public lands

KSJD Local Newscast - Jan. 15, 2020

Jan 15, 2020

Water and wildlife in the nation's public forests are slowly being poisoned by insecticides and other chemicals used in illegal marijuana operations, say forest police and researchers. They warn that the potential environmental damage could last generations.

Many of the grows are the work of highly organized drug cartels that take advantage of the forests' thick canopy to help hide their operations. Some sites go undetected for years.

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The Four Corners is home to an intersection of varied perspectives on public lands and resource extraction. Homesteaders, environmentalists, and oil and gas proponents often collide at different angles on these issues — and it’s all at the heart of a new fiction book from a southwest Colorado author.

Colorado is poised to get a new state park. The new recreational area will include an iconic mountain peak and lots of wildlife in Southern Colorado.