Also called oshá, the plant is sacred to many Native American and Indigenous people, who don’t want it commoditized by the American herbal products industry. Because it often grows on public lands, the U.S. Forest Service has been put smack in the middle of the fight.
A pilot project from the Telluride Foundation aims to close the widening gap between who lives and who works in Western Slope communities by cutting the cost of building new homes, starting with donated land.
Officials from the recreation area introduced a new management plan to limit traffic and parking woes, which features a free shuttle service, a parking monitoring system, and the possibility of reservations.
This past spring, patrollers at each ski resort voted on whether to negotiate for better conditions via collective bargaining. Despite reaching different outcomes, both groups remain concerned about compensation and retention.
The Community Snow Observations project is recruiting adventurers to measure the depth of powder in remote areas. The initiative could provide more accurate information about spring runoff and help us better understand climate change.