Colorado is in the midst of a trail-building bonanza. But research has revealed an inconvenient truth: The humans recreating on these trails are negatively impacting wildlife populations throughout the state. Is there a way to spend time in the backcountry responsibly without endangering the state’s fauna?
The High Lonesome Ranch in western Colorado is big enough to be a national park, but its owners, led by Paul Vahldiek Jr., don’t take their cues from the government. Instead, they’ve developed a unique approach to land management that could revolutionize the conservation movement for both private and public open spaces.
River advocates recently secured nearly $8 million to revitalize roughly 30 miles of the Colorado River headwaters. It’s the largest such restoration ever attempted on this stretch of the Centennial State’s signature waterway, and it required nothing short of a miracle to pull off: a truce between sworn enemies.