Public Lands

KDNK News reporter Kathleen Shannon interviews For Land's Sake host Bill Kight about the spirit of his show and views on the future of our public lands.

Former Routt County Commissioner and Representative for Colorado's 26th House District Diane Mitsch Bush is running for Colorado's 3rd Congressional District. She spoke to KDNK's Lucas Turner about legislative priorities including protecting public lands, lowering healthcare costs, creating new jobs and more.

US Senator Michael Bennet Calls for Pendley to Resign BLM Post

Sep 16, 2020
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Colorado's Democratic U.S. Senator Michael Bennet called for acting director William Perry Pendley to resign from the Bureau of Land Management in a speech on the Senate floor Tuesday. KVNF’s Gavin Dahl has some highlights. Click on the headline for a link to the entire speech and a transcript of the Senator's remarks.

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Local writer Genevieve J. Villamizar is a regular on For Land's Sake. This month, she shares with Bill Kight her role as Artemis Ambassador through the National Wildlife Federation. This involves fostering community among girl and women anglers, archers, hunters and conservationists.

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U.S. Senator Michael Bennet is on Colorado's Western Slope this week. KVNF's Gavin Dahl asked him questions in Hotchkiss Wednesday about rural infrastructure and public lands.

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The Bureau of Land Management oversees millions of acres of public land in the West. The agency recently moved its headquarters to Grand Junction, Colorado, but is struggling to fill leadership jobs... and still lacks a permanent director. KVNF's Jodi Peterson has more.

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The Great American Outdoors Act is one step closer to becoming law. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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Wilderness Workshop’s Summer Hiking Series takes on a new look this year. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Hike Series Coordinator Brandon Jones to find out more.

A bill to permanently fund conservation efforts and reduce maintenance backlogs across public lands will soon be up for a vote in the U.S. Senate.

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On this month's For Land's Sake, host Bill Kight speaks with old friend Kevin Warner, who started his new job as the head of the Aspen/Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest on December 2nd, 2019.

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On this month's For Land's Sake, host Bill Kight shares his love for poetry and shares several evocative favorites.

Katrina Byars

Katrina Byars is a former Carbondale Town Trustee and current democratic candidate for Garfield County’s Board of County Commissioners. She has a Masters of Legal Studies in natural resources and environmental law and is a long-time advocate for healthy communities and healthy public lands. She shares her practices and mindset for maintaining strong leadership amidst the political and social challenges of these times.

Craft Brewers to Urge Gardner to Advance CORE Act

Mar 11, 2020
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DENVER -- Leaders from Colorado's multi-billion-dollar craft beverage industry delivered a letter this week urging U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner to co-sponsor the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy - or CORE - Act, designed in part to protect watersheds.

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This month on For Land's Sake, host Bill Kight talks about sense of place and place making with Genevieve Joelle Villamizar.

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 Kevin Warner started his new job as head of the Aspen/Sopris Ranger District of the White River National Forest on Monday. He began his career in 2001 as a summer intern on the Maroon Bells/Snowmass Wilderness Area. He’s worked on national forests in Alaska and Arizona, and for the past four years, in the Glenwood Springs headquarters of the White River National Forest. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh talks with him about his work.  

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Associated Press Northern Arizona correspondent Felicia Fonseca reports on a new proposal for working with private companies to modernize campgrounds at National Parks in her new article. KDNK's Gavin Dahl lays out why this is controversial, including debates over keeping parks natural vs. adding amenities like wi-fi, plus concerns over profiteering or increasing the cost of access to public lands. Additionally, the proposal orginated during disgraced former Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's tenure. Zinke was subject to at least 15 investigations when he resigned after voters put Democrats back in charge of the U.S. House. 

M. John Fayhee

Reporter M. John Fayhee joins KDNK's Gavin Dahl to explain what's next for federal land near El Jebel that is managed by the US Forest Service. It sounds like the White River National Forest will preserve the lower parcel of what Fayhee calls "pure riparian splendor" with public access trails to the Roaring Fork River. The upper parcel is 30 acres across three sections and could be leased or sold. Read all about it here.

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Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop and four other conservation groups recently won a lawsuit that will force the Bureau of Land Management back to the drawing board on local oil and gas drilling plans. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

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Advocates of the 54 year-old Land and Water Conservation Fund are pushing Congress to pass a bill that would guarantee a permanent budget allocation. Lucas Turner spoke with Brian Kurzel from National Wildlife Federation's Rocky Mountain Regional Center about the fund and what a full budget allocation could mean for public lands.

Prescribed Burns Planned for 4 Counties

Sep 19, 2019
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Prescribed burns are planned for this fall. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has the details.

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On June 29th, the Bureau of Land Management released its final draft resource management plan for the Uncompahgre Field Office, encompassing nearly 900,000 acres of public lands across six Colorado counties. The Colorado Department of Natural Resources has since submitted a formal letter of protest, claiming that the draft plan does not adequately balance wildlife protection with energy extraction. According to Ken Rait, Project Director for Pew Charitable Trusts, this plan is one of six released in the past five months that demonstrate a disturbing trend in public lands administration. 

BLM: Quarry Expansion Proposal "Complete"

Aug 14, 2019
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Rocky Mountain Resources came one step closer Monday to expanding the Mid-Continent Limestone Quarry, north of Glenwood Springs. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update.

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Shake-ups in the US Interior Department and the Bureau of Land Management could have far-reaching effects on public lands in Colorado and the West. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh sat down with Chris Saeger, director of the Western Values Project, a public lands watchdog group based in Montana, to talk about some of the issues.

Small Fire South of Rifle Benefits Ecosystem

Jul 31, 2019
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US Forest Service officials are monitoring a lightning-caused wildfire near the headwaters of Middle Mamm Creek. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has this report.

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Assistant Interior Secretary Joe Balash announced Tuesday in a conference call that the Bureau of Land Management HQ is moving to Grand Junction. But, critics say details about the move are unclear. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has more.

Becky Lomax

Becky Lomax, author of USA National Parks - The Complete Guide to All 59 Parks, speaks to KDNK station manager Gavin Dahl by cell phone from a meadow with an incredible view of Yosemite Falls (see photo). She touts some of her favorite underrated destinations, talks about wildlife and the significance of Dark Skies designation, and explains how Glacier National Park near her home is impacted by climate change. 

U.S. House to Consider Bipartisan Public Lands Bill

Feb 25, 2019
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The U.S. Senate recently passed a bill, by a vote of 92 to 8, that would permanently reauthorize the Land and Water Conservation Fund. All eyes now are on members of the House, who could vote on the measure this week. The fund played a role in protecting lands in Colorado, including Great Sand Dunes National Park and Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. 

The revolving door in Washington shows no signs of slowing down. President Trump nominated former Rifle, Colorado resident David Bernhardt, a longtime energy lobbyist, to head the US Department of the Interior, replacing Ryan Zinke. Center for Western Priorities policy director Jesse Prentice-Dunn speaks to KDNK about Bernhardt's conflicts of interest and a recent public opinion survey on energy and conservation. During Trump's shutdown, the Interior Department approved drilling permits for companies with links to Bernhardt. 

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The proposed limestone quarry expansion near Glenwood Springs has been sent back to the drawing board. But that doesn’t mean it’s off the table. Reporter Amy Hadden Marsh has more:

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On today's show, Amy Hadden Marsh joins host Bill Kight to look at the top five theats to public lands.

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