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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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Residents and visitors to Pitkin County produce a lot of trash — about twice the national average. On Tuesday, county commissioners will consider a plan to keep some reusable items out of the landfill.

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The federal government announced last week that it plans to remove the Canada lynx from the Endangered Species list.

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Pitkin County’s open spaces are increasingly being used for more than recreation, as agriculture is taking root on public lands.

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The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is taking public comment on a proposal for four new well pads near Rifle. It's the second phase of an ongoing project.

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Last month, the U.S. Forest Service released the environmental assessment of a new plan to manage visitors to Hanging Lake. It looks at the potential impacts of limiting use to the popular spot. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy discussed the findings with producer Christin Kay.

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Pitkin County has updated its plans to lessen the impacts of natural disasters, like floods and wildfires.

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Deep freezes in Western Colorado last spring damaged crops, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture is now offering some relief.

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Aspen Skiing Company canceled the Full Moon Dinner that was scheduled at Buttermilk’s Cliffhouse Restaurant on Tuesday, as safety concerns are growing on area mountains.

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The City of Aspen first adopted a climate action plan in 2007, with a target of an 80 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. City staff has promoted energy efficiency, increased mass transit and supported a bike share program. These actions have reduced emissions. But Aspen’s population has grown, and those reductions have been somewhat lackluster.

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Aspen Skiing Company’s Environment Foundation announced yesterday that, in its 20th year, it’s giving out more than $90,000 in grants.

Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop joined 15 other environmental watchdog groups to file a lawsuit against the federal government. The organizations want to see compliance with a rule to prevent the waste of methane.

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Aspen Skiing Company vice president of sustainability Auden Schendler is getting recognition in the industry for his work on climate awareness.

 

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Aspen City Council and staff are doubling down on fundraising efforts for a major transportation study.

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The Open Space and Trails board met Thursday to discuss proposed trail alignments through the Crystal Valley.

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The Pitkin County Open Space and Trails board meets Thursday morning to talk about public feedback on proposed trail alignments through the Crystal River Valley.

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The U.S. Forest Service released a draft decision yesterday to log up to 1,800 acres in the Upper Fryingpan Valley.

 

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December is ski season, with or without much natural snow. Aspen Skiing Company has relied on man-made snow to open local ski areas, but this comes with a cost.

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On Monday, Aspen City Council will consider funding a project to tell the story of the John Denver Sanctuary.

When Aspen Highlands opens Saturday, skiers and riders will have access to the most challenging in-bounds terrain in Aspen, thanks to the work of hard-core volunteers. These are the boot packers who help prepare the iconic Highland Bowl.

Earlier this week, Aspen City Council heard an update on how the community can reach its lofty goals of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It's going to take some teamwork.

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