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We Went to Witness a Prescribed Burn—And It Became a Wildfire

A prescribed fire on the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch jumped its boundary on Wednesday, prompting evacuations in a nearby neighborhood. Though the Elk fire is small, it's an unfortunate turn of events for proponents of controlled burning.

Environment

Are Trails in Colorado Harming Wildlife?

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?

Damned If They Do

Are the beavers living in Colorado’s high country ingenious critters or inveterate nuisances—or both?

Nearly 300,000 Acres of Public Land Are Inaccessible in Colorado

According to a recent report, millions of acres of federal public land across the West are “landlocked” by private property holdings. And here in the Centennial State, there are unique barriers to opening up more land for recreation.

Can Colorado Burn Its Way Out of a Wildfire Crisis?

This year has been one of the most active fire seasons in Colorado history, featuring some of the largest, most intense wildfires the state has ever seen. Now, land managers hope prescribed burns can counteract the disturbing trend before it’s too late.

The American West Is On Fire

Two new wildfires in Colorado are the latest of more than 80 large fires happening in Montana, Oregon, and Washington, where more than one million acres are already ablaze.

Sun Spotting

While you’re busy watching this month’s solar eclipse, students from five Colorado colleges will be recording it.

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