Volunteers repair mine damage to Kerber Creek

June 30, 2009

By Joe Stone – Special to the Mountain Mail

About 20 people installed nearly a mile of wattles in Kerber Creek west of Villa Grove in the San Luis Valley Saturday as continuing damage repair caused by upstream mining.

Volunteers from Collegiate Peaks Anglers chapter of Trout Unlimited worked with various agency employees and local land owners to repair damage that began at least 130 years ago in the Bonanza Mining District.


Colorado vs. federal roadless rules: 3 letters

June 29, 2009

These letters on DenverPost.com are in reply to the Post’s endorsement of the Colorado Roadless Plan in favor of the federal 2001 Roadless Plan.

Your editorial voiced support of the Colorado roadless rule that currently is being finalized. The Post mentioned that exceptions in the draft rule would allow for oil and gas development and coal exploration in certain areas. What it failed to address is that the Currant Creek roadless area would be opened to coal mining under that draft.

Beetles Add New Dynamic to Forest Fire Control Efforts

June 28, 2009

New York Times – By KIRK JOHNSON – Published: June 27, 2009

The study said that 70 percent of that forest-fringe land was now privately owned in the 11 states west of the Plains States (not counting Alaska or Hawaii), and that partly because of ownership difficulties, only 11 percent of the fire mitigation work had occurred in the places it was needed most. Read more

In Defense of Wild Trout and Salmon

June 27, 2009

Learn the history and accomplishments of Trout Unlimited’s first 50 years.

Read all about it in: Trout Magazine

Development leases retired on Front

June 27, 2009

June 17, 2009
Great Falls Tribune (MT)

Another 19,000 acres of oil and natural gas leases have been retired on the Rocky Mountain Front. Curry & Thornton and David R. Wilson have transfer leases in the Badger-Two Medicine area to Trout Unlimited, which plans to turn them over to the Bureau of Land Management to be permanently retired, said Chris Hunt, a Trout Unlimited spokesman. The conservation group previously received 50,000 acres in transfers located on the Front. Read more

Holland & Hart’s Castle named to Interior Department post

June 25, 2009

Denver Business Journal

Castle will oversee water and science policy for the sprawling land-use agency, and will be responsible for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Geological Survey. Read more, including a bio.

Groups turn up pressure on roadless forest plan

June 24, 2009

Associated Press
Friday, June 19, 2009

Chris Wood, Trout Unlimited’s national chief operating officer, said Idaho’s experience shows that a state roadless policy can work. Not all conservation groups support Idaho’s plan, Wood said, but it was developed after a lot of collaboration and has broad public support.

“I don’t know of any conservation group that supports the Colorado plan,” said Wood, an architect of the 2001 roadless rule while with the Forest Service. Read more