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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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The U.S. Forest Service has released its draft decision to limit the number of daily visitors to Hanging Lake.

 

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Pitkin County adopted new regulations this week that allow residents to capture and reuse water from some kinds of indoor plumbing.

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The City of Aspen says a natural filter at the Aspen Recreation Center pool has improved water quality.

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The U.S. Forest Service received 11 objections to a draft decision on a logging project in the Upper Fryingpan Valley. The objections come from home and property owners, environmental groups like Wilderness Workshop and the Roaring Fork Audubon Society, the Town of Basalt and a mill in Montrose that would receive some of the timber.

 

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The Colorado State Forest Service released the 2017 Report on the Health of Colorado’s Forests last week.

 

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The U.S. Forest Service has received 11 formal objections to its draft decision to log up to 1,800 acres in the Upper Fryingpan Valley.

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Campers headed to Conundrum Hot Springs will be able to purchase a permit beginning in mid-April.

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The U.S. Forest Service has released a proposal to mitigate wildfire hazards on nearly 300 acres of national forest land in the Crystal River Valley. The plan includes mechanical treatments, like hand-cutting vegetation, at five locations in the valley and using prescribed fire near Marble.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

A bill that would allow Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to raise fees on hunting and fishing licenses was introduced in the state legislature last week. It would also increase state park entrance fees.

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Aspen's snowpack is about two thirds of average, and while skiers everywhere are hoping for more snow, those headed into the backcountry rely on the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) for data about avalanche conditions.

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Mayor Steve Skadron and the city’s climate action department launched the Compact of Colorado Communities last May. They are now partnering with the governor’s office to host a symposium on climate preparedness and clean energy. Governor John Hickenlooper has since recognized it as the leading network of local governments working on climate.

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The Town of Carbondale approved a contract last week to acquire land at the base of Red Hill from the Aspen Valley Land Trust (AVLT). AVLT purchased the property in January and has been raising money to build new trails and improve safety. The idea is to move the trailhead closer to the parking area.

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This week, Aspen City Council gave the go-ahead on two private leases on public land at Cozy Point Ranch. Aspen T.R.E.E., a local agriculture and education operation, will lease 14 acres, and Cozy Point equestrian facility will continue to operate on 27 acres. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy breaks down the details with Wyatt Orme.

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This week, Gov. Hickenlooper released his plan to encourage more Coloradans to drive electric.

 

Colorado senator Michael Bennet and representative Jared Polis introduced a bill yesterday that would designate new wilderness in the White River National Forest.

 

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The 2018 Outdoor Retailer and Snow Show, a major convention for the outdoor industry, kicks off today in Denver. When the snow melts, the industry will gather again in Colorado, this time, with tribal leaders.

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The City of Aspen wants to know just how much water flows in Maroon Creek and has contracted with the U.S. Geological Survey to keep an eye on it. It’s tied to efforts to make the city water supply more resilient.

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Dr. Melanie Armstrong teaches environmental policy and history at Western State Colorado University. She was in the Roaring Fork Valley last week as part of the Naturalist Nights environmental speaker series and sat down with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

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Wilderness Workshop has joined a lawsuit challenging the drilling of more than a hundred natural gas wells near Paonia.

 

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This winter, the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project has launched public awareness campaign meant to familiarize Coloradans with wolves and garner enthusiasm for reintroducing wolves in the state. They’ve teamed up with the nonprofit Living with Wolves to bring a photo exhibition to a unique setting in Aspen.

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