A new National Park Service report shows that 6,536 visitors to Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site in 2017 spent $373,700 in communities near the park. That spending supported seven jobs in the local area and had a cumulative benefit to the local economy of $375,300.
With wildfires already burning homes in Colorado this spring, more than three-quarters of the state in drought conditions and a low snowpack, the possibility of a dangerous wildfire season looms in the minds of many residents. Now is an ideal time for homeowners living in the wildland-urban interface, public lands users and others to become more knowledgeable about how they can join in reducing wildfire risk.
Search and rescue experts from several area agencies plan to resume searching Lake Pueblo on Tuesday for a man in a small aluminum boat who went missing along the north shore of Lake Pueblo State Park.
The search began shortly after noon Monday following calls from witnesses who reported seeing a small boat, hearing a loud noise, then seeing the boat disappear and a man in the water several yards off shore, calling for help.
When the man didn't swim to shore, the witnesses, who were fishing on the shore, called 9-1-1 for help.
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper along with the Denver Post Community Foundation, announced Kiowa, Bennett, and Limon as the host communities for this year's Pedal The Plains bike ride.
The 188-mile, three-day tour will take place Sept. 14 - 16. The 2018 Tour includes a new gravel century ride. Registration is now open online at www.pedaltheplains.com.
The United States Bureau of Land Management has announced that Catherine Cook, who was the BLM Deputy Division Chief for Fluid Minerals in Washington, D.C., has been selected as the District Manager for the Rocky Mountain District in Colorado.
The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission will discuss adopting recommendations for 2018 Big Game limited licenses, the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program and consider rules and designation of the Cameo Shooting and Educational Complex. The Commission will also hear updates on the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan and begin discussing the next Big Game Season Structure at its May meeting in Grand Junction.
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May 5 is "Wildfire Preparedness Day" in Colorado - a day when communities across the state come together to prepare for wildfires and take actions to reduce their wildfire risk. The proclamation, which dedicates a day to engage communities in focusing on activities that create awareness, education and action to reduce potential deaths and property losses through their preparedness efforts, coincides with the 2018 National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day.
As part of a budding partnership between the two organizations, the Colorado State Forest Service has received a donation from the Girl Scouts of Colorado to provide 7,500 seedling trees to be used for reforestation efforts in Colorado.
There are too many trees in Sierra Nevada forests, say scientists affiliated with the National Science Foundation (NSF) Southern Sierra Critical Zone Observatory (CZO).
That may come as a surprise to those who see dense, verdant forests as signs of a healthy environment. After all, green is good, right? Not necessarily. When it comes to the number of trees in California forests, bigger isn't always better.