Category Archives: Environment

A 100 Years Ago Arthur Carhart Had a Vision For Both Wilderness and Recreation On Public Lands

A hundred years ago the US Forest Service considered putting cabins around a pristine lake in western Colorado. But thanks to a young landscape architect named Arthur Carhart, Trappers Lake stayed undeveloped and the concept of protected wilderness was born. … Continue reading

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On The 50th Anniversary Of Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire,” A Former Park Ranger Honors The Iconic Book And Confronts Outdated Views

The American southwest has changed a lot since 1968, when the late writer Edward Abbey published “Desert Solitaire: A Season In The Wilderness.” The memoir, set in Arches National Park, has inspired countless people to visit the desert and to take … Continue reading

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Tarantulas Are On The Move In Southern Colorado

Something creepy takes place in southern Colorado this time of year. Tarantulas appear en masse scurrying across highways and up walls. Arachnologists Paula Cushing, of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and Brent Hendrixson of Millsaps College in Mississippi … Continue reading

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From Raspberry Problems To Battling Beetles, Answers To Your Most Pressing Gardening Questions

Colorado Master Gardener Loni Gaudet of Berthoud gives the dirt on dirt, Japanese Beetles and more on Colorado Matters. Listen to the conversation on cpr.org

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The Wolf Who Became A Legend, And A Pawn In American Culture And Politics

  Wolf O-Six photographed from Soda Butte in Yellowstone National Park in October, 2012. (Courtesy:Doug McLaughlin) Journalist Nate Blakeslee chronicles the life of a wolf in the Rockies and the forces both natural and human that shape her destiny. His new book is “American Wolf: A True Story Of … Continue reading

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Digging Into The History Of Wild Horses To Understand Their Future

Wild horses are symbolic of freedom and are part of the mythology and legends of the American West. Yet growing herds are costing millions of taxpayer dollars as politics and society collide over how to manage them. Pulitzer Prize- winning … Continue reading

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Better Equine Birth Control May Help Save The West’s Wild Horse Herds

Wild horse and burro herds in the west are rapidly growing. The horses and burros on public lands now number more than 72,000. Federal officials says these animals may starve or die of thirst because the rangeland can’t support them … Continue reading

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EPA Seeks Comment on Colorado Smelter Superfund Cleanup Plan in Pueblo

The Environmental Protection Agency is requesting public comment on a proposed interim plan to begin clean up in the Colorado Smelter Superfund site in south Pueblo. The clean up addresses toxic lead and arsenic left behind when the smelter closed … Continue reading

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Lessons From The Intersection Of Science And History At The Headwaters of The Colorado River

Historian Thomas Andrews delves into the history of the headwaters of the Colorado river through the lens of geology, archaeology, biology and more. His book “Coyote Valley: A Deep History in the High Rockies” is a Colorado Book Award finalist. The … Continue reading

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Photos Reveal The Secret Lives Of Owls

Photographer Paul Bannick of Seattle says “you don’t find owls – they find you.” He’s often called the owl whisperer and his latest book is “Owl: A Year In The Lives Of North American Owls.” It’s filled with striking images of the elusive birds … Continue reading

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