August 18, 2019 | Rangely - After hearing the Rangely District Hospital presentation about the proposed mill levy Tuesday, Rangely Mayor Andy Shaffer called the regular town board of trustees meeting to order. There were no public input, changes to the agenda public hearings, or reports from the council during this meeting.
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August 16, 2019 | Buena Vista Singletrack Coalition is excited that two new trails are currently under construction as part of the $151,000 grant awarded to the town of Buena Vista by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Non-Motorized State Trails Grant program.
The grant was submitted in partnership with Bureau of Land Management, Southwest Conservation Corps, Colorado Mountain Club and Buena Vista Singletrack Coalition.
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August 7, 2019 | A friends group of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument has been awarded two grants to support environmental education and to monitor wilderness study areas.
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August 7, 2019 | The Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) partners with land management agencies and organizations to accomplish critical conservation projects while providing young adults an opportunity to learn about land management issues and challenges. Participants from across the United States have been working together throughout the summer on a variety of assignments on public lands including the trails at Appomattox Court House NHP.
Source: ABC 13 News • Appalachian Conservation CorpsVisit Article
August 2, 2019 | Volunteer crews led by HistoriCorps, a nationally recognized non-profit organization, have been working to preserve the Brolliar Park Cabin this summer. The historic cabin, built by one of Arizona’s last homesteaders, is located in the Coconino National Forest south of Mormon Lake.
The award-winning group, which works to save historical structures on public lands around the nation, collaborated with the Coconino National Forest on the four-week project.
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August 2, 2019 | In Tucson, the National Forest Foundation, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and Arizona Conservation Corps is piloting a novel approach to traditional outdoor education curricula called the Earth Conservation Experience (ECE). The program connects high school students to their backyard forest by blending their individual interests in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) with their digital and online worlds.
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August 1, 2019 | A Kaibab National Forest employee was recently recognized for his efforts to bring together diverse stakeholders from across the state to support cooperative investments in technology and to promote data-sharing partnerships.
Mark Christiano, who serves as the forest's geographic information systems coordinator, was the recipient of the Regional Forester's Innovation in Technology Award for the Southwestern Region of the Forest Service.
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July 26, 2019 | FLAGSTAFF — At night, when winds are calm, the smoke subsides, revealing a mosaic of orange flames that glows like stars — a galaxy of destruction cradled by the dark mountains sitting below the twinkling night sky.
Mayor Coral Evans saw a similar sight when she was a child... She knows what kind of devastation these fires can cause, long after the flames are out.
Thanks to the quick response from firefighters and some rain, the Museum Fire is nowhere near as intense as the Radio Fire, the 2010 Schultz Fire and some others in recent memory, and the community is grateful for their work.
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July 26, 2019 | Southwest Conservation Corps and Mountain Studies Institute have partnered on a project to help landowners mitigate weed growth that came as a result of the 416 Fire.
A work crew from Southwest Conservation Corps sprayed herbicide Monday on invasive plants that sprouted in full force after last year’s 416 Fire burned 54,000 acres north of Durango. More than 100 private lots were sprayed with herbicide, including homes by Trimble Hot Springs and the Falls Creek subdivision.
SCC and MSI hope to control the spread of invasive plants that took root as a result of last summer’s fire, and SCC hopes to position itself as a local resource to help with future initiatives of this kind.
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July 24, 2019 | The U.S. Forest Service has embarked on a bit of a science experiment this summer, to see if trees, willows and other vegetation are able to take root on a waste pile near the Brooklyn Mine, located on a mountainside northwest of Silverton, said Gretchen Fitzgerald, a forester with the agency.
“Not much has been done with this waste rock,” Fitzgerald said. “But I wanted to try this.”
If successful, the project could have beneficial effects on water quality and set a precedent for the future restoration of toxic areas.
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