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Water Rights in Colorado
Legislators want to tackle water speculation after two companies buying up water rights in Grand Valley and the San Luis Valley sparked fears. Driving forces include continuing drought in the region, as well as the Colorado River, serving 40 million people in seven Western states and Mexico, delivering 20% less water downstream than just two decades ago.
Coming on the heels of the wolf reintroduction in Colorado, the deaths of some livestock and livestock guard animals that followed, and the emergency regulations enacted by the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission for hazing gray wolves just last week, the Western Landowners Alliance has some guides for landowners on this polarizing issue. Be sure to check out Reducing Conflict with Grizzly Bears, Wolves, and Elk and Working across the rural-urban divide: Messaging for large carnivore conflict reduction for advice on how to deal with and talk about this important issue.
Wildlifes in the West
Most don’t realize that the current increase of fire size and intensity over time has been predicted for decades by scientists, and climate change isn’t the sole reason. After a century of immediately fighting forest fires instead of allowing them to burn off fuel, this practice has created an accumulating quantity of flammable biomass during a time when the forests are home to an ever-increasing amount of people.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, beef has risen in price by 14.5% this past year, and according to Western slope ranchers, “the price of beef has doubled in the last 20 years, but the increase in what the rancher is getting has only gone up about 30% in that same period of time.” So who is seeing these incredible profit increases?