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).
For the third year in a row, the State of the Rockies Project, in conjunction with Lori Weigel, Public Opinion Strategies and Dave Metz, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, has conducted the Conservation in the West Poll. For more complete 2013 Conservation in the West Poll findings and more information visit: www.stateoftherockies.com.
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.
The 2012 summer research team headed into the field for their research trip with the aim of better understanding the multitude of Colorado River water uses and values. Developing on the Project's successes from the previous year this year's focus looks to the future and the implications of mounting pressures from agriculture, municipal and industrial uses, and diversions for energy on an already stressed river basin. A week in Canyonland's Cataract Canyon brought the researchers up close and personal with the river.
For the fourth year in a row, the Rockies Project has released the annual Conservation in the West Poll. Surveying 2400 registered voters from six western states, the poll provides valuable insight into the attitudes of voters in the Rocky Mountain West. Lori Weigel, Public Opinion Strategies and Dave Metz, Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, conducted the Conservation in the West Poll. Conservation and land use issues could have the power to sway how westerners vote in 2014 elections, according to the 2014 Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.