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Nicole Frey

The Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project has joined the Gore Range Natural Science School and the Denver Zoo to present Citizen Science, a volunteer wildlife-monitoring project on Vail Pass. From June until it snows, volunteers are needed to track the movement of animals around and across Interstate 70 at wildlife tracking stations. The data gathered will be used to help determine the location of a proposed wildlife overpass. Volunteers will be asked to attend a day-long training workshop and commit at least eight to 10 hours every month. To apply or for more information, go to http://www.restoretherockies.org/citizen_science.html.

That National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently released its Annual Greenhouse Gas Index, which measures the gases in the atmosphere – including carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and chlorofluorocarbons – that affect the planet’s climate. The index showed an increase in carbon dioxide and nitrous oxide, but a leveling off of methane and decline of two other chlorofluorocarbons. To read a summary of the index, go to http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2006/s2621.htm. To read the entire index, go to http://www.cmdl.noaa.gov/aggi/.

The Summit County Mountain Pine Beetle Task Force is considering a project to use beetle-killed trees to produce “high value” wood products to help finance local wildfire mitigation, tree removal and reforestation efforts. But Don Sather of Big Horn Building Supply said a market for the products doesn’t exist in Colorado yet. The task force, made up of government officials, home owners and environmentalists, meets at 7:30 a.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Best Western in Frisco. For more information, visit http://www.summitpinebeetle.org.

There will be a seminar on commissioning for new construction projects from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 8 at the Tri-State Generation and Transmission Facility, 1100 West 116th Ave. in Westminster. The event is sponsored by the Governor’s Office of Energy Management and Conservation. There is no cost and food and drinks will be served. For more information or to reserve a spot, RSVP to Judie Porter at jporter@archenergy.com or (303) 444-4149.

The American Solar Energy Society Solar 2006 Conference: Renewable Energy: Key to Climate Recovery will be on July 8 through 13 at the Adam’s Mark Hotel in Denver. The conference will feature the country’s largest annual gathering of sustainable energy professionals, including Dan Arvizu, director of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Dennis Dimick, senior editor of environment and technology for “National Geographic,” magazine and James Hansen, a climate change scientist with NASA. For more information, contact Phil von Kake at (303)762-8547 or visit http://www.solar2006.org.

The Community Office for Resource Efficiency in Carbondale is working to start a ‘relocalization’ network to prepare the region for climate change and escalating oil prices.Operating under the assumption that oil production has peaked and will decline in the future, the group wants to create energy independence, including reducing the use of fossil fuels, limiting large-scale development and forming a closer community with its own food production and economics. The group will present co-founder of the first “relocalized” community Brian Weller from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 9, at Roaring Fork High School, 180 Snowmass Drive, Carbondale, who will speak about the community and hold workshops June 10 and 11. A $5 donation is requested but not required. For more information, call (970) 963-5657.

Xcel Energy has signed an agreement with the National Renewable Energy Laboratories in Golden to research the conversion of wind to hydrogen energy. The hydrogen will be produced through electrolysis – the process of using electricity of spilling water into hydrogen and oxygen. The agreement supports the President’s Hydrogen Fuel Initiative, which proposes developing hydrogen to make it practical and cost-effective for people who choose hydrogen cars by 2020. Xcel plans to invest more than $1.25 million into the project, while the laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy will invest about $750,000. For more information, visit http://www.nrel.gov. Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 748-2927 or nfrey@vaildaily.com. Vail, Colorado

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