Public Lands in Peril: An evening discussion with Wilderness Workshop Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Time: 6-8 p.m. Who: Free and open to the public Where: Brush Creek Pavilion, Eagle. 909 Capitol St, Eagle, CO 81631 Join Wilderness Workshop for a look at public lands issues in the Eagle and Vail Valleys. WW’s “turf” is the entire White River National Forest and adjacent public lands – and we engage on many issues across the breadth of this broad landscape. We are pleased to announce our first public open house in Eagle, where we’ll discuss important public lands issues in the Eagle [...]
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Felicity Huffman grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley. She graduated from NYU and is a founding member of the acclaimed Atlantic Theater Company in New York City. Her acting credits include Broadway, off Broadway, television and film. She has earned an Academy Award nomination, Golden Globe and Emmy awards. Her company, Velocity, produces both television and theater. In 2015, Huffman and her husband, William H Macy, took over the Huffman family home in Woody Creek. Read Full Article >>
GRAND JUNCTION – On Friday, June 1, the House Committee on Natural Resources convened a Field Hearing in Grand Junction, "Examining Natural Gas and Oil Shale Opportunities in Western Colorado." Reps. Scott Tipton of CO's 3rd District and Rep. Rob Bishop of Utah hosted the hearing. The purpose of the hearing was “to examine opportunities for the export of natural gas from the Piceance Basin through the proposed Jordan Cove Energy and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline and to evaluate the potential for development of domestic oil shale resources in the area.” “The hearing was a dog and pony show intended to [...]
Conservation group Wilderness Workshop will host a variety of events throughout the summer, including its recurring hike and restoration series. June 27, 6 p.m.: Wild Feast is a fundraiser featuring cocktails hors d'ouevres and music before a three-course dinner, held at Aspen's Caribou Club. Guest speakers will be Sharon Buccino, director of the Land & Wildlife Program at the National Resource Defense Council and Nada Culver, senior counsel and director of the BLM Action Center at the Wilderness Society. Tickets are $500, or $5,000-$10,000 for a table. Read Full Article >>
Sloan Shoemaker was executive director of Wilderness Workshop for less than two weeks in May 2003 when he dropped a bombshell on Aspen Skiing Co. and Aspen Highlands base area developer Gerald Hines. Shoemaker claimed in a letter to the U.S. Forest Service that a proposed Skico gondola connecting Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk was just a ploy to boost the value of Hines' property. While the goal was understandable, public lands shouldn't be part of the scheme, Shoemaker wrote to officials at the Aspen Ranger District. The gondola was never built, but the brief confrontation established there was a clear, unwavering [...]
Wilderness Workshop launches Defiende Nuestra Tierra program in effort to engage local Latino communities
Wilderness Workshop has announced the start of a new program called Defiende Nuestra Tierra. Spanish for Defend Our Land, the outreach will serve as an outlet for the Roaring Fork Valley and Colorado River Latino communities to voice their opinions regarding issues concerning public lands. To welcome the new Defiende program, Wilderness Workshop will host The Latinos For Public Lands Community Party Saturday from 1-3 p.m. in Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs. The free event will include barbecue, corn hole, volleyball, basketball and live music from Sleepy Justice, as well as brief comments about current threats to public lands and what [...]
Aspen City Council on Tuesday approved agreements with five entities that took the municipal government to court in an attempt to block its plans to build dams on Castle and Maroon creeks. The approved agreements stipulate that the city will not build reservoirs in those pristine wilderness areas, and will move its conditional water rights to a yet-to-be determined location. Read Full Article >>
Linkins Lake Trail Sat. July 21 Help us reconfigure braided, wet and rutted sections of the spectacular Linkin Lakes trail with incredible views of the upper Roaring Fork Valley. This is one of the most popular trails on Independence Pass. It’s steep but short, making it suitable for families. Work up a sweat and jump in an alpine lake to cool off at the end of the day! Click here to register.
Hay Park Fri.-Sun., Aug. 17-19 Join us for two days of trail and restoration work in the Hay Park area and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The Hay Park Trail needs some repair work and there are some sections of trail that go into the wilderness that needs to be restored and decommissioned. We’ll provide all the food and trail gear. Click here to register.
Crooked Creek Pass Fri.-Sun., Sept. 7-9 Crooked Creek Pass – Back by popular demand! The Forest Service has removed a series of dams to restore a former high elevation wetland; our crew will car camp (optional) and re-vegetate the area with willows and other native species. This is the third year of this important and well-liked project. Click here to register.