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  •  BLM official calls trail "a wonderful thing"


Tom Yoder

Marilyn Colyer is a woman who has spent her life living and exploring in the La Plata Mountains and learning about the diversity of plants and animals there along the way. KSJD's Tom Yoder visited with her and her three dogs at her ranch near Echo Basin to hear about how her life was shaped by her experiences in the Mancos Valley and the mountains of the area, and why she decided to conserve her land for future generations to enjoy.

The BLM Master Leasing Plan: What Is At Stake

Mar 14, 2016
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The Bureau of Land Management is in the process of developing a Master Leasing Plan for development in southwestern Colorado. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Michal Rosenoer, West Slope Field Manager with Conservation Colorado, about what is at stake in this planning process, and how you can get involved.

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In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with Yvon Chouinard, the founder and owner of Patagonia Clothing Company, about his land conservation efforts and love for the world's wild places.

The Very Scary Time Trials

Oct 29, 2015
Montezuma Land Conservancy

The Very Scary Time Trials is a Halloween day bike race hosted by the Montezuma Land Conservancy. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Jon Leibowitz, the Executive Director of the Montezuma Land Conservancy, about what the race will involve, and how it will benefit open space conservation and public access to outdoor recreation in and around Cortez.

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In 1885, the Montezuma Valley Irrigation District completed a tunnel that moved water from the Dolores River to the Montezuma Valley. This trans-basin diversion allowed the town of Cortez and the entire valley to grow and thrive.  But this transfer, and later McPhee dam, changed the Dolores River. A hundred and fifty years later, the community is working to find a balance between keeping the water it has long relied on, and meeting federal requirements for healthy fish and a protected river downstream. Reporter Stephanie Paige Ogburn has more on those efforts.


  • Water attorney urges local residents to be proactive in creating a National Conservation Area on the lower Dolores River.
  • Cortez area weather has been abnormally warm and dry.


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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Michal Rosenoer, Southwest Field Organizer at Conservation Colorado, about the importance of nature in our physical and mental health, current development proposed on public lands in southwest Colorado, and how conservation of these lands is critical to the well-being of our communities.

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In March, Montezuma County commissioners donated $1000 of taxpayer dollars to the American Lands Council, a group that advocates and lobbies for the transfer of federal lands to states. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Michal Rosenoer, Southwest Field Organizer for Conservation Colorado, about the American Lands Council, who is behind their efforts, and why conservation groups, sportsmen, and veterans oppose their actions.

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In this episode of the River Trip, host Sam Carter talks with Bill Dvorak of Dvorak Rafting, Kayaking, and Fishing Expeditions, about the recent designation of the Browns Canyon National Monument along the Arkansas River in central Colorado, and Amber Clark, Chair of the Legislative Subcommittee for the Lower Dolores Plan Working Group, about a proposed National Conservation Area for the Dolores River Canyon.

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