Stewards of the Land

Forest ambassadors to promote responsible visitation in San Juans

From the soaring amphitheater of Ouray, to the turquoise lakes of Silverton, to the red rock canyons of Mesa Verde, it was absolutely unmistakable that last year was unlike any before it. ...

DATE: April 8, 2021 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Summer programs will get young, old into the outdoors

Imagine yourself as a kid again. It’s spring and you can hardly sit still in class as you gaze out the window and watch puffy clouds drift by on a warm breeze. The early flowers have poked their...

DATE: March 12, 2021 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Programs help children explore outdoors up close

With subzero temperatures and snow one week, then warm sun followed by rain and thunderstorms and T-shirt weather the next, it seems like the weather is confused about what season it is. ...

DATE: Feb. 12, 2021 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Time to rethink how we handle challenges to public lands

It needs no saying that 2020 was a radical departure from normal, and it’s becoming quite clear that it left its mark on our nation’s most iconic public lands.

DATE: Jan. 8, 2021 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Standing up for public lands in the face of mounting challenges

This year, getting outside became a lifeline for Americans of all stripes, and our public lands became more popular than ever. For me, a long hike anywhere on our public lands is the one activity...

DATE: Dec. 11, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Allison’s Turkey Packers Co-op provided income during hard times

By Ruth E. Lambert During the dark days of the Depression, the residents of La Plata County struggled to survive, and in the rural areas, families helped to sustain themselves as they made the most...

DATE: Nov. 13, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Wilderness crew clears trails, educates public

By David Taft During summer 2019, our community was deeply concerned about the state of the Weminuche Wilderness. Visitation was exploding (as it still is), avalanches the previous winter left...

DATE: Oct. 9, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

For young ‘explorers,’ learning comes naturally in the outdoors

By Mike Bienkowski San Juan Mountains Association It is early June, and we are five minutes into our first day of San Juan Mountains Association’s “San Juan Ramblers” nature camp.

DATE: Sept. 11, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

Pandemic escape: Sharing public lands during COVID-19

I, like many of you, have been connecting more than ever via social media in order to fill the void left by lack of real interaction. But some of the things I read make me wonder if we have already...

DATE: Aug. 5, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

The rugged, rewarding work of wilderness stewards

By Harry Bellow San Juan Mountains Association Traveling through the wilderness of the San Juan Mountains, you might not have seen us. We are an elusive bunch. Oftentimes, our work leads us off...

DATE: July 12, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

The bright sides to the problem of beetle-killed trees

Deep in the Weminuche Wilderness there is a trail that dead ends at the head of a verdant valley crowned by majestic mountains. My two dogs and I wandered up there in August 2016. After 7 miles on...

DATE: June 15, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

San Juan Mountains Association seeks to inspire public lands conservation

By Lexie Stetson-Lee San Juan Mountains Association is developing a pipeline of conservation education programs to connect local community members with their public lands. SJMA has long provided...

DATE: May 8, 2020 | COLUMN: Stewards of the Land

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