Miscellaneous

Roush Says Wilderness Workshop Not Anti-Crystal Valley Trail

During a Pitkin County Commissioner work session last month, the Aspen Times reports that commissioners accused Wilderness Workshop of attacking the City of Aspen over water rights and not collaborating with the county on the Crystal Valley Trail. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Will Roush, conservation director for Wilderness Workshop, to get his response. Read Full Article >>

Roush Says Wilderness Workshop Not Anti-Crystal Valley Trail 2018-04-18T16:54:18+00:00

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

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 2018-04-18T17:19:42+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

Wilderness Workshop Calls New Public Lands Bills “Ham-fisted”

Three bills in front of Congress would transfer control of energy development on public lands from Feds to states, and allow states to collect royalties. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Wilderness Workshop’s Justin Patrick to find out why he calls the bills ham-fisted and sneaky. Read Full Article >>

Wilderness Workshop Calls New Public Lands Bills “Ham-fisted” 2018-04-18T16:58:11+00:00

Objection filed over plan to limit camping at Aspen’s Conundrum Hot Springs

A plan to limit overnight use of hot spots in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness has been delayed, at least temporarily, by a Boulder resident who views himself as an expert on the Conundrum Hot Springs southwest of Aspen. Evan Ravitz filed an objection to an overnight visitor use management plan proposed by the White River National Forest. The objection requires the Forest Service to come up with a legally defensible answer or sit down at the table in negotiations. Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop also filed an objection, but executive director Sloan Shoemaker said the move is to make sure the organization has [...]

Objection filed over plan to limit camping at Aspen’s Conundrum Hot Springs 2018-04-18T17:21:26+00:00

Wilderness Workshop offers a different way to connect with nature in Carbondale

Alya Howe's passion shines in her communication. Her growls, moans and sighs are the intersect of bedroom and barroom as she lays it all out. Her eyes invite. Her body, arms, head move with the power of her ideas and intentions. That will show up in "Nature in Translation," an outdoor dance performance traversing ancient, arid juniper-pinyon-sage forest. Choreographed into the land, the performance and live music move through and around the artwork of Charmaine Locke and James Surls. The event, commissioned by Wilderness Workshop, will take place on Locke and Surls' Missouri Heights property. "I have been talking to James [...]

Wilderness Workshop offers a different way to connect with nature in Carbondale 2018-04-17T17:52:03+00:00

Wilderness Workshop offers a different way to connect with nature

Alya Howe's passion shines in her communication. Her growls, moans and sighs are the intersect of bedroom and barroom as she lays it all out. Her eyes invite. Her body, arms, head move with the power of her ideas and intentions. That will show up in "Nature in Translation," an outdoor dance performance traversing ancient, arid juniper-pinyon-sage forest. Choreographed into the land, the performance and live music move through and around the artwork of Charmaine Locke and James Surls. The event, commissioned by Wilderness Workshop, will take place on Locke and Surls' Missouri Heights property. "I have been talking to James [...]

Wilderness Workshop offers a different way to connect with nature 2018-04-18T17:23:16+00:00