Norwood students participate in High School Internship in Science and Engineering

Through a generous grant from the Telluride Foundation, two local youth from Norwood High School participated in a six-week forestry internship program this past summer. The students learned about forest restoration, wildlife biology and future career opportunities in the living classroom of the Uncompahgre Plateau. The youth spent time in the field with a variety of Forest Service professionals and participated in several hands-on projects including:

·      Recreation crew: helping clean up the Lone Cone Cabin, fence building, walking trails and talking with forest users

·      Fire Crew: clearing fire line and taking fuels samples

·      Timber Crew: learning to use a prism to count trees, measure tree diameter and height

·      Wildlife Crew: fish stocking, birding, setting up wildlife cameras, and Aberts squirrel surveys.

This internship serves as a nation-wide model in educating and engaging high school students at a truly meaningful level.

Thanks to interns Jessica Barkemeyer and Treayuan Mattan-Rankins for their hard work, mentor Michelle Barkemeyer for supervising the program, and to the Telluride Foundation for funding that made this internship possible!


Meteorologist Bob Grossman prepares connection to soil temperature and moisture instruments.

Meteorologist Bob Grossman prepares connection to soil temperature and moisture instruments.

Thanks to a team of agency staff and citizen volunteers, there's now a new weather station in Gunnison sage-grouse habitat. The team installed the station in Dry Creek Basin, south of Naturita, Colorado. To see the local weather conditions click here. Click here for the Weather Underground station which shows radar. Note: on WU, they're using our soil temperature info and listing it as the air temperature. We're working with WU to get this fixed.

The data it provides will help land and wildlife managers:

  • See how grouse populations fluctuate compared to local weather conditions over time.
  • Make correlations between the success of habitat improvement projects and weather.
  • See how the local climate changes and how that affects habitat for grouse and other wildlife.

A big "Thank you!" to meteorologist Bob Grossman for his advice and help in setting up the station and making the data accessible. I also appreciated the help of Evan Phillips, Murphy Jacox, Creighton Wood and Dave Schneck in setting up the station. Finally, thanks to Onset, makers of the HOBO data logger, for donating some equipment to the San Miguel Basin Gunnison Sage-grouse Working Group! - Leigh Robertson

"In my mind weather stations are one of the best monitoring investments that can be made. Like a good wine, the older it gets the more valuable the data it's collecting becomes." - Doug Ouren, U.S. Geological Survey

Thanks to our Supporters!

We'd like to say a big "Thank You!" to everyone who's donated or provided grants to the WCLC, including the:

  • Telluride Foundation for funding the Norwood Forestry Internship Program.
  • Gates Family Foundation for generously supporting our Native Plant, Weed, and Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Programs.
  • Colorado Water Board for helping fund the removal of Russian Olive, an invasive species, along the Gunnison River within National Conservation Areas.
  • Colorado Department of Agriculture and Uncompahgre Habitat Partnership Program for funds to control noxious weeds on the Uncompahgre Plateau.
  • National Environmental Education Foundation for money to help fund the development of our new website.
  • The generous individuals who've contributed to our various working groups. Thank you!