Position: Special to the Herald

Volunteers help haul trash out of Hermosa Wilderness

Backcountry rangers recently discovered a dirty little secret in Colorado’s most recently designated wilderness area, the 37,203-acre Hermosa Wilderness in the San Juan National Forest north of...

DATE: Sept. 16, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Researchers study impact of medicinal plant’s harvest in San Juan National Forest

National forests supply Americans with many natural resources – timber, livestock forage, minerals, energy – and increasingly, medicinal plants. Although native plants have been harvested for...

DATE: Sept. 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Brewers harvest spruce needles in San Juan National Forest

DURANGO – Twelve years ago, Ken Martin of Steamworks Brewing Co. wanted to try a unique recipe that would tie a local brew to the San Juan Mountains. It would be modeled after an Olde English ale...

DATE: July 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Reaping the bounty, protecting the beauty of the San Juan National Forest

DURANGO – The San Juan National Forest offers permits for collecting everything from corral and tepee poles, firewood, fence stays, walking sticks and Christmas trees to boughs, pine cones,...

DATE: July 28, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Young minds encounter the distant past at Chimney Rock

PAGOSA SPRINGS – Chimney Rock National Monument opened to the general public for guided tours this week, but Pagosa Springs Elementary School third-graders had the place all to themselves earlier...

DATE: May 21, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Career workshop helps Fort Lewis College students navigate government work

Applying for a job with the federal government is very different than applying for one in the private sector. That’s what Fort Lewis College students learned last week at a workshop hosted by FLC...

DATE: Nov. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Education

Zuni trail crew preserves ancestors’ legacy at Chimney Rock

PAGOSA SPRINGS – Visitors to Chimney Rock National Monument next year will have a safer hike to the mesa top following work completed this month by a Native American crew from Zuni Pueblo, a New...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Hermosa Creek project improves habitat for cutthroat trout

HERMOSA PARK – The heavy equipment working on the East Fork of Hermosa Creek this month was surprisingly delicate and precise as it transformed eroded streambanks and shallow braided waters into...

DATE: Sept. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Mules crucial to wilderness trail repair in San Juan National Forest

PAGOSA SPRINGS – When a remote wilderness trail needed extensive repairs last month, a team of giant mules came to the rescue. The U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Specialty Pack String, made up...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

Teamwork shines on our trails

The Southwest Conservation Corps (SCC) needed a training project for incoming crews, the San Juan National Forest needed help creating a sustainable trail system, and the Four Corners Backcountry...

DATE: June 10, 2015 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

Forests by the bushel

Forests burned by wildfires sometimes need a little help to recover and regenerate. Even when some trees survive amid hillsides of blackened stands, they are often not able to drop enough cones to...

DATE: Dec. 3, 2014 | CATEGORY: Good Earth

A classroom without walls

For many of us, a college internship helped forge the direction we would follow in our professional careers. Six Fort Lewis College students received such inspiration this summer through the...

DATE: Aug. 27, 2014 | CATEGORY: Good Earth