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

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

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

Senate begins debate on bipartisan energy bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate began debating this week on bipartisan legislation to modernize the nation’s energy infrastructure, the first such attempt at a major legislative overhaul since...

DATE: Jan. 28, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado public lands bill could become battleground

DENVER – A vote on a measure that would create a Public Lands Day in Colorado was delayed Wednesday, as the bill’s sponsor works to garner support. Senate Bill 21 was considered by a Senate...

DATE: Jan. 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Conservation easements near Dove Creek protect threatened sage grouse

The threatened Gunnison sage grouse used to thrive on the sage brush plains in Dolores County. But as farms, roads and subdivisions encroached on critical habitat, their numbers diminished,...

DATE: Jan. 20, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Poll shows Western voters don’t want to hand back federal land

A group of armed protestors have taken control of a wildlife refuge in Oregon demanding public lands be privatized. A Colorado College poll released Monday says most voters in seven Western states...

DATE: Jan. 11, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Tax break could encourage land conservation, La Plata County group says

Landowners promise an unchanging, open landscape when they place a conservation easement on their property, and now, in return, Congress has guaranteed them the assurance of an annual tax break. On...

DATE: Dec. 30, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

$1.1 trillion federal spending bill reauthorizes conservation fund

WASHINGTON – After weeks of negotiating and two short-term funding bills, congressional lawmakers are set to vote Friday on a $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that will fund the federal...

DATE: Dec. 17, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado delegation divided over public lands fund

The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the country’s most successful land-conservation program, was allowed to expire at the end of September after congressional leaders failed to reauthorize...

DATE: Oct. 19, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

Open Space Conservancy hands out annual awards

It has been a busy year for the La Plata Open Space Conservancy, and at the nonprofit’s annual stakeholders meeting Sunday, two awards were handed out to major contributors. Resident Lynndee...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

‘Father of Conservation Biology’ coming to Durango

Michael Soulé, considered “The Father of Conservation Biology,” will speak at two separate events in Durango this week, focusing on a range of environmental topics and issues. Soulé will headline...

DATE: Aug. 31, 2015 | CATEGORY: Local News

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