National grasslands in Colorado: Coloradans’ colors and geography guide
COLORADO — Colorado’s national grasslands — where blue grass and purple cacti bloom — were a part of the region’s history and are among the most spectacular natural landscapes in the state, but they have undergone dramatic change.
The area is in a state of flux.
The state’s new Republican governor, Matt Mead, wants to strip federal money from the state’s National Grasslands Program, which helps preserve and restore grasslands.
The federal government has invested in the program since 1996.
The U.S. Forest Service has also recently taken a hands-off approach to the national program.
It has been reviewing the program’s future, but has not said when it might do so.
The grasslands that were once national treasures are now in the hands of the private sector, including an influx of tourism.
The National Park Service has closed a handful of national grassland sites, while others have been closed in recent years.
Colorado has the largest national grassgrass network in the country, with more than 5 million acres of grasslands under management, according to the National Grassland Foundation.
It is also home to the most national bird species, including bald eagles, white-tailed deer, sage grouse, red-tailed hawks and wigeon.
But the National Park service, which manages the nation’s 1.3 million national grasses, has been cutting back on the number of protected sites.
In 2017, it closed 1,715 sites, according in a statement.
The number of national parks in the United States has fallen to 642,904, from 746,964 in 1990, according the National Parks Conservation Association.
And while the state is losing some of its natural treasures, Colorado is growing.
In 2019, the state gained more than 1.4 million people, the most since 2000, according a state report.
The National Park and National Forests Association, a trade group for the state parks and forests, estimates that Colorado is losing about 8,500 acres of national forests each year.
That’s a slight increase from 8,100 acres in the 1990s.
The loss of land is being driven by development in the area.
The city of Boulder, where the National Forest is located, is home to more than 30,000 people.
Many are attracted by the scenery, but there are also concerns that development has encroached on natural areas and damaged wildlife habitat.