The founder of the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute is known the world over as a gardening guru. But now the Eagle County resident is facing a challenge from a pest he never anticipated: zoning.
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.
As we approach what would typically be monsoon season in the Centennial State, the ongoing La Niña weather pattern we’ve been experiencing is looking as if it will stay put. That could mean worsening drought conditions across Colorado and the Southwest.