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Alliance for the Great Outdoors: How Wilderness Workshop and the Caribou Club joined forces for Wild Feast

The legendary Caribou Club is an Aspen landmark with a rich history in Colorado's most famous ski town. The elegant restaurant and club would never have come to fruition if not for one man, Harley Baldwin. Harley was a classic mountain town character. He rolled into town in 1968 with only $1,200 in his pocket and big dreams in his head. Through ingenuity and perseverance, not to mention a captivating personality, he became a major player in the burgeoning resort town. He bought several properties in Aspen including the 1892 Collins Building, which was in disrepair. Harley renovated the retail units [...]

Alliance for the Great Outdoors: How Wilderness Workshop and the Caribou Club joined forces for Wild Feast2019-05-09T22:11:39+00:00

Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy (CORE) Act gets day in Congress, supporters and opponents testify about act’s merits

The Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy Act, a sweeping public lands bill focused on Colorado with significant provisions for Summit County, had its first hearing in Congress on Tuesday with the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill, which combines four previously introduced public lands bills protecting 400,000 Colorado acres from development, is being pushed strongly by its primary sponsors, Rep. Joe Neguse (D-Boulder) in the House of Representatives and Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, in the Senate. Of the four original bills, the most significant for Summit is the Continental Divide Recreation, Wilderness and Camp Hale Legacy Act. That bill would [...]

Colorado Outdoor Recreation & Economy (CORE) Act gets day in Congress, supporters and opponents testify about act’s merits2019-04-08T15:42:10+00:00

Carbondale crew joins CORE contingent in D.C.

Legislative withdrawal of the Thompson Divide from future oil and natural gas leasing got its first congressional hearing in Washington, DC this week as part of an overall hearing on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Economy (CORE). And, Roaring Fork Valley residents were on-hand for support. Stacey Bernot, former Carbondale mayor, Bill Fales, owner of Cold Mountain Ranch, Mike Pritchard of the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association and the Thompson Divide Coalition, and current Carbondale Mayor Dan Richardson attended Tuesday’s hearing. By the time they return to the Valley later this week, they will have talked to Congressman Joe Neguse, who introduced [...]

Carbondale crew joins CORE contingent in D.C.2019-04-05T14:50:44+00:00

In the spirit of the ‘Maroon Belles’

Dottie, Connie, Joy — those names form a mantra summoning an invaluable wilderness heritage. Without the beloved "Maroon Belles," our vast and beautiful wilderness areas would not be so vast and not so beautiful in their vastness. Dottie Fox and Joy Caudill are gone, leaving Connie Harvey as the last of a triumvirate that directed their life energies to conserving as much wild land as they could squeeze into a wilderness bill over 50 years ago that more than doubled the size of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.   >> Read Full Article

In the spirit of the ‘Maroon Belles’2019-02-11T19:37:21+00:00

CORE Act to protect over 400,000 Colorado acres for conservation, recreation, outdoor economy

Sen. Michael Bennet and 2nd District Congressman Joe Neguse unveiled Friday the most sweeping public lands legislation for Colorado in nearly three decades. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act combines four different previously introduced public lands bills into a single mammoth package that will seek to protect over 400,000 acres of public land for conservation and recreation. Of the land protected, 73,000 acres will be specifically devoted for new wilderness areas, as well as over 80,000 acres for outdoor recreational use. >> Read Full Article

CORE Act to protect over 400,000 Colorado acres for conservation, recreation, outdoor economy2019-01-28T20:52:31+00:00

What it means to be a member

Wilderness Workshop would not exist without YOU, our members. Our work is inspired by and made possible by the hundreds of people who advocate for and spend time in our surrounding public lands. Our members provide us with the majority of our funding, contribute to a robust volunteer and advocacy program, and are a wellspring of new ideas. While WW is not strictly speaking a membership organization, we consider anyone who contributes on an annual basis either by making a donation or volunteering to be a member. We welcome donations of any amount, and we offer a range of volunteering opportunities: [...]

What it means to be a member2018-12-04T17:59:10+00:00

Bears Ears Public Comment Deadline Is Thursday

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 >>

Bears Ears Public Comment Deadline Is Thursday2018-12-04T23:14:30+00:00

Public Lands: The perfect reason for community integration

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 [...]

Public Lands: The perfect reason for community integration2018-11-12T19:15:24+00:00

Guest commentary: Keep fighting for Bears Ears National Monument

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 [...]

Guest commentary: Keep fighting for Bears Ears National Monument2018-11-12T17:45:54+00:00