OIL & GAS DEFENSE
Inappropriate natural gas development threatens ecological values on Colorado’s western slope. Led by staff attorney Peter Hart, our Oil & Gas Defense Program’s goal is to prevent or minimize the adverse impacts of energy development on these lands. Wilderness Workshop often partners with other local, regional and national groups to push back against damaging energy development.
A forest ecosystem is the community formed by plants and animals of a particular area that interact with the chemical and physical features of the environment in which they live. We want to keep the forest ecosystems in our backyard as healthy as possible. Wilderness Workshop’s core turf is the 2.3-million-acre White River National Forest (WRNF) and our goal is to encourage our community to be responsible stewards of this stunning resource so that future generations may enjoy it as well.
Wilderness Workshop has worked for more than a decade to protect the Thompson Divide and surrounding roadless areas. We work to ensure these areas continue to provide critical wildlife habitat, recreation opportunities, grazing lands and clean air and water. The Divide is foundational to the economy, culture and ecology of our area and we aim to keep it that way.
RESPONSIBLE RECREATION ADVOCACY
We acknowledge the need and right of locals and visitors alike to recreate on public lands. This includes quiet recreation activities like hiking, skiing, and horseback riding, as well as motorized recreation like snowmobiling and ATVing, as well as some activities in between, like hunting and mountain biking. However, we also believe that recreational activities must remain respectful of wildlife and the health of natural ecosystems.
PROTECTING THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE
WW supports efforts to protect the Continental Divide, which encompasses some of the state’s most important migration corridors and famous breathtaking scenery.
Wilderness Workshop isn’t a river organization, strictly speaking. We have a lot of great local partner organizations that focus exclusively on this area. But we do weigh in on water issues when we feel the issue is significant enough to have an impact on the larger landscape.