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Posted on: December 23rd, 2019

Innovators have come up with a way to clear forests without setting fires

Letting forest fires burn, or even intentionally setting them, has often been considered good forest management. But that policy has become problematic as more and more people build homes in forested areas. Now, some innovators have come up with a new way to clear and renew America’s woodlands. A massive tree-eating machine called the feller…

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Posted on: January 2nd, 2019

Did Hickenlooper’s Rural Jobs Plan Have an Impact? Here’s One County’s Experience

BY NATHANIEL MINOR | NATHANIEL.MINOR@CPR.ORG JAN 2, 2019 In his first few state of the state addresses, Colorado’s outgoing Gov. John Hickenlooper didn’t mention rural Colorado much. That changed over the years, and especially in his last annual address to the legislature, when the Hickenlooper used the word “rural” nearly 30 times. Many of those mentions centered on Hickenlooper’s…

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Posted on: July 2nd, 2017

Can a ranch sawmill improve forest health in rural Colorado?

Matt Hildner/Pueblo Chieftain May 26, 2016 Read the story at High Country News Lots of things about the Trinchera Blanca Ranch are big. Sitting on the east side of the San Luis Valley near La Veta Pass, its 176,000 acres are believed to make it the biggest ranch in Colorado. Its owner, hedge fund manager…

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