Starship 1XE sits comfortably in its shelter while conservation flying continues in a TBM 700, a single engine turboprop that can fly at 300 knots and up to 31,000 ft. There are many ways to protect and conserve land. We can legislate, mandate, regulate and even monument-ate it. Or the old fashioned way ... buy it.

The BLM released a proposed final plan for its Oil and Gas Amendment to a Resource Management Plan for the White River Field Office in Colorado in March 2015. The plan proposes drilling over 15,000 new oil and gas wells in the Piceance Basin (up from 1,800 wells currently) over the next 20 years...
EcoFlight recently participated in a tribal gathering with members of Navajo, Ute Mountain Ute, Hopi, Zuni, Pueblo and Hualapai tribes and flew them over a landscape that is special to all of them in San Juan County, Utah called Bears Ears.
Dunn Road from the air looks like a rugged 30-mile dirt road, stemming off I-74 and winding its way through the middle of the Santa Rosa Mountains. The original intent of the road was a short-cut to private residences in the mountains around Palm Springs, California.
The mission today is a "drive" to Old Snowmass, to meet up with some old friends who are collaborating on the newest John Denver documentary. As one of John's longtime and dearest friends I was invited to "shoot the s*!" and share stories with a few other character gems. The documentary is focused on getting behind all the hoopla, and share things about the man that many people do not know.

EcoFlight flew a group of students from Colorado Mountain College over the Roan Plateau for the aerial perspective of what they are studying. Students had the opportunity to see the intact parts of on the Roan, and the heavy amount of development around its base and the private lands on top, and saw the Thompson Divide, a roadless area that provides important wildlife habitat and is an economic driver for local communities.

The Navajo Nation and Utah Diné Bikéyah have offered their vision for the protection and management of natural and cultural resources on federal lands in San Juan County, Utah. After identifying important cultural and biological areas, including Bears Ears and Cedar Mesa, maps were combined to create the boundaries of the proposed 1.9 million acre Bears Ears National Conservation Area which includes wilderness designations and co-managed areas.
There are incredible things about Utah that you see and there are incredible things about Utah that you don't see. As we head to Blanding on this fine winter day the air is smooth as silk and you can see forever. What we don't see are some of the plans afoot in Utah's halls of state government for many parts of this unique and spectacular landscape.
More than 100 years ago President Theodore Roosevelt designated the Grand Canyon as a national monument, and since then much more of the Grand Canyon ecosystem has been protected. But the watershed, which includes tributary canyons, grasslands and springs that flow into the Colorado River and Grand Canyon, is still threatened by grazing, increasing motorized use, logging and uranium mining.
Here in Colorado we had a classic Christmas. Snow and bitter cold with picturesque snow-wrapped trees. The sun rarely made an appearance, and clouds provided the backdrop for a cozy and most beautiful holiday season. Checking out the Farmers' Almanac (or more accurately weather.com) we noticed a break in the action for one day and combined a number of flight requests to fly a spectacular route, provide critical footage for the issue at hand and an aerial educational tour that was provocative and revealing.
EcoFlight flew members of the Carbondale Town Council over the Thompson Divide to get the areial perspective of the landscape that contributes $30 million dollars a year to the local economy and supports nearly 300 Colorado jobs. Councilman A.J. Hobbs wrote the following account of the flight, which was published in the Post Independent:
The BLM has been doing vegetation treatment projects on the Dark Canyon Plateau and other areas in an effort to increase big game and cattle grazing habitat. As we saw from the air, these projects are basically clear-cutting up to 100% of the pinyon-juniper forest in the treated areas.
Following a road from the air 1,000 feet above ground level is something we used to do on a daily basis, especially before the advent and routine use of GPS. So when the archaeologist onboard said fly to the Twin Angel Great House and follow the Great North Road south, I thought "piece of cake". The Great North Road leads south down to Chaco Canyon and was the main "thoroughfare", not just for trading and a means to get to other Great Houses like Pierre's Complex (discovered in the 1970s) along the way, but was also thought to be an ancient Pueblo religious pathway leading to their place of origin and along which the spirits of the dead travel.
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