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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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Last week, the U.S. Forest Service finalized its plan to limit overnight stays in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The most immediate change for backpackers and campers will be a paid-permitting system at Conundrum Hot Springs.

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Aspen Skiing Company is looking for approval for a new lift on Highlands. The U.S. Forest Service is now taking public comment on several proposed projects at the ski area.

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Next summer, backpackers planning to stay overnight at Conundrum Hot Springs will need reservations.

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Voters in Aspen will see a bond measure, Issue 2C, on this fall's ballot. If approved, it would provide funding to buy property in Woody Creek that the city hopes to use as a reservoir someday.

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Pitkin County Commissioners are set to adopt a climate action plan that details how county departments can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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Electric bikes have cruised to popularity, and local governments are scrambling to keep up. Changes in state laws have left a patchwork of policies, and e-bikers aren’t always sure where they can ride. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy took to the trails to check out the new technology and brings us this report.

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Off-highway vehicles, like ATVs, have long been illegal on Pitkin County roads, but the policy hasn’t been enforced. That will change soon.

 

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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.

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

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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.

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

 

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