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
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 [...]
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 [...]
A federal judge has agreed with activists that the Bureau of Land Management failed to adequately consider greenhouse gas impacts from oil and gas consumption in its new resource management plan for the Colorado River Valley Field Office. Judge Lewis T. Babcock also found that the agency "failed to consider reasonable alternatives to oil and gas leasing and development" as part of its review of alternatives in the plan. Babcock has ordered the plaintiffs in the suit to try to negotiate a remedy to the shortfalls in the BLM's review, and to submit written briefs on a proposed remedy if an [...]
The Trump administration is again shelving plans to allow oil and gas drilling on public land in Colorado after complaints from state officials and activists. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Friday some of the land is in big game habitat and some is in the North Fork Valley in western Colorado, where bureau officials are in the process of revising resource management plans. The land covers about 116 square miles (300 square kilometers) in 58 parcels. “We appreciate the BLM’s thoughtful decision to listen to the concerns of Coloradans,” U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet said in a written statement. “The [...]
El pasado mes de junio, Wilderness Workshop lanzo su nuevo programa Defiende Nuestra Tierra comúnmente llamado Defiende como corto. Wilderness Workshop noto al igual que muchos de ustedes; el significativo crecimiento que tiene la población latina en nuestro valle y sus alrededores. A través de este programa Wilderness Workshop se ha uniendo a un esfuerzo colectivo en ser una asociación que es diversa, incluyente y siempre viendo hacia el futuro. El programa Defiende ha tenido un alcance significativo en sus esfuerzos de integración y unión comunitaria, como su prioridad la educación acerca de nuestras tierras públicas, tanto el Servicio Forestal como [...]