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Colorado’s snow-starved winter raises specter of worst wildfire season in 10...

The prescribed burn that roared out of control, claiming the lives of three nearby residents and scaring hundreds of others is just the beginning of what could be a frighteningly long fire season in Colorado.

Forestry budgets sapped by scourges of warming climate

The warming climate is breeding more beetle-ravaged forest and prolonged fire seasons, U.S. Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell testified before a Senate committee on Tuesday, as he fielded questions about the White House's proposed agency budget for fiscal year 2013.

Forest Service pumps brakes on coal mine expansion into Colorado roadless...

The U.S. Forest Service overturned a decision Monday to approve the expansion of a coal mine in western Colorado that biologists feared would destroy wildlife habitat.

Tipton asks Congress to weaken water-storage regulations

As part of a sustained effort to thin the federal government's powers to protect the environment, Third District Colorado Republican Congressman Scott Tipton is requesting a Capitol Hill hearing to examine water storage rules in the West.

National Ski Areas Association sues U.S. Forest Service over contested water...

The National Ski Areas Association filed a lawsuit (pdf) in federal court late Monday, arguing that a new clause the U.S. Forest Service is...

Ex-forest official says ski industry exploited ‘lax regulatory environment’ under Bush

Going to court may be “the best way” to resolve a dispute over water rights between the U.S. Forest Service and the National Ski Areas Association, according to a former Forest Service ski area permit coordinator.

Year of the Bat: Colorado researchers not sleeping on white-nose syndrome

Fifteen months ago, the United Nations declared 2011 and 2012 as the International Year of the Bat to promote awareness about the under-appreciated insect gobbler, pollinator and seed disperser. The bat, you see, has fallen on hard times. There’s no easy way to explain this, so we hope you’re sitting down. Or upside down. Here it goes: Statistics show more than half of bat species in the United States are either suffering steep population declines or they are already listed as endangered. A major reason why is white-nose syndrome — a mysterious disease that is wiping out bats by the millions.

Water fight: Lawmakers question new U.S. Forest Service permit clause for...

Colorado lawmakers are worried a new U.S. Forest Service rule could be a drag on the ski industry.

Colorado business leaders plead for Tipton to reconsider sponsorship of roadless...

Over 30 Colorado business leaders are asking U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton to reconsider his support of the Wilderness and Roadless Area Release Act saying it poses “a serious threat” to their bottom line.

Rick Cables to head Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife

Rick Cables, regional forester for the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States Forest Service since 2001, will leave the Forest Service to become director of the new Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife.
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