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Land, Water and People articles are published regualarly in the SLV Lifestyles supplement and Valley Courier newspaper.

Glissading Safety - May 29, 2020

Teaching trail etiquette - May 6, 2020

The Rio Grande NF makes numerous adjustments to operations in response to COVID-19 outbreak - April 16, 2020

Spring road closures explained - April 2, 2020

2020 Summer of Stewardship: Projects to Get Outdoors and Give Back - March 5, 2020

Forest Health 2019: Viewpoint on the Insects - February 7, 2020

Snowshoeing on the RGNF and a history of snowshoeing - January 23, 2020

Australian wildfires remind us to prepare for our wildfire season - January 13, 2020

Winter recreationists should maintain avalanche safety knowledge - December 30, 2019

The RGNF provides trees for favorite national pastime - December 16, 2019

Traditional Sheepherding in the San Luis Valley - December 2, 2019

Saving a Species: Boreal Toad Tadpole Release - November 21,2019

Give wildlife a brake - November 4, 2019

Fremont’s Fourth Expedition through the San Luis Valley: 1848-49 - October 21, 2019

The Story on Weeds - October 7, 2019

A Belated Happy Birthday, Smokey Bear! - September 9, 2019

The White-tailed Ptarmigan: Camouflaged Bird of the Alpine - September 4, 2019

A Horse Named Canelo: Reflections of Years Past (Part II) - August 28, 2019

A Horse Named Canelo: Reflections of Years Past (Part I) - August 14, 2019

Your Forest’s Volunteer Program: An Important Resource - June 14, 2019

Lost Fish: Search for Suckers - May 6, 2019

High Alpine Lakes: Barometers of Air Quality- April 22, 2019

A Fuels Technician’s Guide to Fire Season - April 8, 2019

High-elevation amphibians – the boreal toad - March 25, 2019

Traditional Tools and Wilderness Stewardship - March 11, 2019

Care for the Land, Lend a Hand - March 6, 2019

The next leg of the journey - February 20, 2019

Volunteers make a difference with winter recreation - February 6, 2019

Avalanche safety requires knowledge and self-control - December 13, 2018

Thankful for living in the San Luis Valley - November 28, 2018

Transitioning towards winter - November 14, 2018

In praise of the riparian life zone - October 31, 2018

Rio Grande National Forest’s impact on the local economy - October 17, 2018

Hunters: Keep it safe out there - October 3, 2018

Photographing the intimate landscape - September 19, 2018

Fall colors coming soon - September 5, 2018

High Country Journal 2018: A weekend in the La Garitas - August 22, 2018

A week in the wilderness - August 8, 2018

Life above treeline: Colorado’s alpine life zone - August 1, 2018

Spring Creek Fire: The one we hoped not to see - July 11, 2018

Making sense of fire restrictions - June 27, 2018

Wildfire’s role in shaping the landscape - June 13, 2018

Spruce-fir: Our most abundant forests - May 30, 2018

Peak wildland fire season is approaching - May 16, 2018

Connecting to the land through volunteering - May 2, 2018

The challenge of managing a travel system - April 18, 2018

Forest health 2017: A mixed report - April 4, 2018

Mixed conifer: Our most diverse forests - March 21, 2018

The value of public lands grazing - March 7, 2016

Embracing the diversity of environmental values - February 21, 2018

Piñon-juniper woodlands: Life zone of many uses - February 6, 2018

A drive up Pinos Creek Road - January 24, 2018

The health benefits of nature - January 10, 2018

Icescapes abound when there is little snow - December 27, 2017

Public comments vary about the draft forest plan - December 13, 2017

Are you up for the black and white challenge? - November 29, 2017

Rediscovering the Needles - November  15, 2017

Deciphering the draft forest plan - November 1, 2017

Fall colors: New England versus Colorado - October 18, 2017

A cold night in the mountains - October 4, 2017

Savoring the journey - September 20, 2017

Kudos to the Saguache-Upper Rio Grande Resource Advisory Committee - September 6, 2017

The art of strolling - August 23, 2017

The perpetual spruce budworm outbreak - August 9, 2017

High Country Journal 2017: Backpacking Canyon Verde - July 26, 2017

July is peak wildflower month in the high country - July 12, 2017

Recovery of a charred landscape - June 28, 2017

Remembering the Million Fire - June 14, 2017

Summer is when the magic happens - May 31, 2017

Hard Tread: The impacts of illegal mountain bike trails - May 14, 2017

Take a break from your spring chores- May 3, 2017

Desert Journal 2017: Photographing Factory Butte - April 19, 2017

The challenge of managing a travel system - April 5, 2017

Protecting our investment: Knowing when to turn around - March 22, 2017

Forest health 2016: Insect populations on the decline - March 8, 2017

Measuring Rio Grande National Forest’s economic impact - February 22, 2017

Virtual technology versus the real thing - February 9, 2017

Rio Grande National Forest gets a “Face” lift - January 25, 2017

A lot happening with the forest plan revision - January 11, 2017

A fishy bear story - December 2, 2016

Seasonal employment on a national forest changes lives - December 14, 2016

Surrounded by beauty - November 30, 2016

Walking among the ancients - November 16, 2016

Give wildlife a brake - November 2, 2016

Translating Forest Service language - October 19, 2016

The ethics of hunting - October 5, 2016

Slowing down to see beauty - September 21, 2016

The next travel management challenge - September 7, 2016

Time to sharpen the saw - August 24, 2016

Describing a “hamburger” in plain language - August 10, 2016

High Country Journal 2016: Revisiting Lake Silex - July 27, 2016

Stay safe in the mountains this summer - July 13, 2016

Hope Creek: Three years after the big burn - June 29, 2016

Managing our mountainous water towers - June 15, 2016

The joy, ethics and laws of gathering special forest products - June 1, 2016

Desert journal 2016: Hiking Rainbow Bridge North Trail - May 18, 2016

Does Rio Grande National Forest need more wilderness? - May 4, 2016

Wandering among the boulders of Penitente Canyon - April 20, 2016

Is the spruce beetle epidemic a natural event? - April 6, 2016

The ethics of shed antler hunting - March 23, 2016

The need for change - March 9, 2016

Being mindful in the mountains - February 24, 2016

The beetles are running out of food - February 10, 2016

The many shades of discrimination - January 27, 2016

Cold Weather Journal 2016: Frosty experience - January 13, 2016

Avalanche safety requires knowledge and self-control - December 30, 2015

Nature’s strategies for winter survival - December 16, 2015

How will climate change affect our forest? - November 18, 2015

Can an area be loved to death? - November 4, 2015

Multiple uses help fuel a diverse economy - October 21, 2015

Incredible autumn colors in the burn - October 7, 2015

Patience and persistence helps with photography - September 23, 2015

No expectations lead to many surprises - September 9, 2015

Humans, not animals, are the problem - August 23, 2015

High Country Journal 2015: Into the burn - August 12, 2015

People weigh in on the forest plan revision - July 29, 2015

In praise of wildflowers - July 15, 2015

Experiencing awe in the upper Rio Grande - July 1, 2015

Firefighter safety is the top priority - June 17, 2015

How should the forest service manage fire? - June 6, 2015

Fire visits different forest types differently - May 22, 2015

Anticipation is half the fun - May 6, 2015

Exercising self-restraint is important for our roads and trails - April 22, 2015

Ruminations on climate change - April 8, 2015

Different life stories create different perspectives - March 25, 2015

What is the value of nature? - March 11, 2015

The beetles will soon run out of food - February 25, 2015

What are your environmental ethics? - February 11, 2015

Bad weather can make for good photos - January 28, 2015

A day on the snow - January 14, 2014

Forest plan revision officially starts - December 31, 2014

In praise of beavers - December 17, 2014

Village access decision stirs emotions - December 3, 2014

Insults, threats and violence towards government workers - November 19, 2014

Seeing what isn’t being looked for - November 5, 2014

Smoke in the air is not always bad - October 22, 2014

The hunt is on - October 8, 2014

Wanted: Your unique perspective - September 27, 2014

The only thing constant is change- September 10, 2014

Wilderness: Our Gift to the Future - August 27, 2014

Help wanted: Seeking resource advisory committee members - August 13, 2014

High Country Journal 2014: The Adams Fork - July 30, 2014

It’s wildflower season! - July 16, 2014

The naturally recovery of the West Fork Complex - July 2, 2014

Hoping the green stabilizes the black - June 18, 2014

Are we witnessing the new average? - June 4, 2014

The challenges of managing wildland fire - May 21, 2014

How much wilderness is enough? - May 7, 2014

The difference between rock art and vandalism - April 23, 2014

Finding solitude in wilderness - April 9, 2014

Scratching one off the bucket list - March 26, 2014

Responsible driving helps preserve forest roads - March 12, 2014

There is always good light - February 26, 2014

Ruminations on forest recovery - February 12, 2014

Resource Advisory Committees make a difference - January 29, 2014

What is wilderness? - January 15, 2014

A day on the snow - January 1, 2014

Sharing the snow on the Rio Grande National Forest - December 18, 2013

The rhythm of climate and fire - December 4, 2013

Dead trees do not equal more fires… maybe - November 6, 2013

A cold night in the mountains  - October 23, 2013

Overcome inertia and check out the fall colors!  - September 25, 2013

High Country Journal 2013: Exploring the Middle Fork of the Conejos River - September 11, 2013

Be safe when visiting the West Fork Complex burned area - August 28, 2013

A day well spent in the South San Juans - August 14, 2013

The Forest Service and RWEACT working together to manage risks in burned areas - August 7, 2013

Flash floods may be next on the agenda - July 17, 2013

The West Fork Fire Complex makes history - July 3, 2013

Peak fire season is here - June 21, 2013

Questions arising in the mountains - June 4, 2013

Understanding ecosystems - May 22, 2013

Is bigger better? Managing at the landscape scale - May 8, 2013

Journey into the center of a volcano - April 24, 2013

Reading stories written on the land - April 10, 2013

Blowing in the wind - March 27, 2013

 Mud management - March 13, 2013

The spruce beetle epidemic: what’s next? - February 27, 2013

Everything Comes from Something – and from Somewhere - February 14, 2013

Nature’s rhythm of change - January 30, 2013

Making good decisions - January 16, 2013

Winter Wonderland - January 2, 2013

Thinking like a scientist - December 19, 2012

Using history to manage for the future - November 28, 2012

Wind’s high country signature - November 21, 2012

The many shades of discrimination - October 31, 2012

The hunt is on - October 17, 2012

Wandering and wondering - October 3, 2012

Overcome inertia and take great pictures - September 20, 2012

Preserving our access to public lands - September 5, 2012

Summer School is Over - August 29, 2012

Love, knowledge and conservation - August 8, 2012

High Country Journal 2012 - July 25, 2012

Vroom, vroom, the sound of controversy - July 11, 2012

Recovery of a charred landscape - June 27, 2012

They’re loooosing it! - June 13, 2012

The joy, ethics and laws of gathering special forest products - May 30, 2012

It takes a valley… to care for public lands - May 16, 2012

Managing fire for natural results - May 2, 2012

Our fire season: A look into the crystal ball - April 18, 2012

One fine spring day by MB - April 4, 2012

One Fine Spring Day  by KM - March 21, 2012

Spruce beetle infestation continues to expand - March 8, 2012

Landowners Along Kerber Creek Tell Their Story - February 22, 2012

Visions from the depths - February 8, 2012

Real life learning through Science Fair - January 25, 2012

What to Expect in 2012 - January 11, 2012

Nature’s Strategies for Winter - December 28, 2011

Musings on top of Wolf Creek Pass - December 14, 2011

Thankful - November 30, 2011

Finding Solitude Along the Rio Grande - November 16, 2011

Remembering Dick Boyce - November 2, 2011

ATVs and Hunting - October 19, 2011

Sharing the Mountains During Hunting Season - October 5, 2011

Chasing Autumn Color - September 21, 2011

Benefitting the Forest Through Compromise - September 7, 2011

Firewood Gathering - August 24, 2011

High Country Journal - August 10, 2011

Travel Management Planning: A Never Ending Process - August 3, 2011

Being Responsible in Bear Country - July 13, 2011

Wildland Fire Danger in the San Luis Valley - June 29, 2011

Take Extra Precautions When Visiting the Forest This Year - June 15, 2011

Campground with a View:  Zapata Falls - June 1, 2011

Go Wild! Go Birding! - May 18, 2011

Adapting to Fire - May 4, 2011

Everything Comes from Something – and from Somewhere - April 20, 2011

Hazards on Public Lands - April 16, 2011

Values and land management - March 23, 2011

Good for the body and the mind – Get Outside! - March 11, 2011

Sharing Our Winter Wonderland - February 16, 2011

The Beetles March On - February 2, 2011

An Electrifying Wilderness Adventure - January 19, 2011

Making Decisions in the Backcountry - January 5, 2011

Forest Management Comes of Age - December 22, 2010

Early European American Use of Timber - December 8, 2010

Early Uses of Trees - November 24, 2010

Down by the River - November 10,2010

Your Colorado public lands offer hunting adventures and so much more - November 3, 2010

ATVs and Hunting Second Edition - October 27, 2010

Surviving Hunting Season - October 10, 2010

Why Leaves Change Color - September 29, 2010

Giving Back to the Valley - September 15, 2010

Finding Beauty Amongst the Dead - September 1, 2010

In Search of the Elusive Bighorn - August 11, 2010

Collecting Forest Products - July 28, 2010

Wildland Fire Management Changes as Knowledge Grows - July 14, 2010

Only YOU Can Prevent Problem Bears - July 1, 2010

Wildflower Season is Cranking Up - June 16, 2010

So What is a Healthy Forest? - April 17, 2010

One Fine Spring Day - March 31, 2010

Livestock Grazing and Recreation on Public Lands - March 17, 2010

Everything Comes from Something – and from Somewhere - February 24, 2010

Make Way for the Next Generation - February 10, 2010

The Big Change - January 27, 2010

How Green is Green - November 11, 2009

ATVs and Hunting - October 28, 2009

Bob Kuidera - Eighty Nine & Still in Uniform

Why Leaves Change Color - October 14, 2009

A Saint In The Campground - September 21, 2009

Camping with Bears - August 5, 2009

Wilderness:  Our Gift to the Future - July 29, 2009

Tread Lightly This Summer - July 8, 2009

Travelin’ the Old Spanish Trail - June 24, 2009

A Rainbow of Color on the Land - June 10, 2009

Creating the Fishing Dream - May 27, 2009

Help Wanted! - May 20, 2009

Where Do We Go from Here? - April 29, 2009

Road Closures and Angry People - February 18, 2009

Rangeland’s Road to Recovery - January 14, 2009

Avalanche Awareness: Back to Basics - January 7, 2009

A Mining Legacy - December 12, 2008

The Continental Divide Trail 1978-2008 - November 29, 2008

In Nature, Change Happens - November 12, 2008

150 Years of Grazing in the SLV - October 29, 2008

Emotions Run High Over Wolf Creek Access - October 22, 2008

Wolf Creek Access Project Begins Anew - October 1, 2008

Trashing Public Lands - August 20, 2008

In Search of Balance - August 6, 2008

Progress Along the Rio Grande - July 23, 2008

Elephants, Camels and Sharks? - July 2, 2008

100 Years of Travel - June 18, 2008

Charcoal in the Forest - June 4, 2008

Not all “Facts” Are Facts - May 21, 2008

Get ‘Em Outside! - May 7, 2008

Managing Fire with Fire - April 23, 2008

Walk the Talk - April 2, 2008

Elephants and Land Management - March 26, 2008

Forest Recreation Face Lift - March 12, 2008

The San Luis Valley Beach – Blanca Wetlands - February 28, 2008

Stories in the Snow - February 14, 2008

Snowy Decisions - January 30, 2008

Rio Grande National Forest Joins the Centenarian Club - January 17, 2008

Introducing Land, Water and People - January 3, 2008





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