Colorado groundwater protections needed

RBC I Every spring, snow begins to melt throughout the Rocky Mountains, flowing down from high peaks and into the streams and rivers that form the mighty Colorado River Basin, sustaining entire cities and ecosystems from Wyoming to Arizona. But as spring becomes summer, the melting snow slows to a trickle and, as summer turns […]

Will Land and Water Conservation Fund rise once again?

RBC I More than 40 percent of our national parks, from Arizona’s Saguaro to Wyoming’s Grand Teton, contain inholdings. Those privately owned chunks of land complicate management, block public access and present a risk of development, as when a luxury home was built in the middle of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Colo., […]

Letter to the Editor: Balanced plan for conservation needed

Dear Editor: After reading the latest news in the greater sage-grouse conservation effort, it seems high time for Colorado’s decision makers to lead on this important issue. As a state, we are facing a unique but narrowing window of opportunity to develop a proactive state conservation plan that would both protect the iconic bird and […]

Want to save sage grouse? Save the sagebrush

THE WEST I High in the Desatoya Mountains east of Fallon, Nev., and just east of Route 50, famously dubbed “The Loneliest Road in America” by Life Magazine in 1986, a curious congregation gathers in the predawn light.

Conserving world-class habitat

RBC I For decades, sportsmen in northwest Colorado have hunted some of the world’s largest herds of elk, mule deer and pronghorn in an area known as the “mule deer factory.”

Partnership key to ferret reintroduction

RBC — The recovery effort for the black-footed ferret is one of the most challenging opportunities in wildlife management and the Bureau of Land Management in northwestern Colorado is a key partner in that story.