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A new report says removing invasive junipers from sagebrush landscapes helps snow remain longer in the spring.

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Two Utah senators want to open the gate to mountain-biking in wilderness areas. The Associated Press reports that Republican senators Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch have introduced legislation that would let local officials with federal public-lands agencies decide whether bikes should be allowed in individual wilderness areas.

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials are reminding the public that wolves are protected under the Endangered Species Act. The warning comes as biologists anticipate the canines’ eventual return to the state. Wildlife managers have not yet spotted packs, dens or other signs of wolf populations dwelling in Colorado, but they believe that will change soon. Killing a wolf or any endangered species is a criminal offense carrying penalties of up to a year in prison and $100,000 in fines.

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Three bears were shot and killed Saturday by Colorado Parks and Wildlife because they were causing problems in the Durango Hills subdivision.

When a bear takes a walk in the woods, it’s only an average of 3.5 miles from significant human development. That’s one conclusion of an interactive online report prepared by the nonprofit Conservation Science Partners for the Center for American Progress, a conservation group.

Wilderness In Southwest Colorado

Sep 25, 2014
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As we become a more urbanized society with growing needs for space and energy, we often turn to wilderness as a place to take refuge and relax. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Kathe Hayes from the San Juan Mountains Association about the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the importance of public lands in our lives, and what is coming up on National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 27th.

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In this episode of Pandora's Box, host Joanie Trussel talks with Ronnie Egan, former executive director of Great Old Broads For Wilderness, about how she came to be an environmental activist and where she sees the environmental movement today and into the future. This interview was taped at the 2014 Telluride Mountain Film Festival.

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