Conservation

Montezuma Land Conservancy hires new leader

Travis Custer, a dedicated local ag man and conservationist, has been tapped to lead the Montezuma Land Conservancy as executive director. He previously worked as an agricultural technician with...

DATE: Sept. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Nature Center completes conservation easement

The Nature Center at Butler Corner, north of Dolores, will be preserved thanks to a recently completed conservation easement with the Montezuma Land Conservancy. The 263-acre property features...

DATE: Sept. 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Mancos elk ranch gets long-term protection

The Colorado adage “I’d rather see a cow than a condo” applies to a new conservation easement in the Mancos Valley, but in this case it relates to elk as well. The 225-acre Schultz Elk and Cattle...

DATE: Aug. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Legislators review changes planned for conservation easement program

DENVER – An audit of the Conservation Easement Tax Credit Program found the Division of Real Estate was failing to meet statutory obligations and was spending money it didn’t have without clearly...

DATE: July 25, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores River gets a D- by Conservation Colorado

In a river report card released Thursday, Conservation Colorado gave the Dolores River a D-minus based on low flows below McPhee Dam.The environmental group says improved dam management is needed...

DATE: July 15, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Water managers release drought plan for McPhee Reservoir

Frequent dry spells have motivated McPhee Reservoir managers to create a draft drought contingency plan, and they have extended the public comment period. Since 2000, drought conditions left the...

DATE: June 9, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Compensation available for landowners to conserve forestland

The Journal Landowners who want to protect private forest areas from development or nonforest uses may submit proposals to the Colorado State Forest Service for conservation easements. The Forest...

DATE: March 29, 2017 | CATEGORY: Business

Friends of Canyon of the Ancients hit impasse

After four years, a friends group of Canyons of the Ancients National Monument is expected to dissolve.The Southwest Colorado Canyons Alliance formed in 2013 to assist with projects benefiting the...

DATE: Feb. 2, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Dolores nature center receives $265,000 grant

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Montezuma Land Conservancy are partnering with a new nature center in Dolores to spread the word about the value of the outdoors, literature and writing. Land...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

In Arizona, reptile poaching made easy

Dave Prival picks his way across a tumbledown slope, carefully peering into crevices among the broken rocks. We’re alpine-high on a southern Arizona mountain range that shall remain nameless, for...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Will interior secretary meet conservationists’ expectations?

The Montana congressman whom President-elect Donald Trump named to head the Interior Department wants people to think of him as a Teddy Roosevelt conservationist. His Twitter bio describes him as a...

DATE: Dec. 21, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News

Rare jaguar photographed in Arizona

A rare jaguar has been photographed in the Huachuca Mountains in southeastern Arizona, reports the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The photo of the big cat was taken Dec. 1 by a remote trail camera...

DATE: Dec. 8, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local News