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Category: Problems :: Habitat Loss
Last updated: Nov 27 2014 13:05 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Home for the holidays 27.11.2014 Durango Herald
BAYFIELD –Thanksgiving may be frantic for Xiomara “Mara” Cuellar, but she already knows what she’ll be giving thanks for, not just today, but for some time to come.Over the next four days, she and her six children are moving into their new home built through Habitat for Humanity of La Plata County. The...
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Can biomimicry tackle our toughest water problems? 24.11.2014 Current Issue
With floating islands and other inventions, eco-entrepreneur Bruce Kania thinks so.
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Our View: Hearth and home 23.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
One could approach the news this week that Routt County Habitat for Humanity is dissolving from several points of view, but we find ourselves focused on the implications the news holds for Routt County’s attainable housing market. At Issue The community’s ability to provide workforce housing Our View Down valley growth may be our fate The Habitat board called out, in a letter to the editor, the challenges of finding affordable building sites for new Habitat homes as a factor in their decision to hang it up. They also cited the difficulty of meeting Habitat income guidelines for households making more than $45,000 annually (depending upon family size). Livable incomes here don’t mesh well with income standards that don’t take into account the cost of living and wages in resort towns. The Habitat dissolution letter pointed out that building lots in Steamboat begin at $120,000 and go up. Our search of buildable lots in Steamboat this week revealed one small lot on Penny Lane in West End Village listed for ...
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Routt County Habitat for Humanity board of directors: Thanks for support 18.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Fifteen years ago, a group of committed volunteers formed the Routt County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity — International with the mission of building or renovating simple, safe houses with people in need in our community. Over the years, through the generosity of hundreds of individuals, companies and nonprofits, Routt County Habitat was able to build 10 single-family/duplex units and 20-plus renovations. This was accomplished because of direct financial support, endless volunteer hours and incredible in-kind support. We are now faced with the formidable challenge of acquiring a lot to build a home for another family. Lots within the Steamboat area now are over $120,000 and climbing. The Habitat organization guidelines limit our ability to partner with a family making more than $45,000, depending on family size. Even with substantial donations, the hurdles of acquiring a lot and building another home are daunting, and at this point, such a task seems unrealistic. Sadly, Routt County Habitat for ...
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Yampa Valley Housing Authority agrees to take on assets and liabilities of Habitat 18.11.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The board of directors of Routt County Habitat for Humanity was expected to vote Monday night on whether to transfer its assets and liabilities to the Yampa Valley Housing Authority in the process of dissolving the local chapter of Habitat. The board of the Yampa Valley Housing Authority (YVHA), which is funded with tax dollars provided by both the city of Steamboat Springs and Routt County, already voted to accept Habitat’s assets and liabilities at its Nov. 13 meeting, according to YVHA Executive Director Jason Peasley. “Both boards have to approve the resolution,” Peasley said. “We are acquiring their assets and liabilities because they are dissolving the local chapter. They are required to transfer their assets and liabilities to a like organization when they dissolve. We aren’t acquiring their mission. We will acquire Restore (Habitat’s home appliance retail outlet), which we will re-brand, some of their cash, and the (Habitat) mortgages transfer to us as well.” Habitat Board President Kathi Meyer ...
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Gunnison sage grouse gets divisive 'threatened' listing 14.11.2014 High Country News Most Recent
The decision upsets enviros and industry alike.
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Gunnison sage grouse gets federal protection to prevent extinction 13.11.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Federal wildlife officials on Wednesday committed to the ecological rescue of the Gunnison sage grouse, which has been forced to the brink of extinction by development in the West.
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Feds face heat over push to save yellow-billed cuckoo, delays rescue 15.10.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Federal wildlife officials facing pressure from members of Congress on Tuesday delayed action on their proposal to designate nearly 550,000 acres in nine states, including parts of Colorado, as habitat for the imperiled yellow-billed cuckoo.
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Ariz.'s yellow-billed cuckoo receives protection 3.10.2014 azcentral.com | Arizona Republic Front Page
A white-bellied bird known for the "kowlp" call it sounds from mesquite trees and willow woodlands is Arizona's newest threatened ...
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AZ's yellow-billed cuckoo receives federal protection 3.10.2014 azcentral.com | Arizona Elections
A white-bellied bird known for the "kowlp" call it sounds from mesquite trees and willow woodlands is Arizona's newest threatened ...
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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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