*espanol en parte inferior Wilderness Workshop’s COVID-19 Field Procedures will be updated in accordance with the Colorado state guidelines as well as local public health ordinances. In the event of a cancellation, all registered participants will be notified via email A.S.A.P. If you are feeling ill, have experienced symptoms of COVID-19 within the last 14 days, have a fever of over 100.4 degrees F, or have a suspected exposure to COVID 19 in the last 14 days, we ask that you please do not participate in our hikes or restoration projects for the safety of yourself, our staff, and [...]
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Normally, the Third Street Center is a hub of energy on wintery, Wednesday evenings as our community gathers to learn from expert speakers, have meaningful conversations, and share tea and cookies during the Naturalist Nights speaker series. In 2021, Naturalist Nights is going virtual! Though we aren’t able to gather in-person, you can still expect the same educational, whimsical experience as you hear from our line-up of incredible presenters covering topics such as the massive 2020 fire season, Indigenous agriculture practices, and the elusive Canada lynx. To explore our 2021 speaker line-up and pre-register for each virtual event, visit the [...]
Local Volunteers Partner with the Bureau of Land Management to Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Restoration Project at Sutey Ranch
Sept. 29, 2020 Carbondale, Colo. — More than 20 people volunteered on Saturday to restore wildlife habitat at the historic Sutey Ranch in celebration of National Public Lands Day. Volunteers removed old barbed wire fencing and installed bird-nesting boxes on the property, which was acquired by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in 2017 and is now public land being managed to prioritize wildlife habitat conservation. In addition to the BLM Colorado River Valley field office, the project partners were Wilderness Workshop, the Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council and Roaring Fork Audubon. After acquiring the Sutey property, the BLM conducted [...]
Comic: Wilderness Workshop and our superhero partners are fighting to stop the coal mine from destroying any more of the irreplaceable wild forest and wildlife habitat in the North Fork Valley.
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 [...]
WW's Defiende Nuestra Tierra Director, Beatriz Soto recently wrote an op-ed on the importance of protecting our natural resources.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
30x30 Action Hub save nature. act on climate. leer la versión en español >> Protecting nature is a critical piece of the climate solution, but it's being destroyed in the US at an alarming rate. Between 2001 and 2011, natural areas in the West, including forests, wetlands, deserts, and grasslands, disappeared at the rate of one football field every 2.5 minutes. Loss of nature is a threat to the US and world's health and prosperity – affecting our clean air and water, and limiting our defenses against severe weather, floods, and wildfires. Recent [...]