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Public Lands Advocates Decry Monument Reductions

Will Roush of Wilderness Workshop joins Bill Kight to speak about President Trump's reduction of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Read Full Article >>

Public Lands Advocates Decry Monument Reductions 2018-04-18T16:56:10+00:00

Water rights: Why does the City of Aspen want to buy land in Woody Creek?

The City of Aspen has plans to buy land in Woody Creek that could one day become a reservoir, and officials hope to fill that reservoir using water rights the city has owned on Castle and Maroon creeks since 1971. But major questions remain about if this is possible — or necessary. Even in a dry November, creeks and streams cascade toward Aspen from all sides. The Roaring Fork River snakes through town, after picking up water from the valleys and gulches up Independence Pass. Closer to town, there’s Hunter Creek, the iconic Castle and Maroon creeks and eventually Woody Creek [...]

Water rights: Why does the City of Aspen want to buy land in Woody Creek? 2018-04-15T21:28:27+00:00

Mountain biking bill to go before Congressional subcommittee

A bill that, if passed, would allow access for mountain bikes into legally designated wilderness areas will be heard by the House Federal Lands Subcommittee Thursday morning in Washington, D.C. House Bill 1349 is the latest attempt spearheaded by a California-based group called the Sustainable Trails Coalition (STC) to get Congress to amend the 1964 Wilderness Act, which prohibits any form of mechanized transportation in the country’s 756 legally designated Wilderness Areas. Similar bills have been introduced over the course of the past few years, and, not surprisingly, wilderness advocates are opposed to the measure. The bill is the brainchild of [...]

Mountain biking bill to go before Congressional subcommittee 2018-04-15T18:13:14+00:00

Wilderness Workshop’s trail efforts incense Pitkin County officials

Wilderness Workshop is trying to stop the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail by spreading propaganda and misinformation, a majority of Pitkin County commissioners said recently. "They have started to portray their partners as their enemies, is part of what I'm feeling," Commissioner Rachel Richards said. "And they are fundraising off of saying 'Pitkin County's a bad group. Pitkin County doesn't care about the environment.' "You heard a number of their members say, 'We're not going to support renewal of the Open Space and Trails fund. We're anti-trail now. We don't want the county building more trails.'" The executive director of Wilderness [...]

Wilderness Workshop’s trail efforts incense Pitkin County officials 2018-04-17T17:43:48+00:00

Wilderness Workshop’s trail efforts incense Pitkin County officials

Wilderness Workshop is trying to stop the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail by spreading propaganda and misinformation, a majority of Pitkin County commissioners said recently. "They have started to portray their partners as their enemies, is part of what I'm feeling," said Commissioner Rachel Richards. "And they are fundraising off of saying 'Pitkin County's a bad group. Pitkin County doesn't care about the environment.' "You heard a number of their members say, 'We're not going to support renewal of the Open Space and Trails fund. We're anti-trail now. We don't want the county building more trails.'" The executive director of Wilderness [...]

Wilderness Workshop’s trail efforts incense Pitkin County officials 2018-04-18T17:15:10+00:00

Aspen-area residents urged to weigh in on battle over Utah monuments

A Carbondale-based conservation group is urging Roaring Fork Valley residents to get involved in the battle likely to be triggered next week when President Trump shrinks two national monuments in Utah. Wilderness Workshop is co-hosting "A Monumental Evening" that executive director Sloan Shoemaker said is designed to educate people about the issues, inspire them to take action and empower them to get involved. Both national monuments in southeastern Utah are popular with Roaring Fork Valley desert rats and a day's drive from Aspen. Both areas are famous for slot canyons, Anasazi ruins and rock art, spectacular scenery and hikes through varied [...]

Aspen-area residents urged to weigh in on battle over Utah monuments 2018-04-17T17:45:50+00:00

Camping limits plan cleared at Conundrum Hot Springs, other wilderness near Aspen

The White River National Forest will start implementing a system to limit backpackers in heavily visited hot spots of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness after the final hurdles were cleared, officials announced Wednesday. The regional office of the U.S. Forest Service ruled Tuesday on two citizen objections to the proposed Wilderness Overnight Use Management Plan. Minor clarifications were required on three points that addressed how backpackers would be limited and at what numbers. With those clarifications, the regional office gave its blessing to implement the plan. Officials in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District said the limits are needed to protect the ecosystem at [...]

Camping limits plan cleared at Conundrum Hot Springs, other wilderness near Aspen 2018-04-17T17:48:00+00:00

Camping limits plan cleared at Conundrum Hot Springs, other wilderness near Aspen

The White River National Forest will start implementing a system to limit backpackers in heavily visited hot spots of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness after the final hurdles were cleared, officials announced Wednesday. The regional office of the U.S. Forest Service ruled Tuesday on two citizen objections to the proposed Wilderness Overnight Use Management Plan. Minor clarifications were required on three points that addressed how backpackers would be limited and at what numbers. With those clarifications, the regional office gave its blessing to implement the plan. Officials in the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District said the limits are needed to protect the ecosystem at [...]

Camping limits plan cleared at Conundrum Hot Springs, other wilderness near Aspen 2018-04-18T17:19:42+00:00

The Reporter Two-Way: Oil and gas lease sales

Several environmental watchdog groups, including Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, are formally protesting the sale of oil and gas leases on public lands in northwest Colorado. Read Full Article >>

The Reporter Two-Way: Oil and gas lease sales 2018-04-15T21:30:33+00:00

Where Wilderness Workshop stands

A letter to the editor appearing in the Sopris Sun newspaper last week accused the Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop of a slate of improprieties, including a blatant conflict of interest, regarding a controversial land trade completed last spring. The executive director of Wilderness Workshop, as well as the president of the group’s board of directors and a long-time board member, all contend the letter and the points it makes are bunk. The trade, between the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Leslie and Abigail Wexner — Ohio-based billionaire owners of L Brands, the parent company of Victoria’s Secret and Bath and [...]

Where Wilderness Workshop stands 2018-04-15T18:16:51+00:00