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Public News Service - CO: Public Lands/Wilderness

The Continental Divide Trail, authorized by Congress in 1978, is nearly 95 percent complete. (Xnatedawgx/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER -- Congressman Jared Polis put in some volunteer time over the weekend on the Continental Divide Trail near Copper Mountain. Saturday's event brought together the youth groups City WILD and Environmental Learning for Kids, along with volunteer trail stewards from the area, to do light maint

Wildlife depend on unobstructed access to wetlands and large swaths of wild spaces for breeding and migration across mountain areas between seasons. (Pixabay)

DENVER – On Saturday, a group of volunteers is heading into a wilderness area south of Bailey to check on restoration work done last year on a former playground for off-road vehicles. Lee Patton, a renowned author of books set in the great outdoors, is leading the hike. He says in addition t

Proponents of Mexican wolves say they are an invaluable part of their ecosystems, helping to control diseases and providing food and shelter for hundreds of other species. (Brian Gratwicke/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is narrowing in on a plan that would remove the Mexican wolf from the endangered species list and hand management over to states. David Parsons, a former Mexican wolf coordinator for the agency, said he thinks it’s the wrong path. He noted that fe

Illegal motorized recreation in restricted watershed areas puts fish populations at risk and pollutes drinking water. (Pixabay)

DENVER - Volunteers and U.S. Forest Service staff are headed back into South Park's Farnum Roadless area to restore critical watershed, native plants and wildlife habitat. Misi Ballard, broadband leader for the group "Great Old Broads for Wilderness," led an effort earlier this month, checking on

Colorado welcomes more than 7  million visitors a year to federally protected lands, including Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, who inject nearly $500 million into local economies. (Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Public lands draw millions of visitors to Colorado who support local jobs and boost revenues, according to a new report by Democratic members of the Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Each year the outdoor recreation industry adds more than $28 billion in consumer spending in C

The U.S. Department of Interior is taking steps to speed up applications for oil and gas drilling on public lands. (Getty Images)

DENVER – U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke signed an order yesterday opening up more public lands for drilling and mining in an effort he says is needed to tackle permitting backlogs and delays. Chris Saeger, executive director of the Western Values Project, warns the measure could result i

The Bureau of Land Management is considering how to best manage activities on public lands in the Eastern Colorado Region, including

DENVER - Low-impact outdoor activities such as hiking and camping make a big impression on Colorado's economy, according to a new report. In 2015, according to the study, non-motorized or "quiet" recreation on public lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management in eastern Colorado generated more

Drought and warmer temperatures have been linked to an increase in the number and size of wildfires across western states. (Getty Images)

DENVER – The amount of air pollution released by forest fires is three times larger than previous EPA estimates, and particulates can have a long-lasting impact on climate - according to two new studies from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Greg Huey, a professor at Georgia Tech, says sm

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