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
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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
Saturday, March 30 11:00 - 2:00 How can you make the perfect spring ski day even better? By adding burgers beer, and your friends at Wilderness Workshop, of course! Join us (please RSVP) for our annual Ski Day Social on Saturday, March 30 from 11:00-2:00 at the old Cafe Suzanne at the base of West Buttermilk. Wilderness Workshop is renting the building for the day. There will be free food (including veggie options) and drinks for current, new or renewing members. Members can receive a special 50% discounted lift ticket (contact Rebecca Mirsky). If you’re not currently a member, renew or [...]
Register Here >> Flickering points of light scattered in a black sky. The barely audible skitter of insects in the shadows of towering sandstone cliffs. The wonder of a delicate spider web. Wild Hope tells the story of our deep spiritual connection to the natural world, a connection that has the power to rewire our brains, take us back to our deepest roots, and change how we think and act in a world needing our care. This short documentary combines personal story, science, and passion in a unique mix to inspire viewers to protect wild ecosystems against an unrelenting materialistic culture [...]
Wednesday, June 26 Join us for our 3rd annual gala to protect our wild lands with guest speakers, live music, and an elegant seasonal dinner by the Caribou Club on Wedensday, June 26. Full proceeds of the event benefit Wilderness Workshop's programs. Tickets and tables on sale this spring. For more information, contact Rebecca Mirsky at (970) 963-3977.
Friday, September 6 This fall, join Wilderness Workshop in honoring our organization’s most valuable resource: YOU, our fabulous members and supporters. Help us celebrate our vibrant community of public land lovers in Sopris Park in Carbondale. We’ll be offering FREE beer and non-alcoholic beverages to all Wilderness Workshop members, as well as affordable food available for sale. Look out for more details this spring. This event is free and open to the public and replaces our previous WildFest celebration with a community oriented party.
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: [...]
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 >>
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 [...]