Opinions

Colorado leads the way in combining wildlife, parks agencies

After 40 years of divorce, the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks are set to become a single agency again, joined at the hip as a way to save money and create efficiencies in state government. The two agencies, formerly hitched together in the 1960s and split in 1972, manage...
May 31, 2011

The wrong sites for solar

Is it possible that solar energy — clean, renewable, virtually infinite — could have a downside? As it's being pursued on our public lands, yes. In the name of greening America, the Obama administration is about to open up as much as 21.5 million acres of mostly undisturbed, fragile desert land for...
May 19, 2011

Colorado’s roadless rule debate: How did we get here?

Roadless areas are not quite wilderness, but they’re not quite freely open to development either. They’re somewhere in between, particularly in Colorado, where the fate of roadway-free, undeveloped national forest land has been rancorously contested for a decade and could soon end up with a...
May 8, 2011

Cornell gas study stirs heated debate

More researchers and policy analysts have had a chance to digest a new study analyzing the climate impacts of unconventional natural gas development, published this week in the journal Climatic Change Letters. Many of the reactions echo earlier complaints that some of the methane leak data on which...
May 4, 2011

Colorado roadless rule protects land, industry

After nearly six years of debate, Colorado officials have released what we find to be a smart plan to block roads on nearly 4.2 million acres of national forest here. The Colorado roadless rule, initiated by Gov. Bill Owens in 2005 and modified by Gov. Bill Ritter, would replace current federal...
April 21, 2011

Crying wolf in the Bitterroots

While Sen. Jon Tester and Rep. Denny Rehberg race to the bottom to see who can do more damage to wildlife protection laws, more sober and less politically motivated voices are trying to inject reason into the debate. According to a letter signed by 1,293 scientists: "If any one species is taken off...
April 14, 2011

Should some pesticides be banned to protect bees?

As I reported in January, the USDA's top bee researcher, Jeffrey Pettis, has publicly revealed that he has completed research showing that Bayer's blockbuster neonicotinoid pesticides, used on million of acres of crops across the country, harm honeybees even at extremely low doses. The revelation...
April 12, 2011

Road closures pit county against Forest Service

One Colorado county might be gearing up for a confrontation with the federal government over road closures on public land. Montezuma County -- its seat is Cortez -- sits in the southwest corner of the state, and its sheriff, Dennis Spruell, told the Denver Post last week that he is pondering...
March 29, 2011

New national forest rule lacks rigor

If you had come upon the U.S. Forest Service's new draft planning rule in the second week of February and, unable to contain your curiosity, given it a hasty read, you might have come away impressed. Since 1982, the forest planning rule has provided the blueprint for managing 155 national forests...
March 17, 2011

USFS takes a new, resilient approach to management

The Forest Service’s current chief, Tom Tidwell, who grew up in Boise, has effectively used the word “resiliency” to form a new consensus for managing the 193 million acres of national forests. The new goal is to maintain the resilience of forest ecosystems and to restore that resilience where it...
March 7, 2011
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