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2011 Report Card

The 2011 Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Card

This year's Report Card is focused on the Eastern Plains, Infrastructure and Recreation. These separate but interrelated topics are all important aspects to the Rockies region. By better understanding these areas we can aim to improve upon them and the Rockies as a whole.

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. Enjoy!


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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, Project Director, State of the Rockies Project
Russell H. Clarke, Program Coordinator, State of the Rockies Project
Matthew C. Gottfried, Technical Liason, State of the Rockies Project

Overview Section: The Rockies: A Region Continually Defined and Redefined by Resources and Environment
Walter E. Hecox, Project Director, State of the Rockies Project

Overview Section: The Eastern Plains: Decline and Potential Rejuvenation
Case Study: Fowler, Colorado
Case Study: Phillips County, Montana
Case Study: Powder River Basin, Wyoming
Case Study: Judith Gap, Montana
Brendan Boepple, State of the Rockies Project
Rebecca Spira, State of the Rockies Project

Overview Section: Infrastructure: Essential Services in Need of Attention
Case Study: Silverton's Last Mile
Case Study: The Hi-Line: Vital Artery or Bleeding Vein
Case Study: I-70: The Interstate through the Rockies
Jeremiah Cox, State of the Rockies Project
Anna Johnson, State of the Rockies Project

Overview Section: Recreation: Nature Based Recreation in the Rockies: The New Value of the Region's Resources
Case Study:Where to Draw the Boundaries? A Look at Skiing and Public Lands
Case Study: The History of Railroads and National Parks
Case Study: Recreation and Legal Standing
Case Study: Pay to Play
Case Study: The Health of Recreation
Case Study: The Rafting and Property Conflict
Case Study: Denver Parks and Recreation
Emil Dimantchev, State of the Rockies Project
Zoe Osterman, State of the Rockies Project

Methods, Additional Acknowledgements, and Contributors