 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Locally grown turkeys once graced holiday tables

By Ruth LambertSan Juan Mountains AssociationDuring the dark days of the Depression, the residents of La Plata County struggled to survive, and in the rural areas, families helped sustain...

DATE: Nov. 26, 2011 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

If you’re really lost in backcountry, this will help you survive

The topic of the Stewards of the Land column in August was “Staying Found.” It covered how not to get lost, but not much about what to do if you are lost. Here is more advice on how to deal with...

DATE: Oct. 22, 2011 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Know rules for motorized travel during hunting season

By Alan PetersonSan Juan Mountains AssociationIt is fall again – the weather is cooling down, the leaves are changing and hunters are back, hoping that this will be the year to get the big one....

DATE: Sept. 24, 2011 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Agency to offer wild horses for adoption

Picture in your mind a bold, muscular horse, mane flowing in the wind and nostrils flaring as he leads and protects the wild herd from danger. He is a wild stallion, who will pass on his strong...

DATE: Sept. 3, 2011 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Bring the skills and gear to avoid getting lost

As we climbed higher along the trailless tundra, the fog grew thicker. Most people would have turned back, but we were on our way out, through the fog. Fortunately, we had a map and compass. We...

DATE: July 31, 2011 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

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