Announcements Late September

Family Fishing at Haviland Lake, Free Fishing Day At Haviland Lake, 20 miles north of Durango, Photo by employee Joe Lewandoski May/June 2005, Division of Wildlife

Family Fishing at Haviland Lake, Free Fishing Day At Haviland Lake, 20 miles north of Durango, Photo by employee Joe Lewandoski May/June 2005, Division of Wildlife

SEPTEMBER 20th, 2017: Proposal submission deadline! Pitch specific problems to the entrepreneurial, innovation, and business community for the event Colorado Play and Protect,  put on by TAP-IN, related possibly to one of the following topics: outdoor industry (raft, kayak, fish, boat, camp, ski, snowboard, bike, paddle board, etc.); tourism; watershed coalitions; land management; natural hazard/disaster management; recovery programs, such as endangered species; stream and watershed management planning; forest health, and more! Then, the community will engage in dialogue to gather information that could power solutions and build connections to innovate together. Day of event in October 4th, 2017. Submit your proposal HERE. For more information about Tap-In, click HERE.

Southern Rockies Fire Science Network announced their new four-part video series "Bridging The Divide" which explores the challenges and triumphs involved with the 2013 West Fork Fire Complex in southern Colorado. This 109,000-acre fire had unique impacts on the Rio Grande river watershed, two national forests, and related mountain communities. Each short is a compilation of post-fire interviews, workshops, and research presentations, highlighting the special conditions of the fire and the unique community outcomes. Through science, collaboration and partnerships these mountain communities are learning to live with fire in the landscape.

Part 1 (5:38):  Bridging the Divide – The 2013 West Fork Fire Complex
Part 2 (2:58): Values and Risks
Part 3 (3:08): Forest Management
Part 4 (3:21): The Future of Our Forests

Do you have great ideas, research, or Environmental Education strategies to share? Help elevate EE by presenting at the annual Advancing Environmental Education Conference, "emPowered by Nature", Friday, March 2nd -Saturday, March 3rd, 2018at the Auraria Campus in Denver. The conference offers a variety of sessions, inspiring speakers, and many opportunities for networking and discovering new ideas, tools and techniques. Proposals are due October 31st, 2017.

The Solution for Salt in Our Rivers? - 9 million tons: that's how much salt is carried in the Colorado River by the time it flows through the Hoover Dam. 800,000 tons comes from the Lower Gunnison Basin. This article in High Country News explores what irrigators in Western Colorado are doing to keep salt out of our water. 

Front Range Urban Forestry Council meeting on September 21st, 2017 from 8:30 am – Noon at the Golden Community Center, 1470 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401. They will meet in the Bear Creek Room on the upper level of the Community Center. If you need additional information contact Keith Wood at 303-438-9338 or

The River Rally team invites proposals for workshops, due October 1, 2017, that relate to one or more of the following themes: Reconnecting to Rivers Through Restoration and Recreation; Mobilizing for Change Through Policy, Advocacy, and Civic Engagement; Making Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Real; Expanding Impact Through Science, Technology, and Monitoring, or; Sustaining Strong Leaders, Organizations and Coalitions. Click HERE for all pertinent details.

The Center for Collaborative Conservation (CCC) invites team applications for the 9th cohort of Collaborative Conservation Fellows. This cohort will join 134 previous fellows as part of a worldwide network of collaborative conservation. The Collaborative Conservation Fellows Program supports faculty, researchers, students, and practitioners using collaborative approaches to conservation and livelihood challenges. For this cohort, they are looking for teams, comprised of practitioners, faculty, and students.  The fellowships will run for a full two years, from January 15, 2018 - January 15, 2020. Please visit their WEBSITE to read the RFP, learn more about the program, and submit your proposal.  Applications will be accepted until November 1, 2017. 

Taking a Walk Through Deep Time. A new app called Deep Time Walk attempts to remind us of our common evolutionary history with all life through the combination of an audio book and physical walk. The walk is 4.6 kilometers, representing 4,600 million years of the Earth’s history. This unfolding takes you from 4,600,000,000 years ago (4,600 Million Years Ago) to the present day, with each metre walked representing 1 million years. During the walk between a fool and a scientist you learn from the latest scientific evidence about how our planet evolved over this vast stretch of geological time, including the accretion of the Earth from a disc of rocky debris, the formation of the oceans and atmosphere, the appearance of first life - bacteria, then the first nucleated cells and multicellular organisms.