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Colorado Edition: Increasing Latinx Participation In The Outdoors; Beavers Protecting Wetlands

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An early morning photo of BLM-managed ACEC Blanca Wetlands, a network of lakes, ponds, marshes and wet meadows designated for its recreation and wetland values.

While last year’s Cameron Peak wildfire left hundred of acres across the Front Range with nothing more than ashy soil and charred trees, some areas were largely protected, thanks to the work of some unlikely animals. KUNC’s Alex Hager tells us how beavers helped to spare a critical wetland.

But even when outdoor spaces are protected, it doesn’t mean they are accessible to everyone. We talk to education and outreach coordinator with the City of Boulder Open Space & Mountain Parks, Juanita Echeverri; resident ranger at Betasso Preserve, Juan Ocampo; and executive director of Cal-wood Education Center, Rafeal Salgado, about efforts to increase opportunities for Hispanic and Latinx people in Colorado’s public lands.

This episode of Colorado Edition was hosted by Henry Zimmerman. Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny), Alana Schreiber (@ayyschreib) and Rae Solomon (@raedear1). KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer.

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts. You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Thursday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m. 

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you! Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.