September 17, 2012--Forest management proves to be a delicate balance (Longmont Times)

Fifteen years ago, the U.S. Forest Service boldly announced a goal of eradicating hazardously overgrown forests nationwide by 2015. That goal is long gone. The threat to Colorado homes in 2013, it now appears, will likely be as high as ever. Forest restoration and bush clearance have lagged even as new housing is built in threatened areas.

September 14, 2012--Drought nears record levels (USA Today)

The drought scorching the nation has reached a level surpassed only twice before in recorded weather history. The National Climatic Data Center reported this week that 57.2% of the contiguous USA is "moderately to extremely dry," a percentage topped only during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s and during another drought in the mid-1950s.

September 12, 2012--Who’s consuming the most water in Durango? (Durango Herald)

Fall is finally providing some relief after a summer when drought sent half the counties in the United States into disaster status. Images of dry river beds, parched fields and kernel-less corn filled airwaves across the county. La Plata County saw those same images up close as the Animas River shrunk to near-record lows and crops shriveled in parched fields.

September 10, 2012--Animas hits 4th lowest flow in 100 years (Durango Herald)

A century of water records show that 2002, the year of the Missionary Ridge Fire, was the driest in Southwest Colorado. But 2012 is close behind, in fourth place. Officials have 99 years of flow records for the Animas River, Rege Leach, the Colorado Division of Water Resources engineer in Durango, said Friday.

September 10, 2012--Droughts are pushing trees to the limit (Science Daily)

Droughts in the Southwest made more severe by warming temperatures are putting plants in stressful growing conditions, a new study has found, identifying an increasingly water-thirsty atmosphere as a key force that sucks moisture from plants, leading to potentially higher stress -- especially in mid and low elevations.

September 7, 2012--Conference to address impacts of Colorado drought (Denver Business Journal)

The Colorado Water Conservation Board is holding a “Statewide Drought Conference: Building a Drought-Resilient Economy Through Innovation” on Sept. 19-20 to highlight the research and experiences of professionals working in regions and industries affected by the recent drought.

Colorado Statewide Drought Conference (Denver, CO)

09/19/2012 8:00 am
09/20/2012 5:00 pm

Colorado Statewide Drought Conference: Building a Drought Resilient Economy through Innovation. The conference will be conducted in Denver, Colorado. For more information and/or to register contact the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

September 2, 2012--Drought limits migrating birds' rest stops (USA Today)

Millions of migrating ducks, geese and other waterfowl will find fewer rest stops on their way south this fall — more fallout from a drought that has parched marshes, ponds and wildlife refuges on flyways between North and South America.

August 31, 2012--Federal program altered to aid ranchers (Trinidad Times)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has enacted special provisions to the agency’s emergency loan program and to the Risk Management Agency (RMA) federal crop insurance program in order to provide greater flexibility for livestock producers facing forage and feed shortages as a result of drought.

August 28, 2012--Study: Climate change could transform Colorado grasslands, alpine tundra (Coloradoan)

Clues to climate change in Northern Colorado aren’t limited to dying stands of timber pine trees, bark beetle outbreaks and a trend of rising temperatures throughout the region. Scientists at the U.S.

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