WW in the News 2018-05-24T21:45:30+00:00



Defying Donald Trump, Diana DeGette Reintroduces Colorado Wilderness Act

July 24th, 2018|

For twenty years, Congresswoman Diana DeGette has tried to pass a Colorado wilderness bill. Now she's trying again: Today, July 24, DeGette introduced the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2018, which would provide federal protection for wild spaces in Colorado. If it ever passes. While increasing demand for recreation and the [...]


July 24th, 2018|

The Colorado Wilderness Act began as the Citizen’s Wilderness Plan, developed by a group of concerned citizens who inventoried federal lands throughout the state to identify pristine lands that met the criteria for Wilderness designation. They met with local communities and other stakeholders to gather input. The proposal was modified [...]


July 10th, 2018|

Wilderness Workshop is hiring a full-time Conservation Director for its office in Carbondale, CO. Applicants should want to live in a small mountain town on the west slope of Colorado, engage in meaningful public lands conservation work at the local state and national level, wear flip-flops or ski-boots to work, and [...]

Environmental groups step up battle against BLM drilling leases

June 27th, 2018|

An EcoFlight trip above the heart of the Piceance Basin west of the Roaring Fork Valley sought to give various members of Colorado-based media groups perspective into a recently filed lawsuit that challenges 53 energy leases in Mesa and Garfield counties that were awarded by the Bureau of Land Management [...]

Feds push for more leasing

June 27th, 2018|

ASPEN — The Trump administration is pushing to open more public land in Colorado for fossil fuel development, preparing to sell off access to minerals under 45,000 acres near a state park and bird habitat along the upper Colorado River. But the intensifying efforts by the federal Bureau of Land [...]

Bureau of Land Management to pay $1.5 million to settle Thompson Divide lawsuit

June 25th, 2018|

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Friday that it will pay an oil and gas company $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed after the agency, under the Obama administration in 2016, cancelled 18 leases to drill in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale. The government’s settlement, which will [...]

Settlement snuffs development of 18 gas leases in Thompson Divide

June 25th, 2018|

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 [...]

Felicity Huffman and Denali Barron join Wilderness Workshop Board

June 11th, 2018|

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. [...]

Wilderness Workshop announces 2018 summer schedule

June 4th, 2018|

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, [...]

Sloan Shoemaker reflects providing fierce voice for environment in Aspen

June 4th, 2018|

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 [...]

Wilderness Workshop launches Defiende Nuestra Tierra program in effort to engage local Latino communities

June 1st, 2018|

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 [...]

City of Aspen will not build reservoirs in Maroon and Castle valleys

May 30th, 2018|

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 [...]

The Wilderness Workshop is the conservation watchdog of nearly 3 million acres of public lands in western Colorado.

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