The Gunnison Public Lands Initiative is a citizen-led, community-based partnership working to permanently protect over 500,000 acres of public lands in Gunnison County for their wilderness, wildlife, agricultural, and recreation values. This unique and diverse coalition includes representatives from the ranching, water resources, motorized recreation, conservation, mountain biking, hunting, and angling communities.
The American Prairie Reserve is an independent non-profit organization that has privately undertaken a project in northeastern Montana to create a wildlife conservation area of over three million contiguous acres through a combination of both private and public lands. In a global 2008 assessment prepared for the Temperate Grasslands Conservation Initiative (TGCI), scientists identified the area as one of only four remaining areas in the world that are viable options for landscape-scale grasslands conservation
As part of a larger IMBA/Outdoor Alliance land protection and recreation campaign, our partners are collaborating to have a voice to advocate for USFS management plans for the Lionhead area to provide continued recreation opportunities for mountain bikers.
In 1994, it was discovered that acid mine drainage had been forming on the embankment at the tailings facility at the Thompson Creek Mine since 1987. Agencies and the mine finally took action in the late 1990s to remove and/or bury acid-forming sands on the site. This pollution will last in perpetuity. The mining company is currently collecting this discharge and treating it, but no money has been set aside to continue water quality treatments after the mine closes.
Geronimo. The term brings to mind many things but most of all a fearless warrior of the Apache Nation, the last to surrender to the U. S. Military. It's also a word I heard when jumping out of from airplanes in the army to show a lack of fear (or stupidity, in leaping from a perfectly reliable machine). As you are reading this Captain's blog I can only assume you share a love of the land and wild spaces, as do I.
The Borah Peak area (in the Lost River Range) and the Pioneer Mountains area have previously been recommended as wilderness in prior forest plans and have been managed for 40 years to maintain their wilderness characteristics. During the current forest plan revision process, all areas are evaluated from scratch, meaning that previously recommended areas don't automatically maintain their recommended wilderness status and associated interim protections.
The Trump administration shrunk Bears Ears National Monument to 220,000 acres from 1.35 million against the wishes of the tribes and millions of citizens who commented on the monument review. The legality of of this move is currently the subject of ongoing legal challenges...
What a winter it has been. It feels like I have spent the entire time in a blizzard. Driving in snowstorms, skiing in them and flying around them en route to our partners in California, the very same storms that ended up bringing extreme weather to Colorado. So extreme that an avalanche in Conundrum Valley, where I live, is being evaluated as the largest of its kind in U.S. history.
The Puente-Chino Hills Wildlife Corridor spans a 31-mile-long hillside system and connects preserved lands across four counties. The anchor parcel is the 14,100-acre Chino Hills State Park and the 4,000 acres protected on the western side of the hills. They are tethered to the Santa Ana Mountains via Coal Canyon-an acquisition aimed at protecting wildlife connectivity. Additional connections still need to be secured in order to ensure the integrity of wildlife habitat and healthy populations here.
After insightful and successful flights with press, superintendents, supervisors and other elected officials, I land at Twenty Nine Palms and begin my shutdown checklist: Throttle 1000rpm, lights off, avionics master switch off, I-pad stowed, condition lever cutoff, master off, mags off.
The Rim of the Valley is a campaign to expand the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area by over 190,000 acres, more than doubling the size of the existing park. The expansion will enable the National Park Service and local communities to better protect natural resources and habitats, and provide improved access to nature for recreational and educational purposes.
On July 16, 1979  the Churchrock uranium mill tailings pond failed, spilling 1,000 tons of solid radioactive mill waste. 93 million gallons of acidic, radioactive tailings solution flowed into the Puerco River and downstream onto the Navajo Nation. To this day the spill is the largest release of radioactive material in U.S. history, but the accident received little media attention and poor cleanup response from the federal government.
Captain's Log Starship 1XE, Day 3 in the month November, Earth Calendar year 2018.
Turkey day is coming up and there is actually snow on the peaks, improved levels of water in reservoirs, and the valleys around Aspen are chilly and still passable as the hordes prepare to descend on this magical ski town, our own 'Never Never Land'.
The Roosevelt fire in the Bridger-Teton National Forest started on September 15th 2017. The fire burned over 60,000 acres and destroyed over 55 homes in the Hoback Ranches subdivision. U.S. Forest Service Investigators concluded that the fire was caused by an abandoned campfire. Landslides are a common concern in this area, and much more so since the fire.
Captain's Log Starship 1XE, Day 19 in the month October, Earth Calendar year 2018.
Variety is the spice of life.
And so it is fall, and anything goes: CAVU (ceiling absolute visibility unlimited), smoke, fog, rain and snow. Long bomber airfields and short diminutive aerodromes under high mountain passes in California and Oregon that were as exacting as they were beautiful.
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