August 3, 2012
Jim Wurz, foreground, a faculty member at Colorado State University, leads a discussion Wednesday about how the Bureau of Land Management manages multiple use lands in the United States. His group of public land managers from Africa and Latin America were taken to a private ranch near Cross Mountain as part of a tour with Little Snake Field Office employees.
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In 1990, the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University launched a month-long course to address a lack of experience among public land managers in Latin America. Each year, students enrolled in the program spend a day touring public lands in Moffat County managed by the Bureau of Land Management’s Little Snake Field Office. It’s an annual tradition that not only wows first-time foreign visitors, but also has become one of the highlights for CSU faculty members. “Visiting Moffat County is great for us because there’s such a variety of (land management) issues and opportunities situated a relatively short distance apart,” said Jim Wurz, a CSU faculty member and one of the directors of the Spanish-taught course. “I’ve always liked Moffat County because it’s a landscape that lets you rest your eyes.