Last year, the Trump administration reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. Now, the federal government is taking public comment on a draft management plan for the monument, and Thursday is the last day for feedback. To learn more about the implications of the proposed change, Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with former press officer for the White River National Forest Bill Kight. Kight recently retired from nearly 40 years in land management and has also worked as an archaeologist. Listen Here >>
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Written by Beatriz Soto, Latino Outreach Coordinator This year, Wilderness Workshop launched a new outreach program, Defiende Nuestra Tierra (“Defiende” for short). Through this program, we have joined a collective effort to create an organization and an environmental movement that is diverse, inclusive and always looking towards the future. Defiende has had significant success in its outreach efforts towards community integration and union, always with its driving focus on public lands awareness and education. Both the Forest Service and the BLM have collaborated with us on bilingual hikes specifically focused on the Latino/a population. Other nonprofit organizations, valley businesses and local [...]
For over 80 years, indigenous people, connected for untold generations to a most unusual and enchanting portion of southwest Utah's landscape, urged the United States government to protect their homeland. None of those people who started that effort walk upon the Earth with us today, but hopefully, their labor of love wasn't in vain. That homeland, Bears Ears National Monument, was established by President Barack Obama in December 2016 at the request of five Native American tribes, who spent six of those 80 years in public meetings developing their plan for management and protection of the land and cultural resources. Those [...]
A federal judge has agreed with activists that the Bureau of Land Management failed to adequately consider greenhouse gas impacts from oil and gas consumption in its new resource management plan for the Colorado River Valley Field Office. Judge Lewis T. Babcock also found that the agency "failed to consider reasonable alternatives to oil and gas leasing and development" as part of its review of alternatives in the plan. Babcock has ordered the plaintiffs in the suit to try to negotiate a remedy to the shortfalls in the BLM's review, and to submit written briefs on a proposed remedy if an [...]
The Trump administration is again shelving plans to allow oil and gas drilling on public land in Colorado after complaints from state officials and activists. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Friday some of the land is in big game habitat and some is in the North Fork Valley in western Colorado, where bureau officials are in the process of revising resource management plans. The land covers about 116 square miles (300 square kilometers) in 58 parcels. “We appreciate the BLM’s thoughtful decision to listen to the concerns of Coloradans,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said in a written statement. “The [...]
El pasado mes de junio, Wilderness Workshop lanzo su nuevo programa Defiende Nuestra Tierra comúnmente llamado Defiende como corto. Wilderness Workshop noto al igual que muchos de ustedes; el significativo crecimiento que tiene la población latina en nuestro valle y sus alrededores. A través de este programa Wilderness Workshop se ha uniendo a un esfuerzo colectivo en ser una asociación que es diversa, incluyente y siempre viendo hacia el futuro. El programa Defiende ha tenido un alcance significativo en sus esfuerzos de integración y unión comunitaria, como su prioridad la educación acerca de nuestras tierras públicas, tanto el Servicio Forestal como [...]
The city of Aspen has reached settlement agreements with all opposers to Aspen’s two pending water court cases regarding its conditional storage rights on Castle and Maroon creeks, officials announced on Tuesday. The next steps will be obtaining water court approval of the stipulations and entry of decrees continuing the conditional water rights for another six-year period. The city since 1965 has held conditional water rights to build dams and reservoirs on the upper reaches of Castle and Maroon creeks. When the city applied for its every-six-years diligence filing in 2016 in water court, 10 parties, including environmental organizations, the Forest [...]
The city of Aspen announced Tuesday it has reached settlement agreements with all 10 of the opposing parties in two water court cases where the city was seeking to maintain conditional water rights tied to large potential dams on upper Castle and Maroon creeks. Craig Corona, the water attorney for Larsen Family LP, signed the last of the settlement agreements with the city Oct. 11. The other nine parties in the cases had all signed agreements by August. >> Read Full Article Here
Carbondale resident Brandon Jones combined an epic outdoor adventure earlier this year with activism aimed at building awareness over the Trump administration's plan to shrink three national monuments. Jones bikepacked through parts of Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in Utah from mid-April through the first week of May. "I guess I had been dreaming about and romanticizing a bike tour," he said. He tends to be more a backpacker and spends considerable time in wilderness, where mechanized uses aren't allowed. But he figured using a bike was the most practical [...]
We are no longer accepting online ticket sales. But ticket sales will be open at the door. Thanks! The Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, the highest level of protection for waterways, is 50! As the Act celebrates a half century of protecting some of our greatest rivers, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating its accomplishments—and in working for its future. Just a few miles away, Deep Creek flows from the Flat Tops to join the Colorado River at the beginning of Glenwood Canyon. This rugged, untamed creek flows through a narrow, steep canyon that drops over 4,000 feet before its [...]