User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Regional
Category: Problems :: Habitat Loss
Last updated: Sep 16 2014 13:49 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Morgan County owners envision resort on sage grouse turf 16.9.2014 Salt Lake Tribune
Morgan County officials are weighing a request to rezone an undeveloped piece of the Wasatch Back to allow a resort on critical sage grouse lek, or habitat. The development proposal could damage the state’s most popular lek, where birders flock every April to observe the grouse’s peculiar mating ritual. Property owners’ plans for their 2,800 acres of land have sparked an outcry from conservationists as well as locals who fear high-density development would degrade the rural character and quiet o...
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Newest easement brings total conservation acres at Smith Rancho to 11,807 3.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Appraised value of 3,507 acres: $2.96 million Landowner contribution: $1.78 million (60.2 percent) Routt County contribution: $580,300 plus $19,700 closing costs GoCo grant: $600,000 Total conserved acres of Dry Creek Ranch/Smith Rancho: 11,807 Funding for the PDR program comes from 1.5 mills of voter-approved property taxes last renewed in 2006. The PDR program is intended to give landowners an economically attractive alternative to selling land for development by instead compensating them for giving up development rights to the land. Tuesday’s unanimous vote by the Routt County commissioners to use $600,000 of dedicated property tax dollars to conserve an additional 3,507 acres of Dry Fork Ranch north of Hayden marks a landmark 50th conserved property for Routt County’s Purchase of Development Rights program. The new easement also may signal a new era when candidates for conservation easements routinely sever their own subsurface mineral rights from the surface rights in order to preserve their right ...
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Deer declining across Colorado and West 14.7.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Bouncy, big-eared icons of the American West, deer are declining rapidly across Colorado and other states — forcing difficult decisions.
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Bald eagles thrive while goldens face rising threats around West 6.7.2014 Denver Post: Local
Bald eagles are popping out in healthy numbers around Colorado, where historically they were rare, a dramatic adaptation that lifts ...
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In elections, sage grouse may rule the roost 6.7.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER – An obscure, chicken-sized bird best known for its mating dance could help determine whether Democrats or Republicans control the U.S. Senate in November.The federal government is considering listing the greater sage grouse as an endangered species next year. Doing so could limit development, energy exploration, hunting...
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Building homes with pedal power 6.7.2014 Durango Herald
When Dustin Englebet rides his bicycle to help build a house, he doesn’t mess around.He started in Jacksonville, Florida. Then he rode to Mobile, Alabama. Then New Orleans, Dallas, Santa Fe. The list goes on.On Saturday, he woke up in Durango, and he won’t be done until he reaches Monterey, California. But he is...
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Phoenix migrant family succeeds from 50-cent start 28.6.2014 azcentral.com | Arizona Republic Front Page
First family, latest family: Habitat for Humanity builds 1,000th home in the ...
Dying grouse, chickens force rescue blitz as feds mull ESA protection 21.6.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Looming federal protection for three species of chicken-like birds is driving an unprecedented voluntary push in Colorado and other Western states to prevent their ...
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Feds block oil, gas and coal leasing of sage grouse habitat 17.6.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Federal authorities issued a moratorium blocking oil, gas and coal leasing of public land that is habitat for the imperiled Gunnison sage grouse - placing 800,000 acres acres of ...
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Wildland firefighting takes funding from other vital programs 11.6.2014 High Country News Most Recent
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Local churches putting belief into action 9.6.2014 Durango Herald
Lucy Bultmann of Durango is usually at church on a Sunday morning, but this Sunday, she was framing a house.It was hot, and the hammer got heavy, but Bultmann said she enjoyed working for a cause.That cause was Love Out Loud, a collaboration of Christ the King Lutheran Church and First United Methodist Church of Durango working...
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Aurora neighbors upset over plans for late-night club near homes 3.6.2014 Denver Post: Local
AURORA — A proposed event center that would replace a vacant hotel in northwest Aurora has met resistance from residents and representatives from Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver who say parts of the development would disrupt the lifestyle of its ...
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Restore fish to Oregon’s Sandy River Basin: Just add trees 25.4.2014 From the Blogs
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Of mice and myth: Colorado flood recovery the latest chapter in Preble’s mouse saga 20.2.2014 From the Blogs
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Is the Preble's mouse in the way? Depends on which way you sway 13.2.2014 Denver Post: All Political News
WASHINGTON — Will a little mouse the size of an iPhone with kangaroo-proportioned feet tangle up the speed of flood recovery projects in northern Colorado this spring?
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High-ranking federal officials confer with Northwest Colorado leaders on fate of pivotal sage grouse 25.1.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Routt County was represented this week by commissioners Steve Ivancie and Tim Corrigan at what could prove to have been a pivotal meeting in Moffat County with federal officials, including Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, about the endangered status of the greater sage grouse. It was a meeting that took place with the awareness that the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is under a court mandate to decide by 2015 whether to place the sage grouse on the endangered species list. It is a decision fraught with economic consequences, including putting billions of dollars in mineral resources off limits, according to a recent Denver Post article based on reporting by the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel. It also was a meeting that Jewell’s staff barred a Craig newspaper reporter from attending, but one that Ivancie said was nonetheless very positive in its tone and in the acknowledgement that the local stewards of private land can contribute much to improving the health of threatened sage grouse ...
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From bison to birds, the National Park Service rethinks its approach to migratory species 24.1.2014 From the Blogs
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1 World Trade Center named tallest building in the United States 13.11.2013 Durango Herald
NEW YORK x2013 They set out to build the tallest skyscraper in the world x2013 a giant that would rise a symbolic 1,776 feet from the ashes of ground zero.Those aspirations of global supremacy fell by the wayside long ago, but New York won a consolation prize Tuesday when an international architectural panel said it would recognize...
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Feds proposing plan to protect sage grouse in the West 31.10.2013 Salt Lake Tribune
The Bureau of Land Management on Friday will release a proposed plan to protect greater sage grouse on 4 million acres of federal land and subsurface mineral areas in Utah. Among the many conservation measures envisioned, the plan would prohibit drilling within 4 miles of leks, the places where the chicken-sized bird stages its late-winter mating rituals. Other disturbances would be barred near leks, depending on the nature of the activity and time of year. The BLM wants to amend land-use plans ...
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Decent housing a basic human right, say Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter 10.10.2013 Headlines: All Headlines
Over the 30 years that President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, have built houses with Habitat for Humanity, he has not wavered in his conviction that a decent home is a basic human
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