The devastating 2002 wildfire season generated public discussion about the need for treatments to fix our dangerously overgrown forests. A decade later, the Front Range has been hit with consecutive record-setting fire seasons, which has a lot of Colorado residents wondering why more of that treatment hasn’t happened. In this story that originally aired [...]

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This Saturday marks the first statewide Wildfire Preparedness Day of Service. As KRCC’s Eliza Densmore reports, one of the more regional projects involves fuel mitigation in Black Forest.

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The devastating 2002 wildfire season generated public discussion about the need for treatments to fix our dangerously overgrown forests. Ten years later the Front Range was hit with another destructive fire season, which has a lot of Colorado residents wondering why more of that treatment hasn’t happened. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer looks into the status [...]

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In the wake of last year’s destructive wildfires, Colorado’s residents, scientists, and government officials have been working hard to manage the ongoing threat. We’re not only mitigating our landscapes; we’re adapting our very understanding of what it means to reside within reach of mountain forests. Join KRCC News for “Flash Point,” a special series produced by Andrea Chalfin and Michelle Mercer on how wildfire is changing life in Colorado. Click here for an interactive timeline, stories, and additional web content.

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The spruce beetle is now outpacing the mountain pine beetle as the biggest insect threat to Colorado forests. The information was released to lawmakers in the annual Forest Health Report today. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Jerri Marr supervises the Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Comanche National Grassland, and became a fixture at press conferences during the Waldo Canyon Fire. The United States Forest Service profiles her on its home page.

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It was Thomas Edison who said, “Genius is one percent inspiration, ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Edison, of course, is one of the great American inventors. This month, we’re delving into that equation with a look at innovation.

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State and federal leaders gathered in Denver today to talk about ways to improve forest health. Lawmakers from both parties agree Colorado forests face many challenges, and any solution will require collaboration. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The US Supreme Court will not hear an appeal challenging the federal roadless rule that bans mining, logging and other commercial development from some of the country’s most prized forests. The action announced yesterday is being praised by conservation groups and criticized by the mining industry.

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A new study led by a team of University of Colorado scientists shows that mid-level altitude forests are the most sensitive to rising global temperatures and a decline in snowpack. As KUNC‘s Kirk Siegler reports, the study was done in California but researchers say its findings apply across the entire West.

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Senator Mark Udall calls this year’s fire season a wake-up call for policymakers and the public…Officials have made the largest marijuana bust in Pueblo County history, according to the Chieftain…Authorities say one person is dead and three others have minor injuries after a rupture at a natural gas well north of Fort Lupton.

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The Colorado Attorney General’s office is expected to file its arguments against a lawsuit challenging how the Legislature funds schools in a case that’s being heard by the state Supreme Court later this year…Forest officials are reminding people that the land within the burn area of the Waldo Canyon Fire is closed indefinitely.

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Residents in and near the Waldo Canyon burn areas have been encouraged to purchase flood insurance if they don’t already have it. New federal legislation recently signed into law waives a 30-day waiting period for some new policies to take effect. Meanwhile, a team of scientists has been examining damaged land to understand the [...]

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A plan to manage some of Colorado’s most prized national forest lands is being billed as a national model for how states and the federal government can work together even amid the rancorous political climate. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack joined Governor John Hickenlooper to unveil the state’s final Roadless Rule yesterday. The plan would [...]

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US Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is praising a plan to protect four-point-two million acres of roadless National Forest lands in Colorado…A large overhaul of a subsidy for telephone providers is in doubt during the last days of the Colorado legislative session.

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Federal officials say they arrested 92 immigrants in Colorado who were convicted of serious crimes, immigration violations, or were immigration fugitives…and, Colorado Senator Mark Udall wants to create a national monument and wilderness area along the Arkansas River between Salida and Buena Vista.

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As winter releases its hold on the region and gives way to warmer temperatures and the green leaves of spring, we thought it an appropriate time to visit the topic of Parks and Open Space.

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Governor John Hickenlooper has decided to suspend any prescribed burns by state agencies on state lands…The nonprofit organization Colorado Children’s Campaign released its annual Kids Count Survey…and, Colorado Springs City Council gave initial approval 6-2 (Gazette) yesterday to install ten video surveillance cameras downtown.

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The mountain pine beetle continues to be the most damaging pest infestation in Colorado forests, but there is some good news. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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The Colorado Department of Revenue says a recent tax amnesty program has garnered more than $11 million in back payments…and, the U.S. Forest Service urges caution when embarking on holiday tree cutting in national forests.

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The Forest Service and some Aspen-area non-profit organizations are using a new technology to help clean up an old mine site near the mountain town that’s littered with toxic mine tailings. From Rocky Mountain Community Radio sister station KAJX in Aspen, Marci Krivonen has more.

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Forestry officials say losses from the bark beetle epidemic that has devastated areas of the Colorado mountains have been smaller on the Front Range…and, the USA Pro Cycling Challenge kicks off next week, with an individual time trial held in Colorado Springs. The inaugural race is scheduled to begin in Garden of the Gods [...]

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A bill that would remove federal protection for millions of acres of public land and open them up for development and off-road vehicles is facing opposition from the Obama administration…Nearly one in five Coloradans is obese, and that extra weight contributes to a number of serious illnesses. 400 state health leaders attending the Colorado [...]

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