Forests

Hungry deer in the northeastern U. S. are likely changing the acoustics of their forests by eating up bushes, small trees and other leafy plants that normally would affect the transmission of natural sounds such as bird calls.

Mark Duggan

Biologist Bill Anderegg  studies how drought and climate change affect forest ecosystems, particularly that of aspen forests. KDNK's Mark Duggan spoke with him about his research and what he sees as the biggest threat to Colorado's beloved aspen forests.

AH Marsh Photo

A crowd gathered in Glenwood Springs yesterday to rally on behalf of national forests and public lands. It was one of several events across the country, organized by the National Wildlife Federation and Wilderness Workshop. Local speakers ranged from an outdoor marketing firm, to the hunting and fishing community, and a local rancher. The crowd was encouraged to make their voices heard next to "Cardboard" Cory Gardner, a stand-in for the real senator who was invited but did not attend the rally. KDNK's Raleigh Burleigh has the first story.

The second story features KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh and National Wildlife Federation's David Ellenberger, talking about the rally and public lands protection.

Click here for full audio of each of the six official speakers.

Rep. Scott Tipton

KDNK had its monthly conversation with Congressman Scott Tipton. This time, News Director Raleigh Burleigh focused on House Bill 2936, the Resilient Federal Forests Act, co-sponsored by Tipton. This bill has met resistance by environmentalists, claiming that it would privatize public lands and undercut environmental laws. Scott Tipton defends the bill as necessary for the health of forests and communities.