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Court scraps Colo. roadless exception — again

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals yesterday reversed a lower court ruling, forcing the federal government to reconsider yet again where coal mining is allowed in “roadless” areas of Colorado.

Court scraps Colo. roadless exception — again2020-05-22T19:22:35+00:00

Showdown over Trump’s plan to overhaul landmark law’s environmental reviews heads to Colorado

Hearing on NEPA set for Denver as 50-year-old law guides environmental reivew of project in Vail Valley The ill-conceived Berlaimont Estates project and its proposal to pave a 26-foot-wide road across 4.5 miles of Forest Service land and critical elk winter habitat, outside of Edwards is gaining statewide notoriety, as the Trump administration aggressively works to gut the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Last month, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) announced a rulemaking that would fundamentally alter the scope of NEPA by limiting requirements for environmental review and public participation. Projects like the proposed Berlaimont access road [...]

Showdown over Trump’s plan to overhaul landmark law’s environmental reviews heads to Colorado2020-05-06T22:09:10+00:00

Letter: Don’t let Trump cripple NEPA process

A wonderful letter to the editor from Judy Fox-Perry, speaking to the integral roll of NEPA in our community's quest to protect Thompson Divide from oil and gas development - as the Trump administration continues to shamelessly pursue more rollbacks to this bedrock environmental law. #ProtectNEPA Read Full Article Here >>

Letter: Don’t let Trump cripple NEPA process2020-05-06T21:52:27+00:00

It’s time for Gardner to support CORE Act

Another great editorial by the The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction in support of the #COREAct. Thank you for voicing the opinion of so many Coloradans! Protecting public lands and striving for equal access to the outdoors is key to the Colorado way of life. Senator Cory Gardner, please listen to your constituents - it's time to pass the #COREAct! Read Full Article Here >>

It’s time for Gardner to support CORE Act2020-05-06T21:59:49+00:00

Make your voice heard Take action on issues that matter to you

>>español en la parte inferior Take action on issues that matter to you To protect our beloved backcountry, wildlands and environment, it takes a community movement! That’s where you come in. We need creative, attention-getting and sometimes massive displays of public support to make our message heard from our small community all the way to Washington DC. A lot of little actions can add up to something big. What is advocacy? Advocacy is calling on your elected officials to take action in support of a cause or issue. As an advocate, you ask policymakers to support and promote policies that [...]

Make your voice heard Take action on issues that matter to you2020-01-30T22:11:40+00:00

Snowshoeing with Defiende

Snowshoeing started thousands of years ago as an essential mode of winter transportation, and has since evolved into a popular recreational activity that is supported by Colorado’s high-altitude winter weather and amazing trail systems. If you’ve never done it before, you might ask, why go snowshoeing? Here are a few reasons: It’s great winter exercise: stay in shape even when the snow falls. Snowshoeing is an excellent low-impact aerobic exercise. It’s a great social activity: all ages and ability levels can enjoy the sport together. It’s inexpensive: snowshoeing is affordably priced. Your required gear includes snowshoes and appropriate cold weather [...]

Snowshoeing with Defiende2020-01-17T21:41:37+00:00

Pitkin County Fence Removal (Restore Wildlife Habitat) Saturday, September 12

Pitkin County Barbed-Wire Fence Removal Saturday, September 12 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Free and open to the public, registration required. WILDERNESS WORKSHOP COVID-19 PROTOCOLS - PLEASE READ BEFORE SIGNING UP Project Description: Help us remove old barbed wire fencing to allow animals to move freely across important elk and deer habitat. Vestiges of decades-old grazing operations, these disused fence lines now deteriorate and fragment wildlife habitat. Directions: Location and directions will be available as the project date approaches. What to bring: Rain gear, day pack, sack lunch, and water bottles. Please wear sun protection, closed-toe shoes, long pants and [...]

Pitkin County Fence Removal (Restore Wildlife Habitat) Saturday, September 122020-06-26T14:47:48+00:00