The Aspen-area’s oldest homegrown environmental group has launched a program to help its supporters keep tracks of threats to public lands emerging from Washington, D.C.

Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop started Capital Watch this month to coincide with President Trump’s inauguration. The organization will periodically send subscribers on its mailing list a notice about action by the Trump administration or Congress that could threaten lands in the Roaring Fork Valley or lands near and dear to the hearts of valley residents — such as lands in Utah’s canyon country and Alaska.

It’s “Capital” rather than “Capitol” because Wilderness Workshop will examine actions of Congress in addition to the White House.

The goal, said Wilderness Workshop Executive Director Sloan Shoemaker, isn’t to bombard people. His staff doesn’t want to be accused of crying wolf by sending an alarm about all environmental issues. The notices will be selective.

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