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Planners and local officials voiced cautious optimism after two days of meetings last week regarding the proposed Paths to Mesa Verde trail , but acknowledged that it poses numerous challenges.


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Colorado Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne visited Cortez on Thursday to ride the Phil's World Mountain Bike trail and help kick off the planning process for the Path to Mesa Verde, a trail planned to stretch between Cortez, Mesa Verde, and Mancos.

After her ride she met with the Montezuma County Commissioners, officials from towns of Mancos and Cortez, as well as Mesa Verde National Park, and other public lands agencies.

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Legislation intended to stave off a Bears Ears National Monument designation in Southeast Utah is finally moving forward.

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The U.S. Forest Service Office in Fort Collins, Colorado, was among six U.S. Department of Agriculture offices nationwide that were closed temporarily Tuesday because of threats.

WildEarth Guardians

Two nonprofit citizens' groups have filed a federal lawsuit against the Interior Department and Bureau of Land Management, challenging nearly 400 oil and gas leases on 380,000 acres of public land.


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A little over a week after coming to Bluff, Utah, to hear views on protecting the Bears Ears area, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is visiting Grand Canyon National Park.

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Utah Congressmen Rob Bishop and Jason Chaffetz introduced the long-awaited Public Lands Initiative bill on Thursday.


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In this episode of River Radio, host Sam Carter talks with Jim White, an aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, about recent fish surveys done in the lower Dolores River, what has been learned about the health of the fish population there, and how his studies could influence river management in the future.

Bear's Ears Intertribal Coalition Website

It has been less than one year since the Hopi Tribe, the Navajo Nation, the Pueblo of Zuni, and the two Ute Tribes came together in support of a national monument designation in an area west of Bluff, Utah known as the Bear's Ears. The Bear's Ears Intertribal Coalition believes that a national monument, managed by a partnership between the tribes, is the best way to protect the sites that are important to their cultural heritage and traditional ways.

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A nonprofit watchdog group is calling for a full accounting of money spent by the state of Utah on a lawsuit seeking the transfer of federal public lands. The Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Accountability sent a letter Wednesday to the Utah Commission for the Stewardship of Public Lands, a legislative group that in December voted to move forward with the lawsuit, projected to cost $14 million. The Commission has hired a New Orleans law firm to work on the case.

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