FLIGHTS: Colorado
2010 Flight Across America - Renewable Energy
State: Colorado, New Mexico
Description: EcoFlight's 2010 Flight Across America Student Program took four high school students from the Roaring Fork Valley, Colorado, to study renewable energy and transmission and wildlife corridors in depth, and teamed up with students from the Santa Fe Indian School for a seminar and overflights of wind farms in New Mexico.... read more
2010 Kestrel High School Program - Hidden Gems Wilderness
State: Colorado
Region: Pitkin County
Description: In November 2010, high school students from the Roaring Fork Valley took part in a study of the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal areas, flying over the White River National Forest and nearby BLM lands to see where there will be several brand-new wilderness areas, and significant increases in the existing ones.... read more
2011 Flight Across America  - National Parks
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners States - American Southwest
Description: EcoFlight's 2011 Flight Across America Student Program was an intensive study of iconic national parks in the U.S. Southwest and the environmental pressures being imposed on them.  EcoFlight and four students from CU Boulder and Colorado Mountain College flew over five Southwestern national parks... read more
2011 Kestrel College Program - Roan Plateau
State: Colorado
Description: In late July 2011, Colorado University INVST Community Leadership students rounded out their natural gas studies with Kestrel Program overflights of the Thompson Divide area, to see for themselves where drilling is proposed and then over energy development on the Roan Plateau near Rifle, Colorado, where drilling has occurred....read more
2011 Kestrel High School Program - Thompson Divide
State: Colorado
Description: In May 2011, high school students from the Roaring Fork Valley took part in EcoFlight's Kestrel Program on natural gas drilling, with a roundtable seminar focused on gas development in the Thompson Divide area and then seeing the contrast between pristine and developed landscapes for themselves from the air... read more
2012 Flight Across America - Upper Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River
Description: Flight Across America 2012 focused on water conservation concerns in the Upper Colorado River Basin, emphasizing the crucial role water plays in sustaining natural and societal life. With our college level students, the program took an aerial look at water and its relation to the health of ecosystems, energy development, urban planning, recreation, agriculture, and wildlife habitat in Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Wyoming...
2012 Kestrel College Program - Thompson Divide
State: Colorado
Description: In late July 2012, students from University of Colorado, Boulder INVST Community Leadership Program took part in EcoFlight's Kestrel Program on natural gas leases in the Thompson Divide in Colorado. SG Interests is preparing to apply for permits to drill wells on thousands of acres in the Thompson Divide... read more
2012 Kestrel High School Program - Piceance Basin
State: Colorado
Description: In March 2012, students and faculty from the John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado took part in an EcoFlight Kestrel Program studying oil and gas development in the Piceance Basin and looking at how large-scale development impacts the environment and nearby communities...read more
2013 Flight Across America - Wild Land Designations
State: Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Description: Flight Across America (FLAA) 2013 focused on the multiple designations of wild land protections that exist in today’s era, and the threats that wilderness quality lands are facing in the West.  Continue reading...
2014 Flight Across America - 50 Years of Wilderness
State: Colorado, Utah, Wyoming
Description: Flight Across America 2014 (our annual multi-state student program) focused on the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act: the importance of wilderness designations for our public wild lands, and the threats that wilderness quality lands are facing in the West, and the difficulty of obtaining these designations in the current political climate.
Colorado - Coal Creek Reclamation
State: Colorado
Region: Crystal River Watershed
Description: Coal Creek, which flows into the Crystal near Redstone, has been impacted by 50 years of coal mining operations. This has resulted in extremely unstable, steep slopes, exposed mining tailings, causing erosion, pollution, sedimentation and stream health issues...read more
Colorado - Dolores River
State: Colorado
Region: Southwest Colorado, Canyon County
Description: The Dolores River Canyon is a pristine desert area containing some of the most outstanding canyon scenery in Colorado. It includes benchlands and mesa uplands, portions of five tributary canyons, and a segment is recommended as a wild river under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act... read more
Colorado - Mamm Peak Roadless Area
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: The Mamm Peak roadless area is located approximately 8 miles south of Rifle, on the north slope of Battlement Mesa. With dramatic peaks, grassy meadows, steep shale cliffs, and thick forests, this roadless area is more than just a majestic scenic resource.
Colorado - Mesa County Mudslide
State: Colorado
Region: Mesa County
Description: A sea of mud and debris flowed down the green foothills of western Colorado’s Grand Mesa on May 25th, 2014, carving a path of destruction 3 miles long and a half-mile wide.
Colorado - Mesa Verde National Park
State: Colorado, New Mexico
Description: Mesa Verde National Park features thousands of archeological ruins that speak to the lives of the Ancestral Puebloan people, who built cliff dwellings there over 800 years ago. In addition to invasive species and other threats, air quality in the park is being continually degraded by two adjacent coal-fired power plants.
Colorado - National Monument
State: Colorado
Description: Colorado National Monument is located between Fruita and Grand Junction on Colorado's western slope.  The geology of this 32 square mile region showcases beautiful red sandstone canyons of ancient precambrian basement rocks which are only visible in a few places on the Colorado Plateau... continue reading...
Colorado - North Park
State: Colorado
Region: North Park
Description: Sometimes called the Serengeti of Colorado, North Park is a high basin in the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado. Plans to drill the Niobrara Formation in North Park are drawing concerns from local sportsmen, anglers and conservation groups about the area's delicate resources... read more
Colorado - Parachute Creek Gas Plant Spill
State: Colorado
Region: Garfield County
Description: In January, 2013 crews discoverd a leak at a gas plant on Parachute Creek. It wasn't until March that they reported the contaminated soil – a plume of liquid hydrocarbons surging up from the ground just 50 feet from Parachute Creek. Officials estimate the plume to be 200 feet long, 170 feet wide and 14 feet deep. Benzene has been discovered in ground water and in the creek itself.
Colorado - Pawnee National Grassland
State: Colorado
Region: East of Fort Collins and Greeley Colorado
Description: The nearly 200,000-acre Pawnee National Grassland, east of Fort Collins in Colorado, is a mixed-grass prairie that supports an incredible diversity of life. Continue reading...
Colorado - Pinebeetles
State: Colorado
Description: Colorado's distinctive lodgepole pine trees are under attack from a beetle infestation described by scientists as a "perfect storm" which could destroy 90% of the western American state's pine forests. Forests throughout the Rocky Mountain region continue to suffer from the impact of the bark beetle... read more
Colorado - Roadless Areas
State: Colorado
Region: Mamm Creek, Currant Creek, Kannah Creek, Flat Tops
Description: After a decade of litigation, rulemaking and public input, Colorado's Roadless Areas are surrounded by much discussion. In April of 2011, the Forest Service re-issued its proposed roadless rule for Colorado, with the intent of it being “at least as protective…and preferably more protective…than the 2001 rule”... read more
Colorado - Roaring Fork Watershed
State: Colorado
Description: With a watershed that encompasses an area of nearly 1,500 miles and contributing about 306 billion gallons of water to the Colorado River each year, the Roaring Fork River, including eight 14,000 foot peaks, is central to water conservation efforts on the Western slope... read more
Colorado - Rocky Mountain National Park
State: Colorado
Description: Rocky Mountain National Park is the living showcase of the grandeur of the Rocky Mountains, but it is under threat from people and a bark beetle epidemic. Bark beetles have infected 50,000 acres—about 19 percent of the park, killing tens of thousands of pines since 2002... read more
Colorado - Sage Grouse Habitat
State: Colorado
Colorado - Weld County
State: Colorado
Region: Front Range
Description: Weld County leads the state in oil and gas production with almost 20,000 active oil and gas wells. Weld County, the largest county in Colorado, shares a geological formation called Niobrara Shale with Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska.
Colorado - White-tailed Prairie Dog Habitat
State: Colorado
Region: NW Colorado, NE Utah, Wyoming and central Montana
Description: The majority of the white-tailed prairie dog's remaining habitat is on land owned by the Bureau of Land Management, much of which is leased for oil and gas drilling. Livestock and other native herbivores have intensively grazed the land that is not leased by the BLM. Even though the range of white-tailed prairie dogs has gone down by more than 90%, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service denied the white-tailed prairie dog Endangered Species Act protection in 2010...
Colorado and Utah - Red Dust
State: Colorado, Utah
Region: Colorado and Utah
Description: An increasing body of scientific research indicates that windborne dust from disturbed desert soils is contributing to early snowmelt in Colorado. When the light from the sun comes in contact with tiny rock particles instead of plain snow, the dust is heated, making the snow melt earlier and more quickly.
Colorado Oil and Gas Pipelines
State: Colorado
Region: Statewide
Description: A complex pipeline system transports natural gas and other hazardous liquids across thousands of miles over pristine lands and through wildlife habitat, connecting well pads, compressor stations and processing plants for the oil and gas industry in Colorado. Nationwide, the Department of Transportation’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration regulates only a small percentage of these gathering lines.
Colorado River Basin
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Colorado River Basin
Description: In April of 2013 the Colorado River was named the most endangered river in the country. An outdated system is promising more water than it can supply to a growing number of uses. The river is the major water artery in the Southwest, a region that is drier than the deserts of North Africa. In spite of the lack of rainfall and very high summer temperatures, this dry desert is now home to tens of millions of people and includes some of the major agricultural areas in the United States... read more
Colorado,  Glenwood Springs - Coal Seam Fire
State: Colorado
Region: Glenwood Springs
Description: On June 8, 2002, a decades old fire that had been burning in an underground mine ignited vegetation on the surface, starting the Coal Seam Fire in and around Glenwood Springs, Colorado. There are a few coal seams in the area that have underground fires still burning today... read more
Colorado, Alamosa - Solar
State: Colorado
Region: Southwest Colorado
Description: With nearly 340 days of sunshine a year, 80 acres of land in the San Luis Valley is home to the Alamosa Photovoltaic (PV) Solar Plant, an 8.2 megawatt-dc installation that generates about 17,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power 1,500 homes... read more
Colorado, Battlement Mesa
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: In May 2009, Antero Resources announced a proposed Comprehensive Development Plan that would include constructing ten well pads and drilling over 200 natural gas wells within the residential area of Battlement Mesa. Some pads could be as close as 400 feet from homes and recreation areas... read more
Colorado, Browns Canyon - Proposed Wilderness
State: Colorado
Region: Arkansas River
Description: On December 10th, 2013 Senator Mark Udall introduced the Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act into the Senate. The Senator’s bill is a well-balanced approach that accommodates input from rafting outfitters, fishing guides, local leaders and ranchers.  It creates a 22,000 acre national monument and designates 10,000 acres as wilderness.... read more
Colorado, Climax - Molybdenum
State: Colorado
Description:

The Climax Molybdenum mine is located near Leadville, Colorado.  During it's peak production, the mine was the largest molybdenum producer in the world.  The mine was re-opened in May of 2012 and has cranked up production after being closed for 17 years.

Colorado, Craig - Coal Power Plant
State: Colorado
Region: Craig
Description: The Craig Power Station near Craig, Colorado, is the state's largest coal-fired electrical generating station, occupting a space of 1,120 acres. Craig's primary coal sources are the Trapper and Colowyo mines. The Yampa River, along which the facility is situated, provides water for the turbines... read more
Colorado, Crested Butte - Molybdenum
State: Colorado
Region: Crested Butte
Description: For more than 30 years, the small mountain town of Crested Butte has been battling the prospect of a large scale molybdenum mine in their area. U.S. Energy Corp remains as the sole owner of the mine property and has publicly stated that the company intends to continue efforts to develop the mine... read more
Colorado, Crystal River Valley - Urban Planning
State: Colorado
Description: The value of safeguarding the environment and the community's character is evident in the Crystal River Valley, between Carbondale, CO and Redstone. The community-based Crystal River Valley Master Plan is intended to guide future development, inform land use decisions and enhance public amenities... read more
Colorado, Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area
State: Colorado
Description: The 60,000 acre Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area is the core of Colorado's third National Conservation Area (NCA), which protects Big and Little Dominguez canyons and the wildlife and solitude that are found in great abundance there... read more
Colorado, Eagle County - Off Road Vehicles (ORV)
State: Colorado
Description: Senator Udall’s Central Mountains Outdoor Heritage Act will consider bestowing wilderness protections on 236,000 acres in Colorado, including some parts of Eagle County. If enacted, this proposal will curb the impact of industrial tourism and motorized vehicle use in wild places... read more
Colorado, Eagle County - Proposed Wilderness
State: Colorado
Description: With newly announced interest from Senator Mark Udall, Hidden Gems lands in Summit, Pitkin and Eagle counties are one step closer to becoming Wilderness. The campaign continues to build community support and work with elected officials to ultimately get a bill passed in Congress... read more
Colorado, El Paso County - Waldo Canyon Fire
State: Colorado
Description: The Waldo Canyon Fire started just northwest of Colorado Springs on June 23, 2012. By the time it was contained on July 10, 2012, it had left two people dead, destroyed 346 homes and burned more than 18,000 acres in the Pike National Forest and in Colorado Springs... read more
Colorado, Gunnison County - Proposed  Wilderness
State: Colorado
Description: The Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign, a citizen-generated plan, is seeking designation of major new wilderness additions on the White River and Gunnison National Forests and nearby BLM lands, to grant the highest protection to some of Colorado’s most precious and threatened public lands... read more
Colorado, Hermosa Creek
State: Colorado
Region: San Juan National Forest, Southwest Colorado
Description: The San Juan National Forest and stakeholders in southwest Colorado are crafting plans for the future of the 150,000-acre Hermosa Roadless Area, and over 62 miles of Hermosa Creek and tributaries. The Hermosa Creek watershed encompasses one of Colorado's largest and most biologically diverse forests... read more
Colorado, I-70 Wildlife Bridge
State: Colorado
Region: Vail Pass
Description: Interstate 70 is often called the Berlin Wall to Colorado’s wildlife, because it presents an almost impassable barrier to animals migrating between the southern and northern parts of the state. There are several points where wildlife can go under the highway, but they are not always located where animals traditionally cross. read more...
Colorado, North Fork Valley
State: Colorado
Region: Western slope
Description: The threat of oil and gas in the North Fork Valley has gone back and forth between victory and defeat for conservationists and farmers trying to keep drilling out of the region. In early 2012, 22 parcels were nominated for an oil and gas lease sale, the parcels were removed due to public concerns, but later added back in. Citizens rallied again to finally have the leases deferred again in early 2013.... read more
Colorado, Piceance Basin – Oil Shale Development
State: Colorado
Description: For decades, energy companies have attempted to unlock the large, domestic oil shale resources of northwestern Colorado’s Piceance Basin. For more than a quarter of a century, Shell conducted laboratory and field research on its In Situ (in-ground) Conversion Process to recover kerogen from oily rock formations. In 2013 Shell halted its operations in Colorado... read more
Colorado, Pitkin County - Proposed Wilderness
State: Colorado
Region: Pitkin County
Description: The Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign, a citizen-generated plan, is working with stakeholders and congressional leaders, seeking designation of major new wilderness additions to the wilderness system in Colorado. A growing number of citizens and businesses have voiced their support for the effort... read more
Colorado, Rifle - Gas Flare
State: Colorado
Description: Flaring is a technique used by the oil and gas industry to burn off unused natural gas. Though better than simply venting the gas into the air, flaring  releases huge amounts of greenhouse gasses and as many as 250 hazardous air pollutants, including carcinogens such as naphthalene and benzene... read more
Colorado, Roan Plateau
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: In 2012, the Federal District Court ruled that the BLM failed to sufficiently address cumulative effects of drilling on air quality and failed to consider potential ozone impacts of oil and gas development on the Roan Plateau, an island of biological diversity in the sea of development in Colorado... read more
Colorado, San Juan Mountains - Proposed Wilderness
State: Colorado
Description: The San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act in the southwestern corner of Colorado will designate 33,000 acres of spectacular wild lands as wilderness, both expansions of current wilderness areas such as Lizard Head and Mount Sneffels wilderness areas and also to establish a new area called McKenna Peak in western San Miguel County, and create the Sheep Mountain Special Management Area along the alpine ridge between San Miguel and San Juan Counties, and prohibit oil and gas development in Naturita Canyon near Norwood...contimue reading...
Colorado, Somerset - Coal Mine
State: Colorado
Region: Somerset
Description: In June 2014, the federal court rejected a plan to expand the mine, citing agencies’ neglect to consider climate change impacts.... read more
Colorado, Summit County - Proposed Wilderness
State: Colorado
Region: Colorado's White River National Forest
Description: Senator Mark Udall is working with citizens to craft a wilderness plan to protect proposed Hidden Gems wilderness in Summit, Eagle and Pitkin counties. A bill introduced by Jarid Polis protects 166,000 acres of wildlands as wilderness and special management areas, including a portion of Summit County... read more
Colorado, Superior - Urban Sprawl
State: Colorado
Region: Superior
Description: Boulder, Colorado’s surging job growth and limitations on residential growth have had a significant impact on housing demand in adjoining communities. The most striking example is the nearby town of Superior. In 1990 the population of Superior was 255; today it is over 11,000... read more
Colorado, Thompson Divide
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: Efforts are being made to protect the Thompson and Divide Creek watershed in Colorado from potential oil and gas drilling. Senator Bennet recently introduced legislation which would permanently withdraw proposed gas leases, preserving the areas ranching, recreation and wildlife values ... read more
Colorado, Vermillion Basin
State: Colorado
Region: Western Slope
Description: EcoFlight has been flying Colorado’s spectacular Vermillion Basin for many years to protect it from damaging oil and gas leasing. In June 2010, the BLM’s Little Snake Field Office announced that the Vermillion Basin will be closed from all future oil and gas leasing and drilling... read more
Colorado, Vermillion Basin
State: Colorado
Description: EcoFlight has been flying Colorado’s spectacular Vermillion Basin for many years to protect it from damaging oil and gas leasing. In June 2010, the BLM’s Little Snake Field Office announced that the Vermillion Basin will be closed from all future oil and gas leasing and drilling... read more
Crystal River - Proposed Dams
State: Colorado
Region: Crystal City, CO to Glenwood Springs, CO
Description: In 2012, American Rivers named the Crystal one of America’s most endangered rivers. After diversions for irrigation, the river slows to nearly a trickle at the confluence, leaving little to no room for any other water projects if the river is to remain in healthy condition.
Dinosaur National Monument
State: Colorado, Utah
Region: Colorado and Utah
Description: Though it is remotely located in the mountains and canyons of northeastern Utah and northwestern Colorado, Dinosaur National Monument goes through days when the air quality is almost as bad as you might find in major metropolitan areas...
FLAA Student Program 2011 - Southwest National Parks
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners States - American Southwest
Description: EcoFlight's 2011 Flight Across America Student Program was a three day intensive study of iconic national parks in the American Southwest and the environmental pressures being imposed on them.  EcoFlight and four students from Colorado Mountain College and CU Boulder flew over 5 national parks... read more
Flooding in Weld County
State: Colorado
Region: Weld County
Description: Extensive flooding in Weld County, CO has damaged oil and gas infrastructure along the South Platte River's floodplain.
Four Corners Region - Air Quality
State: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah
Region: Four Corners: Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah
Description: Existing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the Four Corners region total 29 million tons per year of CO2. With the increased recognition of the impacts of CO2 as a major contributor to climate change, it is imperative that CO2 emissions be reduced in the Four Corners region... read more
Utah - White River Basin
State: Colorado, Utah
Description: The White River Basin contains some of the best fish and wildlife habitat in the Colorado River Basin. The presence, and the opportunity for expansion, of native Colorado River Cutthroat Trout in the basin’s high-elevation tributaries makes the White a candidate for landscape-level protection... read more
Wilderness - 50th Anniversary
State: Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
Region: Western United States
Description: This year, 2014, marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act...The 1964 Wilderness Act defines "Wilderness" as an area “...affected primarily by the forces of nature, with the imprint of man's work substantially unnoticeable...where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain...”