Earth Briefs

Conservancy showing ‘Farmer John’ film today

La Plata Open Space Conservancy will show the documentary of “The Real Dirt on Farmer John” at 6 p.m. today in Room 140 of Jones Hall at Fort Lewis College.

The film is about an unconventional farmer who transforms his farm into a revolutionary new form of agriculture. A panel discussion will follow.

Prescribed burns to take place in spring

The Pagosa Ranger District is planning two prescribed burns on National Forest lands:

The Chimney Rock prescribed burn will be 17 miles southwest of Pagosa Springs on the south side of Chimney Rock National Monument. Smoke will be visible from U.S. Highway 160, Colorado Highway 151, Arboles, and Aspen Springs and Elk Park subdivisions.

The Brockover prescribed burn will be in the Turkey Springs area, 10 miles northwest of Pagosa Springs between the Turkey Springs Road and the Newt-Jack Road. Smoke will be visible from U.S. Highway 160, Piedra Road, Pagosa Lakes, most of Archuleta County, and southern Hinsdale County near the Sportsman’s Store community.

Burns could take place the end of March into April.

For more information, visit the Pagosa Ranger District at 180 Pagosa St. or call 264-2268.

Chimney Rock group receives recognition

The Chimney Rock Interpretive Association has been recognized nationally by the U.S. Forest Service for its unique partnership with the San Juan National Forest.

The nonprofit organization has 80 volunteers, who are trained annually. Its interpretive programs are coordinated with those at other regional cultural sites, including Mesa Verde National Park, Crow Canyon Archaeological Center and Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. The association hosts monthly and annual special programs to promote understanding of the ancestral Puebloans who lived at Chimney Rock, provides free tours to local students and sponsors academic research and conferences.

For more information, visit

Aztec Ruins to offer East Ruin tours

Aztec Ruins National Monument is taking reservations for its monthly East Ruin tours.

The tours are limited to 15 and will be held at 3 p.m. on the first Sunday of each month. The dates will be April 7, May 5, June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1 and Oct. 6. East Ruin is a large, unexcavated great house within the monument. The tour will last about an hour and is recommended for adults and older children.

For reservations, call (505) 334-6174.

Nature Studies announces events

Durango Nature Studies will host these events:

A full-moon hike under the Worm Moon is 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Falls Creek. The hike is free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Spring volunteer naturalist training for the Children Discovering Nature Program will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Durango Community Recreation Center Eolus Room, 2700 Main Ave., and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 29 and 30 at the Nature Center. People will become qualified volunteer naturalists, ready to lead science-based hikes for children in kindergarten through sixth grades on topics such as plants, animals, insects and water.

To register, call 769-1800, email or visit

Herald Staff