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A  black-footed ferret hesitates before bolting into a burrow on a southern Colorado Ranch. Photo by Judith Kohler

Endangered Ferrets Find Refuge on Southern Colorado ranch

11/12/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Biologists and ranchers Gary and Georgia Walker walked around their pasture, scouting the prairie dog burrows that dot the land. They were looking for the right spots to release their endangered cargo: black-footed ferrets, one of the rarest mammals in North […] Read more >

Bull elk stopping traffic is a typical sight in the fall in Rocky Mountain National Park. This isn't a typical fall. NWF Photo

First Flooding, Now an Unnatural Disaster — the Shutdown — Plagues Rocky Mountain National Park

10/3/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Colorado communities are still assessing all the damage from September’s deadly flooding that destroyed or damaged tens of thousands of homes and wiped out roads and highways.  People in the town of Estes Park, gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, […] Read more >

Pilots with EcoFlight, an advocacy and education nonprofit, get a bird's-eye view of flooded oil and gas fields on Colorado's eastern plains. Photo courtesy of EcoFlight.

UPDATED:Flood of `Biblical Proportions’ Leaves Behind Devastation, Pollution

9/19/2013 // By Judith Kohler

There’s the devastation that we know has been unleashed by Colorado’s rains of  “of biblical proportions”—eight people presumed dead; about 1,500 homes destroyed and more than 17,000 damaged; and numerous roads and bridges across a broad swath of northeastern Colorado washed […] Read more >

Bison start moving off to graze. Photo copyright Alexis Bonogofsky

Restoration of 34 Wild Bison to Tribal Lands Marks New Milestone

8/23/2013 // By Judith Kohler

  Another homecoming, another important milestone in the quest to restore wild bison to tribal lands and their rightful place—the grasslands they once roamed by the millions. An enthusiastic crowd of about 150 greeted  34 bison as they were freed Aug. 22 […] Read more >

Proponents of H.R. 2728 say federal fracking rules aren't needed if states have their own regulations. Photo: Judith Kohler

Fracking Bill could Take the ‘Public’ Out of Federal Lands

7/31/2013 // By Judith Kohler

It’s about local control, say members of Congress who want the states, not the federal government, to regulate fracking on federal lands — those public lands that belong to all Americans. The House Natural Resources Committee is considering a bill that would bar the […] Read more >

Fishing and other outdoor recreation on public lands is an important part of the economy. Photo: Lew Carpenter

Our Public Lands — The Gift that Keeps on Giving and Giving and…

7/30/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Yet one more report underscores how important conserving our nation’s public lands is to the country’s economy. The newest report is from our country’s largest landlord, the Interior Department. It outlines Interior’s economic contributions for fiscal 2012 — $371 billion to […] Read more >

Wildfires, driven by record heat and drought, are the face of climate change in the Southwest. Photo by Judith Kohler.

Wildfire May Wipe Out Town: The Face of Climate Change in the Southwest

6/21/2013 // By Judith Kohler

The drought-driven wildfires rage on in Colorado. About a week after Colorado’s most destructive wildfire killed two people and destroyed at least 500 homes, a 29,000-acre – and growing — blaze could wipe out a mountain town in the southwest part […] Read more >

Warmer water and erosion from wildfires are threatening fisheries in the Rockies. Photo by Lew Carpenter

The Wests’ New Norm: A Nearly Neverending Wildfire Season

6/14/2013 // By Judith Kohler

This Rocky  Mountain summer is shaping up to be a lot like last summer — hot, dry, fiery. And it’s not even officially summer yet. A wildfire driven by drought, wind and record-breaking heat has killed two people, destroyed an estimated 360 […] Read more >

Less Water, More Wildlife — What’s Not to Love about Native Plants?

5/16/2013 // By Judith Kohler

Some gardeners want to cut their water and chemical use. Others want to attract more butterflies, birds and bees. Whatever the reason, Denver-area gardeners seem to be increasingly interested in indigenous flowers, grasses and shrubs. Every May for the past […] Read more >

1-2-3-4, Who’re We Gonna Cheer For? Eco-Schools!

5/1/2013 // By Judith Kohler

“Way to go Cougars!” a student at Copper Mesa Elementary in Highlands Ranch exclaimed as the gym full of students cheered. The occasion was a kind of pep assembly at the Denver-area school, but it was unlike any pep assembly […] Read more >