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Protecting North Fork Roadless Forests

Protecting North Fork Roadless Forests Some of our region’s most spectacular roadless forests are found in the North Fork of the Gunnison River watershed outside the towns of Paonia and Hotchkiss. From Huntsman Ridge in the Thompson Divide to the northern flanks of the West Elk Wilderness, dense aspen forests, wide open meadows, and alpine streams and ponds provide habitat for elk, bear, moose and lynx, as well as northern goshawk, purple martin and Colorado River cutthroat trout. For outdoor enthusiasts, this landscape is a treasure trove for hiking, camping and skiing. Beyond recreation, these wild areas support a [...]

Protecting North Fork Roadless Forests2020-08-04T20:14:18+00:00

Defiende Nuestra Tierra Program Reaches New Heights

Defiende Reaches New Heights For the past two winters, Defiende Nuestra Tierra has successfully organized several snowshoe outings that were well attended by the local community. Defiende members continue to ask when the next snowshoe outing will be, when the summer hikes start (July 19) and what our next adventure will look like. When Wilderness Workshop started Defiende, we hosted three community listening sessions to better understand how to authentically engage with our local Latinx community. We heard many voices, and earnestly started to think of ways we could break down some of the barriers our community shared with [...]

Defiende Nuestra Tierra Program Reaches New Heights2020-07-14T21:36:04+00:00

A Roundup of Trump Administration Rollbacks on Environmental Protections

A Roundup of Trump Administration Rollbacks on Environmental Protections We’re in the waning months of a presidential administration that has brazenly steamrolled environmental laws and policies designed to protect the planet and the public. The Trump administration has already gutted dozens of regulations that safeguard public lands and wildlife, reduce climate pollution, preserve public health and give us all a voice in how our shared lands and resources are managed. Unfortunately, we can expect an increasing barrage of attacks in the coming months—the 11th hour is when a potentially outgoing administration accelerates its agenda. With an election looming, victory [...]

A Roundup of Trump Administration Rollbacks on Environmental Protections2020-07-14T21:37:16+00:00

We’re Working on Projects to Restore the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness

Here's What We're Doing to Restore the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness The three women who founded Wilderness Workshop are known locally as the “Maroon Belles” because of their early work to significantly expand the footprint of what’s now the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness. We are fortunate that one of the most iconic—and photogenic!—landscapes in the country is right here in our backyard. These lands are the ancestral homelands of the Ute people. When mining prospectors arrived to the Roaring Fork Valley in the late 1800s, some of this area was used for logging and other developments. Wilderness designation and expansion occurred [...]

We’re Working on Projects to Restore the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness2020-07-15T14:54:17+00:00


THIRTY BY THIRTY save nature. act on climate. leer la versión en español >> Protecting nature is a critical piece of the climate solution. Recent science finds that 30% of the planet must be protected by 2030 in order to safeguard biodiversity against the threat of climate change. Initially set forth in an ambitious plan known as the Global Deal for Nature, this science is gaining traction with governments around the world committing to this necessary and inspiring goal – commonly referred to as Thirty by Thirty. Locally, Colorado’s Senator Bennet and Representative [...]


Wild For Good Photo Contest

SUBMIT A PHOTO OF YOUR FAVORITE WILD PLACE FOR FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!  ¡Envía tu foto de tu paisaje favorito para la oportunidad de ganar! Español abajo We love our wild places and we know you do too! Submit a photo of your favorite wild spot, for a chance to win! We’ll share the submissions with our community online and on social media, and they’ll vote for the winning photo. First prize: A BCA Stash 20 Backpack, valued at $145.00, from Cripple Creek Backcountry, and a professionally mounted, 5x6 photo of your winning [...]

Wild For Good Photo Contest2020-05-15T16:14:18+00:00

Support the Businesses who support us!

SUPPORT THE BUSINESSES WHO SUPPORT US! Wilderness Workshop is grateful for the dozens of local businesses and partner non-profit organizations who support our work through event and program sponsorships, donations, volunteerism, and advocacy. The support of these businesses helps to make our work to protect public lands across the White River National Forest possible, and we so appreciate their continued generosity and devotion to our mission. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of us at Wilderness Workshop feel very lucky to be able to continue our work protecting public lands. These are uncertain times for everyone, and [...]

Support the Businesses who support us!2020-06-08T17:20:53+00:00