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Our blog gives us a great way of keeping folks – our members and anyone else interested in our work – a little more plugged in to what’s happening in the world of endangered species advocacy, offering some insight into what we do and how we do it, and fostering conversation among our supporters, our staff, and others.

Colorado Conservation Organizations Applaud Roan Plateau Settlement

Posted by tehri - November 21, 2014 - Blog, Feature
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November 21, 2014  – Colorado conservation organizations applauded the announcement of a settlement on the Roan Plateau. The settlement resolves litigation pursued by several organizations to better protect the unique wildlife, recreational, and environmental values of the Roan Plateau. The groups were represented by Earthjustice and Western Resource Advocates. Under terms of the settlement, Bureau […]

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2014 Activist in the Trenches Award Presented to Allison Jones of the Wild Utah Project

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - November 18, 2014 - Blog
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Jasper Carlton pioneered the assertive, science based advocacy that is the hallmark of Rocky Mountain Wild. Each year, the Jasper Carlton Activist in the Trenches Award recognizes a dedicated, unsung activist, who is passionate and uncompromising in defense of wildlife, habitat and plants. This year, our Activist in the Trenches Award goes to an individual who is on the front lines of the effort to protect wildlife and wild lands in Utah and the intermountain west, Allison Jones, executive director of the Wild Utah Project.

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Our 15th Anniversary Celebration is This Thursday!

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - November 10, 2014 - Blog
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Our 15th Anniversary Celebration is this Thursday, November 13, 2014. This year, we will be celebrating fifteen years of the people, places, and wildlife that make our work possible. The event will feature Rocky Mountain ‘WILD Talks,’ a series of short, engaging talks from local conservation heroes, as well as fabulous silent and live auctions, hearty appetizers, open bar, and a brief presentation about our work to protect the most at-risk critters and plants in the greater southern Rockies.

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Conservation Victory # 14: Protecting Roadless Areas

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - November 6, 2014 - Blog

Over the past 150 years, expanded road networks and other encroachments on the landscape have increased the fragmentation and destruction of natural habitats. Such disturbances to the land are isolating many areas important to wildlife, creating “islands” in a sea of inhospitable habitat. From the mid-1990s to mid-2000s we coordinated hundreds of volunteers from conservation groups in Colorado and Wyoming to create a Citizens’ Inventory of the region’s roadless areas.

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Conservation Victory # 13: Missionary Ridge Saved from Post-Fire Logging

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 30, 2014 - Blog

In June of 2002 a wildfire raged across more than 73,000 acres of Missionary Ridge, just northeast of Durango in the San Juan National Forest. Following the fire the area was faced with the potential for landslides, flooding, erosion, water quality impacts, and a logging project with the potential to exasperate all of these issues.

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SAGE GROUSE UPRISING? Rare pictures catch Wyoming sage grouse using wildlife underpass

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 24, 2014 - Blog Sage grouse march east through an underpass near Pinedale. It's the first time sage grouse have been caught on camera using an underpass, and biologists for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department do not know what, if anything, it could mean.

Hundreds of sage grouse appear to be walking east under an interstate underpass originally intended for mule deer and pronghorns. Recent and rare photos from the underpass show sage grouse marching almost entirely in one direction under what is called Bridge No. 1, near Pinedale, said Hall Sawyer, a research biologist for Western Ecosystems Technology in Laramie.

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Conservation Victory # 12: A Desert Gem Protected

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 23, 2014 - Blog

The Pariette cactus is one of Utah’s most beautiful wildflowers. This cactus is as rare as it is lovely, found only in the Pariette Draw in the Uintah Basin. Protecting wildflowers like the Pariette Cactus helps to ensure that future generations will be able to enjoy seeing the spectacular displays of wildflowers in the deserts of Utah and Colorado.

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Wildlife Camera Captures Rare & Elusive Canada Lynx in Colorado

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 21, 2014 - Blog

For over five years, our biologists have been monitoring the I-70 corridor via motion-sensor wildlife cameras, “capturing” all sorts of wildlife including deer, elk, bears, cougars, pine martens, raccoons, coyotes, foxes etc. We are very excited to report our first Canada lynx to be photographed on the south side of the highway near Stafford Creek.

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Conservation Victory # 11: Ensuring Safe Passage for Wildlife on I-70

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 16, 2014 - Blog

I-70 currently presents a significant obstacle to wildlife moving through the heart of the Rocky Mountains and causes harmful animal-vehicle collisions. For many species, the road represents a threat to their continued survival in the area.

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Conservation Victory #10: Handkerchief Mesa Protected from Massive Logging Project

Posted by Lindsey Katapski - October 9, 2014 - Blog

Located in south-central Colorado, the Handkerchief Mesa comprises nearly 92,000 acres in Rio Grande National Forest and contains three of the Rio Grande’s primary watersheds: Pass Creek, Park Creek, and Beaver Creek.  From the late-nineteenth through the mid-twentieth century this area was heavily logged. Massive clearcuts denuded significant portions of the area, and soil and water quality were negatively impacted.

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