Category Archives: Land Use

Colorado Is Cracking Down On Illegal Ponds In The Arkansas River Basin

The state is evaluating more than 10,000 ponds in the Arkansas River basin to determine if they’re legal. According to the Colorado Division of Water Resources, many were constructed without water rights or permits. Read more at krcc.org

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Pueblo’s Newly Rebuilt Arkansas River Levee Provides Flood Protection And An Opportunity For Recreation: Trail, Shade Structures, Pedestrian Bridges And Other Improvements Are Underway

By next summer Puebloans should have a new walking and bike path on top of the Arkansas River levee. A curving three-quarter-mile concrete trail will meander among shade structures on top of the rebuilt levee overlooking the white water park. Two pedestrian … Continue reading

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Plan Aims To Inject Opportunity Into South Pueblo’s Colorado Smelter Superfund Site

A plan is underway to bring new life to south Pueblo residential and commercial areas affected by the Colorado Smelter Superfund project. The revitalization, a collaboration with federal, state and local agencies, is based on community input and has been in the works for about five years. … Continue reading

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How National Forest Recreation Planning Got Its Start In Southern Colorado 100 Years Ago

A century ago the U.S. Forest Service’s first landscape architect argued for protecting wilderness, but that didn’t stop him from also making it easier to drive into the nation’s forests. Arthur Carhart wrote the agency’s first recreation plan and completed … 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The 50th Anniversary Of Edward Abbey’s “Desert Solitaire,” A Former Park Ranger Honors The Iconic Book And Confronts Outdated Views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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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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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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From Standing Rock To Colorado, American Indians Fight To Control Their Resources

The Standing Rock Sioux’s protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline recently grabbed the nation’s attention. But American Indian tribes have a long history of fighting for sovereignty and control of their resources. The new documentary “Beyond Standing Rock” starts with … Continue reading

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Two Men Trek Hundreds Of Brutal Miles To Save The Grand Canyon

Millions of tourists visit the Grand Canyon in Arizona every year. But very few have ever walked its entire length. In fact, more people have set foot on the surface of the moon than have completed this hike. The grueling … Continue reading

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How Has Colorado’s Landscape Changed Since 1873?

Do you ever imagine what Colorado looked like before millions of people moved here? A new website lets you compare what parts of Colorado looked like in the 1870s with what they look like today.  University of Colorado Colorado Springs geographer Tom Huber … Continue reading

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