Posts Categorized: Environment

Film festival benefits Land Trust, GARNA

Two stunning films with local, Salida connections will be screened as part of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival 2014 on Thurs., April 10, 6:30 p.m., at the Salida Community Center. The event is a fundraiser and membership drive for the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association, and includes 10 environmental and adventure films that showcase the earth’s beauty, challenges and work communities are doing.

Land Trust hosts Voices of Valley literary event

The Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas is hosting Voices of the Valley, an evening of poems and essays inspired by the natural landscape and water resources where we live and play today at 7 p.m. at The Book Haven in Salida. Colorado Central Magazine is a sponsor. Local author Andrea Jones will headline. Writers from Shavano Poets, the Chaffee Country Writers Exchange and middle-school literary contest winners will also read from their works. Free and open to the public.

Fracking Your Water Away

According to the latest state data, drilling and fracking operations led to 495 chemical spills in Colorado in 2013. Nearly a quarter of spills impacted groundwater or surface water, refuting the oil and gas industry assertion that drilling and fracking never pollutes water. The inaugural edition of the new Colorado Toxic Release Tracker from the Center for Western Priorities (CWP) details those spills and their impacts on Colorado’s land and water.

“The numbers show oil and gas operations were responsible for more than [...]

Been, Ortman paint for Land Trust fundraiser

The Salida artists are partnering for a show benefiting the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas on Sat., Dec. 14, 6 to 9 p.m., at the Palace Hotel. One hundred miniature paintings from every season will be offered for $100, with 30 percent of proceeds going to the Land Trust. Larger paintings can be purchased through a silent auction. “We’re bringing in potential collectors, seeing the valley through our vision,” Been said.

LTUA speaker considers economy of land health

Imagine for a moment Western states with natural systems sustaining abundant, diverse wildlife and highly functioning watersheds. Verdant, vigorous grasses carpet rangelands in just the right amount. Erosion is diminished and springs once dry now flow toward full, shimmering streams. As an added bonus, landowners make good money. Welcome to the New Ranch, where land is managed according to nature’s model of restoring health. It’s a place open to collaboration and new ideas on how to reverse ecosystem decline. And Courtney White has been involved from the early days. White will speak at the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas fundraiser on Thurs., Dec. 5, at the Salida SteamPlant.

High School Students Invited to 4-day Youth Stewardship Summit

High school students from around the state are invited to participate in a 4-day Youth Stewardship Summit at the Pickle Gulch Campground near Black Hawk, August 1-4. Transportation will be provided from meeting places including Salida. The outdoor Summit is hosted by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), a statewide nonprofit that engages thousands of youth each year in outdoor volunteerism and leadership.

VOC and USFS offer thanks

Nearly 70 volunteers and representatives from 15 partner groups attended the event and were recognized for their contributions volunteering on public lands.

Land Trust offers wetlands program

The Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas is conducting the following program for the general public:

Wetlands Program and Field Trip
Program – May 14, 2013, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Salida Community Center
Field Trip – May 18, 2013, 8:30 am to 11:30 am, location close to Salida, details given the night of the program. 


Join us for an exploration of wetlands. What are wetlands? Why are they so important? Why should we care? And, what types of wetlands are found in [...]