Eighteen gas leases in the heart of Thompson Divide southwest of Carbondale are formally out of play and won't be developed, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Friday. The BLM and a company called SG Interests reached a settlement agreement over the BLM's decision to cancel the leases in November 2016. The federal government agreed to pay $1.5 million to SG Interests as part of the settlement; SGI dropped its legal challenge of the lease cancellations. "SG had 18 leases in the heart of the Thompson Divide. The development of those leases wasn't a closed book. Now it is," said [...]
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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 >>
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!
Hay Park/Thomas Lakes Trail Restoration Fri.-Sun., Aug. 17-19 Join us for two days of trail and restoration work on the Thomas Lakes Trail to Mount Sopris at the edge of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. The trail used to be a road and is too wide and not conducive to foot traffic in parts. About 2.5 miles from the trailhead, we'll be building some steps to prevent erosion and keep water off the trail. We'll be camping in a beautiful meadow with an Aspen grove and views of Mount Sopris about 1/8th of a mile off the trail. We’ll provide all the [...]
Crooked Creek Wetlands Project 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. We’re partnering on this project with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers (RFOV), the Forest Service and the Roaring Fork Conservancy. Sign Up Here >>
Target: Public land managers at the BLM’s Colorado River Valley Field Office. Action: Tell the BLM to manage Sutey Ranch for the protection of wildlife habitat The BLM recently acquired the Sutey Ranch and Haines parcels near Carbondale through a land exchange and the agency is now drafting a plan to manage these areas. We are asking BLM to protect critical winter wildlife habitat on the parcels as the primary purpose. The valley’s wildlife populations are suffering from development of important winter range and ever-increasing recreational use. Now is the perfect opportunity for the BLM [...]