Stuff by Olivia Emmer

  • Locations: Español Published

    Conduce sobre tierra, no sobre barro

    Traducción por Dolores Duarte

    Conforme las temperaturas incrementan con la llegada de la primavera, también lo hace la cantidad de barro en nuestras rutas o caminos locales. A diferencia de los caminos en otras partes del país, donde los suelos son arenosos y el uso de rutas en condiciones de… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Ride dirt, not mud

    As temperatures increase with the approach of spring, so does the amount of mud on our local trails. Unlike trails in some other parts of the country, where soils are loamy and use of trails during wet conditions isn’t a problem, many trails in the Roaring Fork River Valley have… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    WRNF explores aspen forest management

    The White River National Forest (WRNF) is seeking public comment on a proposal to manage aspen forests. The project cites declining aspen forests due to drought, insects, disease, wildfire suppression, and browsing pressure.
    The WRNF’s motivations for preserving and expanding aspen forest-types include “their scenic value, the important wildlife… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Storms boost the snowpack to near-normal

    Colorado ended last year in an exceptional drought. By Oct. 2020, 22% of Colorado was categorized in “exceptional drought.” This number peaked at almost 28%, where it hovered for much of January.
    Exceptional drought (D4) is the most severe drought category used by the National Weather Service, and… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Lease appeal dismissed by Pitkin County Manager

    At the end of January, a competitive lease application process for Pitkin County-owned agricultural land at the Glassier Open Space property in Basalt selected its winner, the Marigold Livestock Co.
    On Feb. 1, 2021, José Miranda, one of the other applicants and founder of Rocking TT Bar, filed a… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Conserved ranch looks to future

    At the end of 2020, a conservation easement that had been in negotiation for more than five years came to fruition. Sunfire Ranch, over 1,200 acres near the confluence of the Crystal River and Thompson Creek, sold a $10M conservation easement to Pitkin County Open Space and Trails (PCOST). Support… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Lynx tolerate recreation, but rely on limited habitat

    On Feb. 4, Lucretia Olson, ecologist for the Rocky Mountain Research Station of the United States Forest Service (USFS), will present her research on lynx in Colorado as part of Naturalist Nights. This local series is hosted by Wilderness Workshop, Aspen Center for Environmental Studies, and Roaring Fork… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Plotz for Plosky’s and kvell for Kula

    Bagel-lovers rejoice, a new Jewish-style deli is on its way. Slated to open in June 2021 is Plosky’s, the new venture of long-time local chefs David Eisenson and Mark Hardin. The pair met working at Six89, the much-loved restaurant by Mark Fischer that closed in 2012. They’ve both… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    How does La Niña impact Colorado snowfall?

    The world is currently experiencing a La Niña cycle, which means that water temperatures in the Central Pacific Ocean are lower than average for at least three months in a row. The threshold to be in La Niña is at least 0.5 degrees Celsius lower than average, or about one… read more →

  • Locations: News Published

    Wilderness Workshop engages the Latino community in conservation

    By Olivia Emmer
    Sopris Sun correspondent

    A father and daughter enjoy the Centennial, aka, East Elk Trail of the White River National Forest. Photo by Olivia Emmer.

    It’s a sunny winter morning and the trailhead parking lot reverberates with upbeat chatter. English and Spanish words float…

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