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Our best environmental reporting of 2016

As an environmental reporter, I’m finishing out this year with a nagging fear. The why, of course, is obvious: The federal government soon will...

Obama’s lasting legacies in the West

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Eight years ago, President-elect Barack Obama wanted Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar to be his Interior secretary. David...

How to win Colorado’s undecided vote: land conservation

Undecided Coloradans across the spectrum value and even prioritize environmental conservation, a new report finds. The Center for Western Priorities launched its 2016 "Winning the West"...

Gardner votes to protect public lands

FRISCO, Colo. — Democrats in Congress looking to hold the line against a Republican attack on public land conservation got some help from newly...

Guv race sparring over public lands likely not consequential, but revealing

Beauprez's line about federal overreach drew cheers, even if some had little idea they were cheering a fringe strain of anti-federalism experts say would result in a politicized short-term approach to issues that benefit most from a long view.

Public lands an old-timey conservative idea

  As the powers that be in Washington toy with the idea of relinquishing control of federal public lands to the states and private sector,...

Chasing Light: Rocky Mountain National Park

A long day chasing mountain scientists around Rocky Mountain National Park yielded a handful of decent images, but it's hard to take a bad...

First-ever public lands auction for solar power plants bombs

On the home turf of former Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the Colorado lease auction was intended as a showcase for the renewable energy push.

Colorado’s backcountry ‘roadless rule’ takes effect

A plan to manage some of Colorado's most prized forests went into effect on Tuesday, marking the end of a seven-year process conducted among an eclectic mix of stakeholders.

Obama-backed restoration projects putting more than 20,000 low-income youth to work

Four new conservation projects in Colorado will add to the more than 20,000 work opportunities for low-income youth on public lands this summer.
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