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Annual Report

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The 2009 Colorado College State of the Rockies Report Card


Colorado College State of the Rockies Project


This year’s Report Card content is largely focused upon wildlife, one of the key natural treasures of the Rockies and a distinguishing aspect to the wildness and beauty we cherish. A related section evaluates the Wild and Scenic River system in the Rockies and how this federal act has protected certain reaches in the West compared to other federal designations and unprotected streams. A key variable for the Rockies’ future is a growing population affecting our natural resources, and in this Report Card we consider the concentration of population growth within large metropolitan areas, a demographic trend known as a “megapolitan” region. Rockies Snapshots look at preservation of the Rockies’ historic past, crime and incarceration, and the degree of cooperation Rockies federal politicians devote to supporting our region’s issues and concerns. As in previous Report Cards, we continue our “at a glance” Rockies Baseline: Vital Signs for a Region in Transition.


Nature conservation; Rocky Mountains; West (U.S.)


Environmental Indicators and Impact Assessment | Environmental Sciences | Natural Resources and Conservation | Sustainability