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2009 Report Card

The 2009 Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Card

Speaking to a long-standing tradition of the Rockies Report Cards "grading" the region on a variety of attributes, this year we briefly look at three areas: crime and incarceration in the Rockies, historic preservation in the Rockies, and an evaluation of regional representation by elected officials.

The Report Card also tackles issues of wildlife in the Rockies, dedicating three sections to the topic: "Wildlife: Range and Condition," "Wildlife Management," and "Impacts of Energy Development on Wildlife." Tangentially, the Report Card keeps eyes on water issues and population changes with the sections: "Wild and Scenic Rivers" and "Repopulating the Rockies."

The Rockies Project aims to inspire Report Card readers and Rockies events attendees to creatively contemplate, discuss, and engage in shaping the future of our beloved, beautiful, and fragile region-the Rocky Mountain West.


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Table of Contents

An Introduction from the President - The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: Research, Report, Engage!
Richard F. Celeste, president, Colorado College

Colorado College, The Rocky Mountain West, and The State of the Rockies Project
Walter E. Hecox, project director, State of the Rockies

Editors’ Preface
Walter E. Hecox, Editor, State of the Rockies Project
Elizabeth Kolbe, Program Coordinator, State of the Rockies Project

Executive Summary
Walter E. Hecox, Editor, State of the Rockies Project
Matthew K. Reuer, Technical Director, State of the Rockies Project
Elizabeth Kolbe, Program Coordinator, State of the Rockies Project

Rockies Baseline: Vital Signs for a Region in Transition
Elizabeth Kolbe, Program Coordinator, State of the Rockies Project
David Carlson, Student Researcher, State of the Rockies Project

Rockies Snapshot: Federal Representation
Chris Jackson, Rockies Contributor

Rockies Snapshot: Historic Preservation
Chris Jackson, Rockies Contributor
John MacKinnon, Rockies Contributor

Rockies Snapshot: Incarceration and Crime
John MacKinnon, Rockies Contributor
Chris Jackson, Rockies Contributor

Repopulating the Rockies: Highlighting the Megapolitans and Rural Economic Clusters of the Region
Porter Friedman, State of the Rockies

Wild and Scenic Rivers: The Importance of Federal River Protection in the Rockies
Sarah Turner, State of the Rockies

Faculty Overview: United States Laws and Policies Protecting Wildlife
Phillip M. Kannan, Distinguished Lecturer and Legal Scholar-in-Residence, Colorado College

Wildlife Range and Condition: The Historic and Current State of Wildlife in the Rockies
Julia Head, State of the Rockies

Impacts of Energy Development on Wildlife: Highlighting the Unique Resources of the Region
Alex Weiss, State of the Rockies

Wildlife Management: Facilitating Safe and Sustainable Wildlife Populations in the Rockies
Scott Wozencraft, State of the Rockies

Methods, Additional Acknowledgements, and Contributors