MK Gunn

Gabi Morey

Position: San Juan Mountains Association

Pam Wilson

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

Alpine wildflowers: Beautiful survivors

Who among us doesn’t love the beautiful, awe-inspiring vista of an alpine meadow full of wildflowers? We are fortunate to have many such iconic wildflower displays on our San Juan Mountains public...

DATE: July 2, 2011 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Young and old can learn something new outdoors this summer

By Gabi MoreySan Juan Mountains AssociationWhether you are new to the area or have lived in the beautiful Four Corners for years, there is something new you can learn at one of the free programs...

DATE: June 4, 2011 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

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