PUBLIC NEWS SERVICE
By Eric Galatas
February 4, 2019
DENVER – Voters in Colorado and other western states continue to support conservation policies for publicly owned lands, putting them at odds with the Trump administration’s energy dominance agenda, according to the ninth annual Conservation in the West Poll from Colorado College.
Gov. Jared Polis says the poll’s results show a clear mandate to keep public lands accessible for outdoor recreation, which he sees as a vital part of the Colorado way of life.
“That’s really one of the reasons that people choose to live here, why people move here, why people visit our state,” Polis says. “Over 500,000 people work in outdoor recreation and tourism that puts food on the table for their families.” Read more
COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT
By Faith Miller
March 5, 2019
Just east of Interstate 25, a few miles north of the New Mexico border, 9,600-foot-tall Fisher’s Peak is a hidden gem in plain sight.
The Trinidad landmark has long been closed to the public. But thanks to a land purchase completed Feb. 28, the peak and the ranch it sits on will open for as-yet-undefined public use within a few years.
The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Public Land, two nonprofit organizations focused on conservation and land access, bought Crazy French Ranch and will spend the next two years or so working with the city of Trinidad, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Great Outdoors Colorado, and Trinidad State Junior College to develop a management plan for the peak-containing property. That could include opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding and education, says Matthew Moorhead, director of business development and strategic partnerships for The Nature Conservancy. Read more.
SANTA FE NEW MEXICAN
By Lori Weigel and Dave Metz
March 4, 2019
There is good news for New Mexicans who may be feeling like the last kid picked for the team during this economic turnaround.
In the recent Conservation in the West Poll of voters in eight Mountain West states, New Mexico voters expressed economic angst far higher than their neighbors in the region around issues like low wages, unemployment and slow growth.
Amid the economic uncertainty, there is a bright spot. An overwhelming majority in New Mexico — 84 percent — believe the outdoor economy is important to the economic future of their state. In fact, a majority say that this segment of the economy — which was defined as not only people coming to hunt, fish, camp and recreate in the state, but also those who manufacture and sell equipment for those activities — is “very important.”
LAS VEGAS SUN
By C. Moon Reed
March 1, 2019
Polar bears are invading Russian villages because melting arctic ice pushes them toward civilization.
That’s just the latest story in a string of disasters, ominous warnings and strange happenings brought on by global climate change.
While we may be distant from polar vortexes and sea-level rise, Southern Nevada faces its own existential challenges because of climate change. The American Southwest is at risk of rising temperatures, drought, flooding and declining ecosystem integrity, according to the Trump administration’s fourth National Climate Assessment, which was released in November. The report predicts that these changes could strain water resources, hamper food and hydropower energy production, hurt human health and harm indigenous peoples. Read more.
By Lauren Gilger
February 19, 2019
Updated: February 20, 2019
More Arizonans today — nearly two-thirds in fact — are concerned about climate change and view it as a serious problem. That’s one of the main findings from the latest Conservation in the West Poll.
Every year for the last nine years, the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project has conducted this poll and, over that time, seen people in Western states shift their attitudes towards climate change, the environment and public lands.
But there has been one constant for them over that time — the importance of the natural environment.
The Show spoke about this with Dave Metz, a partner with FM3 Research, one of two firms that conducted the survey of 32,000 people in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Read more.
JACKSON HOLE NEWS & GUIDE
February 20, 2019
Celebrate public lands
Public lands in Wyoming and the West, are, by definition for everybody. These lands have been managed for multiple use by the people of our state, country and the world for more than 50 years.
A simple effort to create a day of recognition of the diverse recreational benefits of all public lands has met resistance at the Wyoming Legislative session again this year.
Other states use annual Public Lands Day events to get people outside to participate in service projects and give something back to the natural resources they utilize throughout the year.
A proposal to include multiple use in the title of the bill, and the official name of the annual day, ended up preventing the bill from advancing last year. Read more
Voters in Western US States Are Really Concerned About Climate Change. But Does This Change What They Do? It’s Interesting.
The Western US has seen a lot of climate-change-caused extreme events such as fire and drought. That might explain why this year, a new survey shows that voters there are more worried about climate change now than they were 2 years ago.
A majority of voters in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming rated climate change a serious problem – even in traditionally “red” states.
Normally, most people vote about the economy – wages and unemployment. Instead, respondents said they were more concerned about low river and stream levels, water quality, and insufficient water supplies. Read more
Colorado voters back clean water, wildlife habitat
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By Shanna Fortier
February 11, 2019
Colorado residents continue to support efforts to keep public lands protected and accessible, according to the ninth annual Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll, which was released Jan. 31 and presented at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in Denver.
The poll surveyed the views of voters in Colorado and seven other Mountain West states — Arizona, Idaho,
Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming — on policies impacting the use and protection of public lands. The role of public lands and the outdoor way of life continued to be of deep importance to Colorado voters, with 73 percent of Coloradans viewing themselves as “outdoor recreation enthusiasts” and 69 percent labeling themselves as “conservationists.” Read more