Tag Archives: conservation

More Water For The Yampa River

YAMPA RIVERDue to low flow rates and high temperatures in the Yampa River, the Upper Water Conservation District is releasing an additional 10 cubic feet of water per second into the Yampa over the next few weeks. The additional Continue reading

Deadline To Apply For Conservation Program Is Friday

USDA-300The deadline to apply for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Conservation Reserve program is this Friday.  This program provides incentives for farmers to remove environmentally sensitive agriculture land from production and replace the crop with a more environmentally friendly option Continue reading

Environmental Quality Incentives Program Deadline Friday

USDA-300The USDA’s “Environmental Quality Incentives Program” or EQIP, is a voluntary conservation program that helps agricultural producers. Through the program, agricultural producers can receive financial and technical assistance to implement conservation practices that optimize environmental Continue reading

Lawmakers Urge Congress to Reinstate LWC Funding

gardnerSenator Cory Gardner (R-CO), a member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, announced yesterday he has sent a letter, along with Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), urging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) to permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund (“LWCF”), which expired at the end Continue reading

Bennet Urges Reauthorization of LWCF Funds

MICHAEL-BENNETColorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is urging reauthorization of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). Bennet says it’s not included in the current stopgap funding measure and will expire next week. LWCF supports the conservation of parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation. Many parts of Colorado have received LWCF funding, including the White Continue reading

Conservation Partners to Celebrate Successful Project

YAMPA RIVERRepresentatives of Western Rivers Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Forest Service and the Yampa River System Legacy Partnership will gather on the Yampa River tomorrow to Continue reading

Lawmakers Express Concerns Over Yellow Billed Cuckoo Protection

us-fish-wildlife-300Representative Scott Tipton and Senator Cory Gardner have written a letter to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Director Dan Ashe regarding the Yellow Billed Cuckoo. The bird is the next species Fish and Wildlife is considering adding protections for in the way of an Endangered Listing. Critical Habitat has been identified in Western Colorado, however the lawmakers say the state is “on the Continue reading

Bennet Signs on to Letter Urging Sage Grouse Conservation Funding

sage_grouse-300Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet yesterday was one of a group of senators who urged the Senate Appropriations Committee to include full funding for conservation of the Gunnison and Greater sage grouse. The senators wrote a letter to Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochoran explaining that funding for sage grouse Continue reading

Lawmakers Consider Relaxing Ban on Rain Barrels

co-state-capitol-300Backyard rain barrels are illegal in Colorado – but they’re widely used, and state lawmakers are considering changing the law to allow them. A bill that won preliminary approval in the state House Friday would allow homeowners to use up to two Continue reading

Commissioners Agree to ColoWyo Expansion Plans

MC Commissioners-150The Moffat County Commissioners yesterday gave their blessing to a plan for ColoWyo Coal Mine to expand their operations westward. The new operations would be located entirely within Moffat County. The expansion is in areas considered suitable habitat for Sage Grouse, so the mine has agreed to donate around 4,400 Continue reading

Fish and Wildlife Needs Better Science for Sage Grouse Decision

sage_grouse-300The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking Indian tribes, government agencies and others to submit information about conservation efforts for the greater sage grouse. The service said Monday it needs the best data possible to make a decision on whether the bird warrants protection under the Endangered Species Act. Congress has Continue reading

Conservation Project Completed on Routt County Property

BLMWestern Rivers Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service completed conservation of a historic property at the confluence of the Yampa River and Sarvis Creek yesterday. The project conserves outstanding fish and wildlife habitat and opens Continue reading