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 [...]
Spraddle Creek Hike with Susie Kincade Sunday, September 19, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Spraddle Creek Trail, near Vail, CO Discover Spraddle Creek, a proposed addition to Eagle’s Nest Wilderness area and part of the CORE Act. Join author, activist, and nature-based coach, Susie Kincade, to explore one of the last roadless areas near Vail and learn more about this exciting bill that will protect 400,000 acres of wilderness, recreation, and habitat in Colorado. Susie will guide you on the trail and enrich the experience by offering practices in “forest bathing” for working with nature to renew body, mind and [...]
Prince Creek Stewardship Day Saturday, September 25, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Prince Creek Trail System To celebrate National Public Lands Day, Wilderness Workshop is partnering with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) to repair and restore old double track in the Crown Mountain Recreation Area! National Public Lands Day is the nation’s single largest volunteer event for public lands and Wilderness Workshop is proud to contribute to that effort. It's also an incredible opportunity to show appreciation for these precious places in our own backyard! We will be working off of [...]
Raggeds Shuttle Bike Ride Saturday, October 2, 7 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Near McClure Pass Spend the day with Wilderness Workshop and the Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association (RFMBA) exploring the southern side of McClure pass on bikes as we make our way down from the pass towards Paonia Reservoir. Along the way we'll take in views of the North Fork Valley and learn about the current threats of oil and gas development that exist and how we can take action to protect this incredible landscape. This event will involve a vehicle shuttle and a very involved, full day mountain [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 9, 2021 CARBONDALE, CO – Today, the US Forest Service (USFS) issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the Berlaimont Estates Access Road, which is unchanged from the analysis released last year and signals that the agency will approve a damaging paved road through sensitive wildlife habitat. “The Forest Service is poised to make a terrible decision. With wildlife populations in staggering decline due to increased development and recreation in critical winter range, this is not the time to abandon seasonal closures and pave sensitive habitat for more development,” said Peter Hart, [...]
Wilderness Workshop prepared to challenge test drilling for potential dam and reservoir in Homestake Valley decision
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 7, 2021 CARBONDALE, CO – Citing threats to lynx and cutthroat trout, Wilderness Workshop and partner conservation groups today filed a Notice of Intent to sue the US Forest Service (USFS) over its failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act when it approved drilling test wells in the Homestake Valley earlier this year. Today’s notice was filed by WildEarth Guardians on behalf of Wilderness Workshop, Colorado Headwaters, the Holy Cross Wilderness Defense Fund, Save the Colorado, and the Colorado Chapter of the Sierra Club. “After reviewing the record it’s clear that the [...]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 29, 2021 A federal judge Friday approved the Bureau of Land Management’s request to rescind the Grand Junction resource-management plan following a lawsuit by environmental groups challenging the agency’s failure to analyze its potential harm to the climate. The plan, which the agency must now redo, opened nearly 1 million acres of public land in western Colorado to fracking and drilling and prioritized fossil fuel production over all other public-lands values. “For too long BLM officials have willfully ignored the fact that federal fossil fuel programs conflict with U.S. climate goals. This order [...]
Highway 82 is the artery of the Roaring Fork Valley, serving as a linkage between each of its major towns and the only year-round option for accessing Aspen. It’s an important part of the landscape for those who live here – but its effects extend beyond the human population. The Roaring Fork Valley is also home to a variety of wildlife species, including several thousand elk and deer. Highway 82’s path along the valley floor bisects the ranges of both herds, presenting a challenge to safe movement for elk, deer, and other animals. In the spring of 2021, Wilderness Workshop [...]