Earth Briefs

Nature Center to hold open house Saturday

The Durango Nature Studies Learning Center will host an open house and dedication from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the center located in Bondad.

Free food and drinks will be provided by Simply Sustainable Catering. Participants will be able to take the new self-guided interpretive trail and junior naturalist badge program.

For more information and directions, visit www.durangonaturestudies.org.

BLM studying CO2 wells in Montezuma County

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s Tres Rios Field Office is considering Kinder Morgan’s proposal for the construction and production of three carbon dioxide wells in Montezuma County.

The wells and flowlines are on private surface with federal minerals, while pipelines are on private surface land and the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. After the public scoping period, an Environmental Assessment will be developed to determine the possible resource impacts.

Comments must be submitted by June 4 to the Bureau of Land Management, Tracy Perfors, Natural Resource Specialist, 29211 Colorado Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323, emailed to tperfors@blm.gov or faxed to 882-6841.

For more information, email tperfors@blm.gov or call 882-6856.

Native Plant Society will host spring hike

The Native Plant Society will host a hike to view spring wildflowers in Trail Canyon in McElmo Canyon on Tuesday.

David Temple will lead the hike. Participants will search for spring flowers, and Temple will walk participants through his tree and shrub nursery.

For more information and reservations, call Al Schneider at 882-4647 or email SanJuanFourCornersNPS@sisna.com. For more information, visit www.swcoloradowildflowers.com/SanJuanFourCornersNativePlantSociety.htm.

Local Brands co-op receives $19.5K grant

Local Brands Farm and Ranch Market Co-op Inc., a co-op of small and emerging businesses specializing in natural and organic meat products in Southwestern Colorado, has received a $19,500 grant from USDA Rural Development.

The Rural Business Enterprise Grant was provided to the entity via the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union to help the co-op bring their products to market, continue to keep their land in farming and ranching, and help sustain a locally based lifestyle and culture. The co-op currently is made up of 10 local producers and serves four commercial accounts, three farmers markets, and 176 private buyers.

Herald Staff