Dude ranch looks to expand its scientific efforts

A western Garfield County, Colorado guest ranch that sits in the middle of the region's gas patch is looking to expand its growing focus on scientific research aimed at protecting the area's natural environment. The proposed Cottonwoods/High Lonesome Institute project received a comprehensive plan amendment approval and sketch plan review by the Garfield County Planning Commission earlier this month. The High Lonesome Ranch already has a five-person science and conservation education staff, including FES forestry professor Hal Salwasser and FES post-doc Cristina Eisenberg.