From Denver and the west Interior reverses Bush-era wilderness policy By Kevin Vaughan The Denver Post Posted: 12/24/2010 01:00:00 AM MST Updated: 12/24/2010 09:09:37 AM MST Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar watches geese fly overhead Thursday outside REI’s flagship Denver store as BLM Director Bob Abbey speaks about a new policy that will… Read More

  The 54-foot (16 m) paddle wheeler Explorer in the Lt. Joseph Ives expedition up the Colorado River. Period engraving. Lithograph of the Explorer in Black Canyon, 1857-58.  Lt. Joseph Christmas Ives explored the lower Colorado River as far upstream as today’s Hoover Dam in 1857-58, in the steamboat Explorer.  He and his party left… Read More

Paying the Piper: The Unintended Consequences ofDestabilizing Ecosystems The altered ecological regime has also caused the introduction of two extremely invasive exotic plants. They have grown so prolifically that they have clogged irrigation ditches and caused damage to canals and pumps. In addition, granivorous birds have flocked to the rice fields and consumed as much… Read More

DAM(N)ING THE COLORADO Beginning in the early 1930s the United States began building mega-dams, including the Hoover and Grand Coulee Dams. There is no doubt that these dams have “watered” the desert West and resulted in numerous benefits to the people of the Southwest. Indeed, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) has made the desert… Read More