The Piñon Canyon Mess

The Army’s planned land grab in southeast Colorado has dragged on for four years. In spite of a funding ban, the US Army continues their aggressive maneuvering to take land from centennial ranchers, threatening Western heritage and the ecology of sensitive shortgrass prairie. For those not familiar with the story, this link has some great background information.

Jean Aguerre of Not One More Acre, a rancher’s opposition group, sent this update about the plan to use Eminent Domain to take over an enormous swath of shortgrass prairie for war training: Continue reading “The Piñon Canyon Mess”

Dave’s New Conservation Blog!

Howdy! And welcome to my new weblog. This blogging business is all new to me and I hope to get the hang of it pretty soon. Right now it feels a bit like shouting into the dark.

I’m a Westerner and Western conservation photographer; so it makes sense to have a place to display images and talk about conservation in the American West. I’ll be blogging about my Sage Spirit project and work on the shortgrass prairie. In the continuum of conservation, we’ll probably have plenty to discuss to keep us busy for awhile. I’ll introduce places that many folks have never heard of, but are just as important as a National Park. I think I have a unique perspective of viewing the West through my lens, working with conservation leaders, and staying on top of conservation issues. I’ll be posting pretty pictures and some that aren’t so easy to look at – and hope to capture some funny stuff along the way as well. I’ll also post images when Marla and I take a big trip, sharing our sense of wonder and joy of discovery. It’s a work in progress and thanks for joining me on this journey.

Many thanks to Jack Brauer for making this weblog a reality!

The annual aspen fall color spectacle is winding down in the mountains and this image is one of my favorites from this season. The image is from Ohio Pass, west of Gunnison.