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Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy (CORE) Act gets day in Congress, supporters and opponents testify about act’s merits

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy Act, a sweeping public lands bill focused on Colorado with significant provisions for Summit County, had its first hearing in Congress on Tuesday with the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill, which combines four previously introduced public lands bills protecting 400,000 Colorado acres from development, is being pushed strongly by its primary sponsors, Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Boulder) in the House of Representatives and Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, in the Senate. Of the four original bills, the most significant for Summit is the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy Act. That bill would [...]

Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy (CORE) Act gets day in Congress, supporters and opponents testify about act’s merits 2019-04-08T15:42:10+00:00

Carbondale crew joins CORE contingent in D.C.

Legislative withdrawal of the Thompson Divide from future oil and natural gas leasing got its first congressional hearing in Washington, DC this week as part of an overall hearing on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Economy (CORE). And, Roaring Fork Valley residents were on-hand for support. Stacey Bernot, former Carbondale mayor, Bill Fales, owner of Cold Mountain Ranch, Mike Pritchard of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and the Thompson Divide Coalition, and current Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson attended Tuesday’s hearing. By the time they return to the Valley later this week, they will have talked to Congressman Joe Neguse, who introduced [...]

Carbondale crew joins CORE contingent in D.C. 2019-04-05T14:50:44+00:00

In the spirit of the ‘Maroon Belles’

Dottie, Connie, Joy — those names form a mantra summoning an invaluable wilderness heritage. Without the beloved "Maroon Belles," our vast and beautiful wilderness areas would not be so vast and not so beautiful in their vastness. Dottie Fox and Joy Caudill are gone, leaving Connie Harvey as the last of a triumvirate that directed their life energies to conserving as much wild land as they could squeeze into a wilderness bill over 50 years ago that more than doubled the size of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.   >> Read Full Article

In the spirit of the ‘Maroon Belles’ 2019-02-11T19:37:21+00:00

CORE Act to protect over 400,000 Colorado acres for conservation, recreation, outdoor economy

Sen. Michael Bennet and 2nd District Congressman Joe Neguse unveiled Friday the most sweeping public lands legislation for Colorado in nearly three decades. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act combines four different previously introduced public lands bills into a single mammoth package that will seek to protect over 400,000 acres of public land for conservation and recreation. Of the land protected, 73,000 acres will be specifically devoted for new wilderness areas, as well as over 80,000 acres for outdoor recreational use. >> Read Full Article

CORE Act to protect over 400,000 Colorado acres for conservation, recreation, outdoor economy 2019-01-28T20:52:31+00:00

Bears Ears Public Comment Deadline Is Thursday

Last year, the Trump administration reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. Now, the federal government is taking public comment on a draft management plan for the monument, and Thursday is the last day for feedback. To learn more about the implications of the proposed change, Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with former press officer for the White River National Forest Bill Kight. Kight recently retired from nearly 40 years in land management and has also worked as an archaeologist. Listen Here >>

Bears Ears Public Comment Deadline Is Thursday 2018-12-04T23:14:30+00:00

Guest commentary: Keep fighting for Bears Ears National Monument

For over 80 years, indigenous people, connected for untold generations to a most unusual and enchanting portion of southwest Utah's landscape, urged the United States government to protect their homeland. None of those people who started that effort walk upon the Earth with us today, but hopefully, their labor of love wasn't in vain. That homeland, Bears Ears National Monument, was established by President Barack Obama in December 2016 at the request of five Native American tribes, who spent six of those 80 years in public meetings developing their plan for management and protection of the land and cultural resources. Those [...]

Guest commentary: Keep fighting for Bears Ears National Monument 2018-11-12T17:45:54+00:00

Judge: BLM fell short in oil, gas plan review

A federal judge has agreed with activists that the Bureau of Land Management failed to adequately consider greenhouse gas impacts from oil and gas consumption in its new resource management plan for the Colorado River Valley Field Office. Judge Lewis T. Babcock also found that the agency "failed to consider reasonable alternatives to oil and gas leasing and development" as part of its review of alternatives in the plan. Babcock has ordered the plaintiffs in the suit to try to negotiate a remedy to the shortfalls in the BLM's review, and to submit written briefs on a proposed remedy if an [...]

Judge: BLM fell short in oil, gas plan review 2018-11-08T18:11:20+00:00

Trump administration again backs off plan for drilling on Colorado public land

The Trump administration is again shelving plans to allow oil and gas drilling on public land in Colorado after complaints from state officials and activists. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Friday some of the land is in big game habitat and some is in the North Fork Valley in western Colorado, where bureau officials are in the process of revising resource management plans. The land covers about 116 square miles (300 square kilometers) in 58 parcels. “We appreciate the BLM’s thoughtful decision to listen to the concerns of Coloradans,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said in a written statement. “The [...]

Trump administration again backs off plan for drilling on Colorado public land 2018-11-08T18:04:47+00:00

Aspen officials reach agreement on Castle, Maroon dam cases with all parties

The city of Aspen announced Tuesday it has reached settlement agreements with all 10 of the opposing parties in two water court cases where the city was seeking to maintain conditional water rights tied to large potential dams on upper Castle and Maroon creeks. Craig Corona, the water attorney for Larsen Family LP, signed the last of the settlement agreements with the city Oct. 11. The other nine parties in the cases had all signed agreements by August.   >> Read Full Article Here

Aspen officials reach agreement on Castle, Maroon dam cases with all parties 2018-10-17T21:54:22+00:00

Carbondale’s Jones pedals to build awareness of national monument plans

Carbondale resident Brandon Jones combined an epic outdoor adventure earlier this year with activism aimed at building awareness over the Trump administration's plan to shrink three national monuments. Jones bikepacked through parts of Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in Utah from mid-April through the first week of May. "I guess I had been dreaming about and romanticizing a bike tour," he said. He tends to be more a backpacker and spends considerable time in wilderness, where mechanized uses aren't allowed. But he figured using a bike was the most practical [...]

Carbondale’s Jones pedals to build awareness of national monument plans 2018-10-08T20:10:29+00:00