Grassroots support helps fund independent environmental reporting
Independent journalism isn’t free. Support Colorado Environmental Reporting!
By Bob Berwyn
I’m posting a HUGE round of thanks to readers from all over Colorado and the West for responding to our fundraising call the last two weeks. Thanks to supporters like Linda Johnson, Tad Foster, Catherine Shafroth, Peter Hall and others, we’ll be able to report more in-depth environmental stories. We’ll soon update our permanent sponsor page with the names of our new supporters and at the same time thank past sponsors like the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the Colorado River Water Conservation District and Innovative Energy.
Summit Voice leads the way on coverage of issues like the U.S. Forest Service ‘pay-to-play’ recreation fee program. And there aren’t many other sources offering sustained coverage of Colorado and Rocky Mountain wildlife and endangered species issues, including the ongoing recovery of lynx in Colorado, and efforts to bring back wolverine.
We need your support to keep documenting the environmental stories of the Rocky Mountains. We welcome any size donation and would really appreciate you spreading the word via email and virtual social circles.
Your support also enables me to broaden the environmental coverage by publishing intelligent journalism in other independent publications. Today (June 15), for example, I was able to provide the very first glimpse at Denver’s new climate adaptation plan, set to be published this week. Last week I wrote about a Boulder-based climate researcher who saw first-hand the effects of Colorado’s Sept. 2013 floods.
Reader and contributor Linda Johnson asked about a crowdfunded study on winter ozone formation and that story is in the works. Meanwhile, we’re happy to report that the team did reach its $12,000 fundraising goal, which means more good science to help guide policies on energy development.
And supporter Peter Hall suggested some educational stories about Colorado’s “split estate,” a quirky mineral law that does nothing but heighten the tension between property owners and fossil fuel companies. Peter was kind enough to even suggest a few specific sources, so we should be able to report a story or two in the next few weeks.
Thanks again for all your support!