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The environment desk at Aspen Public Radio covers issues in the Roaring Fork Valley and throughout the state of Colorado including water use and quality, impact of recreation, population growth and oil and gas development. APR’s Environment Reporter is Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Colorado businesses support national monuments

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service

Businesses across Colorado have penned their support of public lands in a letter to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.

Monday was the last day to comment on the U.S. Department of the Interior’s review of 27 national monuments.

A range of Roaring Fork Valley businesses, including outfitters, a bank and a liquor store, signed on, saying Colorado’s Canyons of the Ancients and Utah’s Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante were of particular concern.

Last month, Zinke recommended shrinking Bears Ears, a national monument that President Obama designated under the Antiquities Act. The letter from Colorado businesses asks Zinke to reconsider.

A final decision is expected in August.


Aspen native Elizabeth Stewart-Severy is excited to be making a return to both the Red Brick, where she attended kindergarten, and the field of journalism. She has spent her entire life playing in the mountains and rivers around Aspen, and is thrilled to be reporting about all things environmental in this special place. She attended the University of Colorado with a Boettcher Scholarship, and graduated as the top student from the School of Journalism in 2006. Her lifelong love of hockey lead to a stint working for the Colorado Avalanche, and she still plays in local leagues and coaches the Aspen Junior Hockey U-19 girls.
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