From the 2020 Annual Report Our work includes so many different facets of protecting public lands - this past year included new and ongoing legal work, modified community outreach programs, and the creation of brand-new initiatives. Some of this past year’s highlights include: West Elk Coal Mine - In June 2020, Mountain Coal Company defied a court order and illegally bulldozed a nearly mile-long road and two large drilling pads in the midst of the spectacular Sunset Roadless Area near Paonia. Wilderness Workshop joined inspectors with the State of Colorado to survey the damage done, and it was astounding to [...]
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From the Spring 2021 issue of Wild Works In the Winter 2020 issue of Wild Works, our “Election Update” article outlined some of the changes we expected based on the 2020 elections. We’re happy to report that our initial predictions regarding the end of the “energy dominance” agenda, support for the 30x30 initiative (conserving 30% of our nation’s lands and waters by 2030), and a new era at the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) were correct! As we pass President Biden’s 100th day in office, our excitement continues to grow about the opportunities we see with the new administration and [...]
Colorado Public Lands Day & Summer Events Preview Saturday, May 15, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Lorax Trail, near Carbondale Come celebrate the 5th Anniversary of Colorado Public Lands Day and get a sneak preview of our 2021 Summer Events! This is a roundtrip three-mile, easy-to-moderate hike, suitable for all ages. We’ll hike, then discuss summer events and advocacy opportunities over food and drink at the trailhead. To help us plan, please register in advance. Additional information will be sent in your confirmation email. In May 2016, Colorado became the first state in the nation to establish a state holiday for our public [...]
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*Continua en español Silt Island Bird Watching Saturday, June 12, 7 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Island Park, Silt Come to Island Park in Silt for a half day of bird watching! This bilingual Defiende Nuestra Tierra event is in partnership with the Audubon Society, and is a wonderful opportunity to get out with your family and friends to enjoy watching and listening to some local birds. We should easily find many cliff swallows nesting under the bridge. We'll also look for yellow warblers, black-headed grosbeaks, song sparrows, house wrens and more! After a bit of time here we will drive [...]
Prince Creek Stewardship Day Saturday, June 19, 9 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Prince Creek Trail System Join Wilderness Workshop, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) to repair and restore old double track in the Crown Mountain Recreation Area. We will be working off of the BLM's Resource Management Plan to help improve the landscape for all users; volunteers will primarily be collecting dead and down vegetation to place on closed routes to be rehabbed. Additional tasks will include building fence, grubbing / digging with hand tools and installing signs. To help us plan, [...]
Glenwood Canyon Restoration Alliance (GCRA) Grizzly Creek Tour the Trails Sunday, June 20, 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Grizzly Creek Trail near Glenwood Springs Join us for a relaxed half-day excursion near Glenwood Springs. On this hike we will talk about the recent Grizzly Creek Fire, fire ecology and the importance of sustainable landscape management. To help us plan, please register in advance. Additional information will be sent in your confirmation email.
Avalanche Creek Bird Watching Saturday, June 26, 7 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Avalanche Creek near Redstone Come to Avalanche Creek, just outside of Carbondale for a half day of bird watching! This bilingual Defiende Nuestra Tierra event is in partnership with the Audubon Society, and is a wonderful opportunity to get out with your family and friends to enjoy watching and listening to some local birds. We might see some colorful locals like the Western Tanager or the ruby throated hummingbird! While slowly driving up toward the campground we can stop for any interesting birds we hear along the way. This section of [...]
Crystal River Hike and Picnic Saturday, July, 3rd 10:00a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Avalanche Creek, near Carbondale Join Wilderness Workshop on July 3 for a short hike and picnic at the old Janeway stop along the Crystal River. We will chat about the historic use of the old Janeway stop and what the future might look like for the Crystal River Valley. To help us plan, please register in advance. Additional information will be sent in your confirmation email.
Historic Camp Hale Tour with Susie Kincaide Thursday, July 8th, 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Camp Hale, near Vail Tour Pando Valley where the US Army once housed 10,000 personnel, 4000 mules and 250 sled dogs during WWII. The tour includes the Eagle River headwaters, Field House ruins, rock climbing wall, ski hill, rifle range and the intersection of the Colorado Trail. Round trip is approximately 5 miles, with a stop at a beautiful waterfall for lunch. Ambitious hikers can ascend the Colorado Trail toward Kokomo Pass (12,020 feet), a moderate 12-mile hike, or save that adventure for another day. Please leave dogs [...]