The 2005 State of the Rockies Report Card continues the Rockies Project tradition of identifying, assessing, and communicating key issues and problems in this unique region of spectacular natural beauty and cultural wealth, abundant resources and fragile environment. The Report Card includes thoughtful and often provocative analysis and discussion of some key issues that confront the Rockies: energy, the condition of the national parks, urban sprawl, toxic waste, creative occupations, and civic engagement. Edited by Walter E. Hecox (CC professor of economics), F. Patrick Holmes III (CC class of 2003), Bryan Hurlbutt (CC class of 2004).
For the 2007 Report Card new challenges include forest health and the importance of fire mitigation and disease in this region, energy development impacts on Rockies' communities and infrastructure, water use in the Rockies and the growing need for agriculture to urban water transfers, and trends in new communities, including "new urbanism". Edited by Walter E. Hecox (CC professor of economics), Matthew K. Reuer, and Christopher B. Jackson (CC class of 2006).
Presents list of lectures for the Fall 2007 Colorado College State of the Rockies speaker series: Wilderness and wildlands: is there enough? / Will Rogers, Suzanne Jones -- Designated wilderness: what’s the status? / Peter Landres -- The unprotected wildlands/roadless areas: how should they be managed? / Gloria Flora -- What is the value of wilderness? / William Cronan.
Speaking to a long-standing tradition of the Rockies Report Cards "grading" the region on a variety of attributes, this year includes a brief look at three areas: crime and incarceration in the Rockies, historic preservation in the Rockies, and an evaluation of regional representation by elected officials. The Report Card also tackles issues of wildlife in the Rockies, dedicating three sections to the topic: "Wildlife: Range and Condition," "Wildlife Management," and "Impacts of Energy Development on Wildlife." Tangentially, the Report Card addresses water issues and population changes with the sections: "Wild and Scenic Rivers" and "Repopulating the Rockies." Edited by Walter E. Hecox (CC professor of economics), Elizabeth L. Kolbe (CC class of 2008), and Matthew K. Reuer.
The 2014 State of the Rockies Report Card is entitled "Large Landscape Conservation in the Rockies : Exploring New Conservation Paradigms for the Twenty-First Century." Building upon two years of focus on a very large conservation area in the Rockies, The Colorado River Basin, during 2013-14 the project team returned to an analysis of the eight-state region's land and environment. The project team delved into the techniques of "creative conservation" and "large landscape conservation" to provide comprehensive insight into innovative conservation actions and tools in the region. Using tabular and spatial techniques, the project team has begun to build a detailed inventory of conservation efforts and initiatives underway in the Rockies.
The 2009-2010 research focus was entitled, "Food and Agriculture in the Rockies Current Challenges and New Trends." The research project took place July 6-12, 2009, July 22, 2009, and July 29, 2009. The 2009-10 student project researchers spent the summer of 2009 investigating agriculture in the Rockies Region. Their analysis of multiple data sets, mapping projects, academic papers, interviews, and field experience provide a unique and comprehensive look at the challenges and successes of agriculture in the Rockies.
The 2010/2011 project team headed north to Wyoming and Montana to visit important sites and talk to experts related to the three research themes. After eight days, over 2400 miles and numerous conversations and meetings the State of the Rockies Project Team of six students, one staff and one faculty returned to Colorado Springs to spend the remainder of the summer researching and reporting on their findings.
For the summer of 2013, with the focus was on large landscape conservation, the team set sights northward. With stops like Yellowstone, Bozeman, Missoula, and the Flathead River Valley, this year’s field work involved meetings with conservation experts, and individuals tied to the past, present, and future of land use and conservation here in the Rocky Mountain West. In addition to the 3,400 mile journey from Colorado Springs to the Canadian Border, the team also conducted field research in Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and the Front Range of Colorado.
Keynote speech from the Colorado College State of the Rockies Conference held May 3 through May 4, 2004. This keynote speech was delivered by Governor Richard Lamm, May 4, 2004.
Throughout the past century, there has been a global shift in climate. Temperatures have been rising, and while precipitation has been fluctuating, it has exhibited not obvious trends. This change in climate has led to global treeline advancement, and has presented ecological, economic, and social implications. Two of the most relevant implications, especially within the context of the western United States, are changing ecosystem dynamics and water yields. Therefore this study aims to explore the effects of climate change at treeline throughout the Colorado Rockies, with the objective to use simple meteorological data to explain and predict radial tree growth. Data was collected at ten individual mountains in five mountain ranges throughout the state. The subsequent dendrochronologies for each mountain were correlated with time, local and regional meteorology, and the other nine sites. The correlation between sites was compared to the distance between sites. Chronologies were also compared to regional wind and storm patterns. Ultimately, no significant climatic trends appeared to influence individual tree growth on a regional scale throughout the Colorado Rockies. In some sites, such as those bordering the western Colorado deserts, increasing precipitation led to increased radial growth. At a small number of sites in the Front Range and the Sawatch Range, increased summer and annual temperatures led to increased radial growth as well. The remaining sites showed no connection between radial tree growth and simple local and regional meteorological data. The dendrochronologies between most mountains were significantly correlated; the correlations ranged from 0.93 to 0.25, with most of the sites correlated at 0.6 and above. Surprisingly, the correlation coefficients between sites did not respond to the distance between mountains in a statistically significant way. Based on an analysis between site correlations, three groups emerged with inter-site correlation at 0.7 and above: west of the Continental Divide, Front Range and Central Rockies, and along the Continental Divide. In general, these groups showed a southwest to northeast orientation. Storm patterns that flow from the southwest to the northeast throughout the state act as the central variable in correlating chronologies between sites. Conclusively this study does not support the hypotheses that claim climate significantly affects radial growth, but instead provides important information that can be used to further understand the implications of climate on treeline dynamics in the Colorado Rockies.
Program for the Colorado College State of the Rockies Conference held April 10 through April 13, 2006. Includes listings of presentations and speakers: Unveiling of the 2006 State of the Rockies Report Card, by Walter Hecox (CC professor of economics), Bryan Hurlbutt (CC class of 2004), Caitlin O'Brady (CC class of 2005); Land Conservation - Protecting Unique Landscapes and Habitats, with Tass Kelso (CC professor of biology), Jared Kapela (CC class of 2006), Bruce Runnels, Charles Bedford, Chris Pague; Preserving Biodiversity - Addressing Threatened, Endangered, and Invasive Species, with Walter Hecox, Joanna Prukop, Amanda Strauss (CC class of 2006), Randy Simmons, Anna Sher; Ranching in the Rockies - Threats and Signs of Hope, with Jack Wold (CC class of 1975), Andrew Yarbrough (CC class of 2006), Dan Dagget, Doc and Connie Hatfield, Dale Lasater, Brian Rohter, John Schiffer (CC class of 1967); Conservation in Action - Success Stories, with Caitlin O'Brady, John Fielder, Sydney Macy; Environmental Justice - Equally Protecting All Humans and the Environment, with Wade Roberts (CC professor of sociology), Angela Banfill (CC class of 2006), Jean Belille, William Snape III, Liam Downey, Kathryn Mutz, Sally L. Palmer; New Approaches to Governing the Rockies - Can Our Region's Political Voices Be Heard? with Tom Cronin (CC professor of political science), Chris Jackson (CC class of 2006), Daniel Kemmis, Michael Stratton, Sandy Buffett (CC class of 1991); Climate Change - What Happens in a Warmer Rockies, with Matthew Reuer, Gregory Zimmerman (CC class of 2006), Roger A. Pielke Sr., Roger Pielke, Jr., Auden Schendler; Rockies' History Comes Alive - John Wesley Powell Returns, with Anne Hyde (CC professor of history), Clay Jenkinson.
The 2011 State of the Rockies Report Card is focused on the Eastern Plains, Infrastructure and Recreation. These separate but interrelated topics are all important aspects to the Rockies region.
Program for the Colorado College State of the Rockies Conference held April 9 through April 11, 2007. Includes listings of presentations and speakers: Water Sustainability, with David Havlick, Tyler McMahon (CC class of 2007), Melinda Kassen, Gary Bostrom; Keynote speaker, Kay Brothers; Forest Health, with Brian Linkhart, Carissa Look (CC class of 2007), Merrill Kaufmann, Mary Mitsos, Phillip Kannan (CC distinguished lecturer); Keynote speaker, James Hubbard; New Communities/New Urbanism, with Ruth Kolarik (CC professor of art), Chris Jackson (CC class of 2006), Mark Johnson, Mark Tremmel; Keynote speaker, Peter Calthorpe.
Part of the annual State of the Rockies Conference. Dan Dagget, environmentalist, discusses "The New Ranch: A Means Toward Equal Protection for the Land." Student researcher Andrew Yarbrough (CC class of 2006) presents the results of the ranching report card, and a panel consisting of ranchers Doc and Connie Hatfield, of Country Natural Beef; rancher Dale Lasater, of Lasater Grasslands Beef; Brian Rohter, chief executive officer of New Seasons Market; and rancher John Schiffer, Wyoming state senator, discuss ranching in the Rockies. Recorded April 11, 2006.
Presents list of lectures for the 2009-2010 Colorado College State of the Rockies speaker series: Reclaiming American agriculture / Dr. Bill Weida -- The new politics of agriculture / Dan Morgan and Elaine Shannon -- Where's the beef? Tradeoffs between grassfed and industrial Livestock / Dr. Rosamond Naylor -- In wildness is the preservation of sustainability / Richard Manning -- The mythological power of the 'family farm' / Dr. Bonnie Lynn-Sherow
Introduction to the work of a group of researchers, including CC professor of geology, Christine Siddoway, on the EarthScope Bighorn Project who are using innovative approaches in seismology and structural geology to study the formation of the Laramide Rocky Mountains.
Program for the Colorado College State of the Rockies Conference held April 5 through April 7, 2005. Includes listings of presentations and speakers: Unveiling of the 2005 State of the Rockies Report Card, by Walter Hecox (CC professor of economics) and Bryan Hurlbutt (CC class of 2004); Celebrating Rockies Civic Engagement and Creativity, with F. Patrick Holmes (CC class of 2003), Cathy Robbins, Chase Whitney, Matthew Lee-Ashley, Mary Lou Makepeace, and Joseph Garcia; Toxic Rockies, with Walter Hecox, Philip M. Kannan (CC distinguished lecturer), Bryan Hurlbutt, and Caitlin O'Brady (CC class of 2005); 2005 State of the Rockies Conference Challenge Talks, with Walter Hecox, Patricia Limerick, and Terry L. Anderson; Energy in the Rockies: Patterns, Trends and Assessment, with Walter Hecox, Chase Whitney, F. Patrick Holmes, Bryan Hurlbutt, Michelle Sullivan, and John Nielsen; Energy Challenge in the Rockies, with Walter Hecox, and Amory Lovins; A New West, a New Energy Policy, by keynote speaker, Bill Richardson and respondent Matt Simmons; Native Americans Regaining Sovereignty: Success Stories, with Walter Hecox, A. David Lester, Jacqueline Johnson, Chase Whitney, Tony Skrelunas, and Ira New Breast; Sprawl and National Parks' Stress, with Chase Whitney, F. Patrick Holmes, Bryan Hurlbutt, Christie Renner (CC class of 2005), and F. Patrick Holmes; Ground Truthing: The Open Space of Democracy, by Terry Tempest Williams.
Biography sheet of the 2010 Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Summer Research Team.
The State of the Rockies Project summer research team headed south in 2011 with a tall task, to follow the Colorado River from its headwaters in the Rockies, to the Mexican Delta where the River traditionally reached the sea. From Colorado Springs the team crossed Colorado over the Rockies into the Colorado River Basin, then traveled south into Utah and Arizona, continuing all the way into Mexico, tracing the course of the River and investigating the issues in the Basin. From the border they headed back north, stopping at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon and the Navajo Nation, before finally making the long haul back home to Colorado Springs. Covering over 3400 miles, the trip reinforced the gravity of many issues the team had already been researching from afar at Colorado College.
Keynote speech from the Colorado College State of the Rockies Conference held April 5 through April 7, 2005. This keynote speech was delivered by Governor Bill Richardson, April 6, 2005.
Suzanne Jones and Sloan Shoemaker give an insight into the role of environmental group and public involvement in the forest decisions made by the government concerning the future of our national and state forests. Suzanne Jones is the central Rocky Mountain regional director of the Wilderness Society and Sloan Shoemaker is the executive director of the Aspen Wilderness Workshop. Recorded January 31, 2011.
Presents list of lectures for the 2008-09 Fall-Winter Colorado College State of the Rockies speaker series: Hunting: blood sport or wildlife management tool? / Kent Ingram, Bob Goodnough, David Crawford -- Can we save Colorado’s rivers? The future of the Cache la Poudre of Northern Colorado / Gary Wockner, Brian Werner -- Wolves on the range: threat to ranching or essential wildlife management force? / Jon and Deb Robinett, Harris Sherman, Sally Wisely -- Bison in Yellowstone: pests or natural icons? / Amy McNamara.
Biography sheet of the summer 2011 and 2011-2012 Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Summer Research Team.
Clay Jenkinson, cultural commentator, author, and first-person impersonator, in-character as John Wesley Powell, offers contemporary comments on Powell's reactions to the challenges facing the Rocky Mountain region today. Jenkinson is the scholar behind the Thomas Jefferson of public radio's The Thomas Jefferson Hour and winner of the Charles Frankel Prize. Recorded April 13, 2006.
Forest ecosystems in the Colorado Front Range have evolved to thrive in the unique climatic conditions of the region and natural disturbance regimes that existed prior to European settlement. Knowledge of how forests were structured in the past and the factors that affect their establishment and growth is essential to their management. Part of Notable Lectures & Performances series, Colorado College. Recorded January 25, 2007.