Program for the Colorado College State of the Rockies Conference held May 3 through May 4, 2004. Includes listings of presentations and speakers: Endurance and Sovereignty Among The Indian Nations of the Rocky Mountain West, by Charles Wilkinson; Home and Hope in the Rockies: 20 Years of Observation, by Ed and Betsy Marston; Unveiling of the 2004 State of the Rockies Report Card, by Walt Hecox (CC professor of economics) and F. Patrick Holmes (CC class of 2003); Rocky Mountain Futures - An Ecological Perspective, by Jill S. Baron; Developing a Public Science That Can Weather the Politics of Resource Management in the Rockies, by Thomas Sisk; panel discussion, On the Front Lines: Community Organizations Confronting Change, with George Sibley and Ellen Stein (CC class of 1987); "The Angry West, Revisited" : Reflections on 20 years of change in the West since Gov. Lamm’s 1982 book: The Angry West: A Vulnerable Land and Its Future, by keynote speaker, Richard Lamm.
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.
State of the Rockies Lecture: Nolan Doesken is a state climatologist who has been monitoring Colorado’s climate for decades. Mike King is the executive director of Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Their combined expertise offesr a unique view of Colorado forests from a Colorado government perspective. Recorded December 6, 2010.
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.
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.
The 2004 State of the Rockies Report Card launched an effort to provide a comprehensive and accessible annual statement on what is happening in the eight Rocky Mountain states. The contents include essays on the “state” of the region by experts; a “Rockies at a Glance” section to put the region in perspective; an overview essay on the economics and demographics of the eight-state Rockies region; 15 indicator sections that rank counties based on cultural, demographic, economic, and environmental characteristics, including thumbnail sketches of innovative communities; and an essay that highlights the distinct differences for three sub-regions within the Rockies: the Continental Divide Spine, the Eastern Plains Agricultural Heritage Zone, and the West and Southern Mountain Amenity Zone. Edited by Walter E. Hecox (CC professor of economics) and F. Patrick Holmes III (CC class of 2003).
The 2012 State of the Rockies Report Card entitled "The Colorado River Basin: Agenda for Use, Restoration, and Sustainability for the Next Generation," includes a summary of the Rockies Project Source to Sea trip, an investigation into the Colorado River's many diversions and uses, and an assessment of the "Law of the River," among many other topics.
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).
Biography sheet of the 2010 Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Summer Research Team.
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.
In this overview, Walter E. Hecox, State of the Rockies project director and Elizabeth Kolbe, State of the Rockies program coordinator, present topics addressed during the 2009 State of the Rockies, including: How do environmental concerns affect life in the Rockies? How do we manage the inevitable growth here in the Rockies? What are megapolitans? Why should I care about the recreational sector of 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.
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.
The 2006 State of the Rockies Report Card continues the Rockies Project tradition of reporting key issues in this unique region of spectacular natural beauty, cultural wealth, abundant resources, and fragile environment. The Report Card includes analysis and discussion of some key issues that confront the Rockies: biodiversity, ranch economics, climate change, land conservation, and child development. Edited by Walter E. Hecox (CC professor of economics), Bryan Hurlbutt (CC class of 2004), and Caitlin O'Brady (CC class of 2005).
The 2008 Report Card, Fifth Anniversary Edition, attends to environmental amenities, and also pushes into social dimensions that seem increasingly to capture the spotlight in the eight states included in this report: the role of immigrants, the challenge of affordable housing, the need to restore degraded landscapes, the continuing controversies over wildland protection, and the prospect of creating a long-term regional renewable energy boom. Edited by David Havlick; Project Supervisor, Walter E. Hecox (CC professor of economics); Editor, Layout, Christopher B. Jackson (CC class of 2006); Contibutor, Matthew K. Reuer.
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.
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.
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.
Presents list of lectures for the 2010-11 Colorado College State of the Rockies speaker series: Are the trees falling? How pine beetle and wildfire shape Rocky Mountain forests / Dave Theobald, Jason Sibold -- Big burn: the lasting legacy of the nation’s largest wildfire / Timothy Egan -- The White is turning red: case study of the White River National Forest / Tony Dixon, Jan Burke -- Colorado State Government & forests: controversy over health, climate and roads / Mike King, Nolan Doesken -- Environmental groups and public involvement in forest health decisions / Suzanne Jones, Sloan Shoemaker -- Private solutions: ownership, philosophy, management.
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.
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.
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.
The 2013 State of the Rockies Report Card is entitled "Water Friendly Futures for the Colorado River Basin." The 2012-13 Rockies Project focus, for a second year, is the Colorado River Basin. The Colorado River Basin, covering a major portion of the eight-state Rockies region and extending into Mexico, has been the unified focus for all parts to the State of the Rockies Project during summer 2011 and the 2011-12 academic year and again for summer 2012 and 2012-13.
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.
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.