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Environment News

The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers all things environment in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado. Issues include, but are not limited to, water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development.  APR’s environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy heads the desk.

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Pitkin County Open Space and Trails officials are facing one of their biggest years yet. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy details on the 2018 budget.

Courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife

  

Law enforcement officers with Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) say they’re seeing more hunters using drones to track wildlife. 

Courtesy of Bureau of Land Management

Several environmental watchdog groups, including Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, are formally protesting the sale of oil and gas leases on public lands in northwest Colorado.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy / Aspen Public Radio

Colorado's conservation policies earned a top ranking among western states.

 

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Local fire agencies plan to set a prescribed burn this week near El Jebel.

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Wildfires across the west have forced thousands of people to evacuate and destroyed homes in suburban areas. Jennifer Balch, the director of CU Boulder’s Earth Lab, has studied the human impacts on the fire season and the expansion of the wildfire territory. She spoke with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Courtesy of Holy Cross Energy

This month, a local utility is offering discounts for energy-saving water tanks for livestock.

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is joining forces with an organization started by Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron.

Courtesy of Pitkin County

Pitkin County commissioners are moving forward with a plan to remove loose rocks from the Ute Trail.

 

A law that passed last year in Colorado allows residents to capture and use rainwater for outdoor irrigation. As Roaring Fork Valley homeowners rely on weather patterns and natural cycles for their water supply, it's teaching them how to manage a scarce resource.

Courtesy of Pitkin County Open Space and Trails

Pitkin County’s Open Space and Trails program leases 240 acres of agricultural land to local farmers, and now the board is considering shouldering some of the costs for tools, too.

Elizabeth Stewart-Severy/Aspen Public Radio News

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) awarded more than $700,000 to local energy programs on Wednesday.

Courtesy of Aspen Center for Physics

The Aspen Center for Physics can add another name to its list of Nobel Prize winning lecturers.

 

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Last week, federal officials discovered a major marijuana grow operation in the White River National Forest south of Carbondale and made one arrest.

Brent Gardner-Smith / Aspen Journalism

This fall, voters in Aspen will decide if they’ll approve $3 million in bonds to purchase land in Woody Creek. City Council intends to buy the land regardless of the outcome of the vote.

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It’s been a particularly challenging summer season for Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA), with eight deaths in the Elk Mountain Range, including five on Capitol Peak.

 

Courtesy of Joe Carlson

Bears Ears is one of 27 national monuments under review by the Trump administration. Recent reports indicate that Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke has recommended a drastic reduction in its size.

Last month, Pitkin County released a report detailing the environmental impacts of proposed changes at the airport. The public can skip the 250-page document and learn about the project in person this week.

Courtesy of Colorado River District

The Colorado River District has one finalist — a local water attorney — for its general manager position.

Earlier this month, Joe Seeds was rescued by a Blackhawk helicopter and a Mountain Rescue Aspen (MRA) team. He had lost his way on Capitol Peak. Seeds was back in the valley yesterday to pick up his pack and campsite from Capitol Lake and stopped by the studio to talk with reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

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