User: flenvcenter Topic: Biodiversity-Regional
Category: Specific Organisms :: Birds
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Foothills wants $1 million from Jeffco Open Space for Clement Park 28.1.2015 Denver Post: Local
The Foothills Park and Recreation District is hoping to secure $1 million from Jefferson County Open Space to pay for improvements at Clement ...
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Islamic State group nearly pushed out of Syria's Kobani 26.1.2015 Denver Post: National News Headlines
BEIRUT (AP) — Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ending in defeat.
Obama administration to propose new wilderness protections in Alaska 26.1.2015 Denver Post: All Political News
The Obama administration will propose setting aside the 1.5 million-acre coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as wilderness, the White House announced Sunday.
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Gunnison sage grouse battle heats up with two lawsuits filed Tuesday 21.1.2015 Denver Post: Local
A legal storm over Obama administration efforts to save Gunnison sage grouse intensified Tuesday as environment groups — and Colorado's former chief grouse scientist — demanded stricter ...
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Should we put a price on nature? 19.1.2015 Current Issue
A nuanced look at ecosystem services.
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Should nature have standing to sue? 19.1.2015 Current Issue
Even today, the natural world needs a co-plaintiff: us.
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Guest Commentary: Honest value of Colorado conservation easements debated 17.1.2015 Denver Post: Opinion
The value given the conservation easement on the land of Rocky Ford hay farmer Timothy Crow was correct. It was based on the work of Leo Eisel, an employee of the engineering firm of Brown and Caldwell.
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Moffat County gains trump card in Greater sage grouse debate 16.1.2015 Steamboat Pilot
Source: Jeff Comstock, Moffat County natural resource director The other 40 percent came from private donors, including funds collected by the Cattleman's Association. In the easement document, reasons for conserving the land include a desire to preserve Moffat County’s infamous wide-open spaces. More importantly, it preserves thousands of acres of dense Greater sage grouse habitat. Tim Griffiths, national coordinator for the Natural Resources Conservation Services’ Sage Grouse Initiative, said this particular parcel should be able to help conserve about 5,000 Greater sage grouse birds. He also said the biggest threat to the Greater sage grouse species is fragmentation and conserving this piece of land creates a quarter-million acre checkerboard of public and private conserved land woven together. “We just removed the threat of fragmentation in the one place in Colorado that has more birds than anywhere else in the state,” Griffiths said. He said 350 other species rely on sagebrush habitat, and this ...
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Editorial: Suing the federal government over sage grouse 3.1.2015 Denver Post: Opinion
When U.S. Fish & Wildlife director Daniel Ashe was in The Denver Post's offices in November, he was exceedingly confident about his agency's chances of prevailing if the state sued over its decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened.
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Editorial: Repayment vital in Colorado conservation easement cases 25.12.2014 Denver Post: Opinion
There's no question that some Colorado landowners who were sucked into problematic conservation easement deals a number of years ago are now suffering financially.
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Tanker truck hauling jet fuel catches fire on I-70 near Gypsum 23.12.2014 Denver Post: News: Local
Fire crews have knocked down a fire in the cab of a semi-trailer tanker hauling jet fuel and traveling westbound on Interstate 70 near Eagle on Tuesday ...
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Feds seek data on sage-grouse 23.12.2014 Durango Herald
DENVER – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking Native American tribes, government agencies and others to submit information about conservation efforts for the greater sage-grouse.Fish and Wildlife officials said Monday they need the best data possible to make a decision on whether the bird warrants protection under the...
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Kent Vertrees: Prevent grouse listing 23.12.2014 Steamboat Pilot
As an adjunct college professor who teaches students in an outdoor classroom near Dinosaur, I am closely following the fate of greater sage grouse. As the longtime manager of a local business, Steamboat Powdercats, I recognize that a healthy sagebrush habitat is an important driver for our local recreation dependent economy, as well as the iconic bird. In September 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide whether to list the bird under the Endangered Species Act — an outcome that no one wants because it would adversely impact recreation, local economies and energy development here in Colorado and in the 10 other states that make up the bird’s habitat. In the wake of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse as threatened, many in Routt County are concerned the greater sage grouse could follow suit. Although both birds have populations that are compromised significantly, they are different species with very different challenges. Greater sage grouse still occupy ...
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A federal budget bill has added more confusion to sage grouse fight 22.12.2014 Denver Post: All Political News
All it took was one sentence in a bill 1,603 pages long. But those 87 words were enough to sow more confusion in a years-long fight over the Gunnison sage-grouse and the greater sage-grouse — two rare birds in Colorado and the West.
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A federal budget bill has added more confusion to sage grouse fight. 22.12.2014 Denver Post: Local
All it took was one sentence in a bill 1,603 pages long. But those 87 words were enough to sow more confusion in a years-long fight over the Gunnison sage-grouse and the greater sage-grouse — two rare birds in Colorado and the ...
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Easement program failures penaliza taxpayers, landowners 21.12.2014 Headlines: All Headlines
Rocky Ford hay farmer Timothy Crow despises staring at bankruptcy. The 61-year-old says he hates it even more that Colorado put him there.
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Steamboat briefs: Christmas tree disposal available through January 19.12.2014 Steamboat Pilot
Now through the end of January, trees may be dropped off anytime at the northeast corner of the Howelsen Ice Arena parking lot. All tinsel, lights, nails and decorations should be removed from the trees. The area is for tree disposal only; no wreathes. The resulting mulch will be given to residents and used in city parks. Sorel Soiree to celebrate Howelsen Hill’s centennial Ticket sales for the 2015 Sorel Soiree, which will be held Feb. 6 and is hosted by the Alumni Club of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 7 and from 2 to 5 p.m. Jan. 10 at Howelsen Hill. Tickets are $90 each and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Starting at 9 a.m. Jan. 14, tickets can be purchased tickets online at www.sswsc.org . The annual soiree is hosted by the Alumni Club of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club and will celebrate Howelsen Hill’s 100th anniversary. The event features dancing to live music by Missed the Boat, catered food from Marno’s Custom ...
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A progress report on the Colorado River pulse 18.12.2014 High Country News Most Recent
Researchers are sifting through the impacts of last spring’s release.
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And the West is History 17.12.2014 Durango Herald
100 years ago: “Forest Ranger Frank Grubb leaves this morning for St. Louis on a visit. It is rumored by some of the North Durango night owls that Frank may bring back a blond.”75 years ago: “I, mayor of Durango, do hereby proclaim Dec. 17, 1939 FINLAND Day in this city and I ask the citizens of this community on...
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Outside chance 15.12.2014 Durango Herald
“What’s growing on that tree?” a young boy asked.Karen Carver, the Durango Nature Studies instructor that day, hadn’t even noticed the fuzzy material on the low branch. This was not part of the class curriculum. The fuzz was bear fur. Nearby, the youngsters found bear tracks.Their attention was riveted.
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