Conservation

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Endangered plants, butterfly barely hanging on in Southwest Colorado

While cute animals with sad eyes stand a better chance of getting public support for protections, the survival of insects and plants on the verge of extinction are every bit as important to...

DATE: April 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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La Plata Open Space celebrates 25 years of land conservancy

La Plata Open Space Conservancy turns 25 in March. Because of it, more than 30,000 acres of land in seven counties are to remain untouched by development. The land trust manages about 20,100...

DATE: Jan. 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Hesperus ranch placed on historic register

HESPERUS – Helen Ruth Aspaas lives in a white house a mile south of the Old Fort campus in Hesperus. The old coal-burning stoves are gone, and additions have been built, but the structure’s...

DATE: Jan. 19, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Two La Plata County properties under conservation easement

Two properties totaling nearly 475 acres have been placed under conservancy easements, ensuring limited development in areas around Turtle Lake and the La Plata River. According to La Plata Open...

DATE: Dec. 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Rare jaguar photographed in Arizona

A rare jaguar has been photographed in the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reports. The photo of the big cat was taken Dec. 1 by a remote trail camera...

DATE: Dec. 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Push for Bears Ears monument marks latest Western land fight

BLANDING, Utah – Laminated sheets of paper held in place by rocks rest inside ancient cliff dwellings nestled underneath a spectacular red rock overhang in southeastern Utah. “Don’t erase the...

DATE: July 14, 2016 | CATEGORY: Regional News

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Top Obama officials to discuss Bears Ears' protection

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and other top officials from the Obama administration will host a public meeting in Bluff, Utah, on Saturday to discuss future management of the Bears Ears region....

DATE: July 12, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Drones give conservationists an aerial edge

Imagine this: You’ve spent all day trudging up Windom Peak in the high, hot summer sun, and finally, you’ve summited your first Fourteener. And then, with taunting ease, a drone buzzes by. For...

DATE: July 6, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest Life

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Rain-barrel law helps educate about water conservation in the West

It’s not rocket-science, and it’s not really all that controversial. But it was illegal in Colorado until last month, and it could have landed violators a $500 fine. The crime: catching rain in a...

DATE: June 22, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Sen. Michael Bennet walks river trail, talks conservation

Sen. Michael Bennet walked the Animas River Trail on Thursday, enjoying the sunshine and sights made possible by a fund he and other senators saved from extinction last month. “There’s not a...

DATE: May 5, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Pastures of James Ranch to remain undeveloped ‘forever’

The James Ranch has become an iconic landmark in Durango, known for its lush pastures and fresh food. And now, the deeply rooted family has taken steps to ensure the bulk of the 420-acre property...

DATE: April 17, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

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Endangered Species Act goes under the microscope

DENVER – Worried that the federal Endangered Species Act often leads to stalled action because of lawsuits and misguided priorities, Western governors on Wednesday hosted a stakeholder process in...

DATE: March 9, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News