HELENA, Mont. (AP) - The Obama administration is calling for new wilderness and conservation area declarations in nine states.
The Secretary of the Interior released a report Thursday that he hopes will result in new legislation from Congress establishing the new land protections.
Most of the areas proposed... more »
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has made millions of acres of federal land eligible for wilderness protections, reversing a Bush-era policy that went into effect in 2003.
That policy stated that new areas could not be recommended for wilderness protection by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. It also prevented... more »
Colorado authorities are searching for a Chicago hiker who hasn't been heard from for a week.
The search for James Nelson resumed Monday at the Mount of the Holy Cross near Vail.
A Colorado National Guard helicopter dropped off a search team and another helicopter was looking for... more »
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has introduced a bill to protect land in Colorado's mountains.
The bill involves nearly 166,000 acres in Summit and Eagle counties. Polis says it was introduced late Wednesday night.
The land would be designated as wilderness or special protection areas. more »
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis has released a draft proposal that would designate nearly 90,000 acres in western Colorado as new federal wilderness areas and another 80,000 acres as special management areas or additions.
The Colorado Democrat says he hopes to introduce a bill in the fall to preserve the... more »
U.S. Rep. Jared Polis is weighing environmental concerns against access for hunters as he works on a measure to designate more than 340,000 acres of Colorado land as wilderness.
The freshman Democrat says he hasn't found a balance yet for the Hidden Gems Wilderness proposal, but he says he's... more »
Kathy Dunbar believes some miracles come in three-pound bundles.
Yet she still has a hard time believing that her Maltese-poodle mix named Mindy is sitting in her lap.
"It's like God looked over her," Dunbar said. "She was meant to be something special."
Mindy was lost during... more »
A team of Bigfoot enthusiasts is hoping to find the legendary creature in the bogs and barrens of a West Virginia wilderness area. Members of Sasquatch Watch of Virginia went camping in the rugged Allegheny Mountain highlands of the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area with GPS navigators, cameras, voice recorders and... more »
Congressman John Salazar has introduced a bill to designate about 61,000 acres in three southwest Colorado counties as federal wilderness. The Colorado Democrat says the measure would protect lands and mountains that define the state's character and spirit. The proposal includes land in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison and San... more »