Miscellaneous

Environmental groups to rally for public lands

Local nonprofit Wilderness Workshop is teaming up with the National Wildlife Federation to hold a rally in support of public lands this week in Glenwood Springs. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Sloan Shoemaker, executive director of Wilderness Workshop, about the goals and purpose of the event. Read Full Article >>

Environmental groups to rally for public lands 2018-04-15T21:34:40+00:00

Wilderness Workshop wildlife study: Crystal Valley Trail alignment should be ‘no-brainer’

The alignment of a hiking and biking trail in the Crystal River Valley would be a "no-brainer" if the decision was based solely on what's best for deer, elk and other critters, a wildlife biologist told an audience of more than 50 people Monday evening in Redstone. Rick Thompson said the trail has the potential to affect about 875 acres of habitat if not constructed with best interests of wildlife in mind. It's feasible to reduce that number to about 111 acres of affected wildlife habitat, he said at the presentation at the Redstone Church. He will make another presentation today [...]

Wilderness Workshop wildlife study: Crystal Valley Trail alignment should be ‘no-brainer’ 2018-04-17T19:44:03+00:00

Wilderness Workshop wildlife study: Crystal Valley Trail alignment should be ‘no-brainer’

The alignment of a hiking and biking trail in the Crystal River Valley would be a "no-brainer" if the decision was based solely on what's best for deer, elk and other critters, a wildlife biologist told an audience of more than 50 people Monday evening in Redstone. Rick Thompson said the trail has the potential to affect about 875 acres of habitat if not constructed with best interests of wildlife in mind. It's feasible to reduce that number to about 111 acres of affected wildlife habitat, he said at the presentation at the Redstone Church. He will make another presentation Tuesday [...]

Wilderness Workshop wildlife study: Crystal Valley Trail alignment should be ‘no-brainer’ 2018-04-18T17:25:26+00:00

Study Reveals Crystal Valley Trail Wildlife Impacts

Pitkin County wants to build part of the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail up through the Crystal River Valley. It’s still in the design stages but Carbondale’s Wilderness Workshop hopes to get ahead of the curve with an independent study of the impacts of a trail on wildlife. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh and Wilderness Workshop’s Will Roush talk about the significance of the study results which will be released Monday. Rick Thompson is the biologist behind the study and presents his findings to the public Monday June 10 at the Church at Redstone at 5:30, and Tuesday at 5:30 at the [...]

Study Reveals Crystal Valley Trail Wildlife Impacts 2018-04-18T17:00:36+00:00

Mountain Mayhem: A Golden Anniversary

Since 1967, Wilderness Workshop has been a force to be reckoned with in designating and protecting public lands. The conservation organization was founded by a tenacious trio of women: Connie Harvey, Dottie Fox and Joy Caudill, affectionately nicknamed the "Maroon Belles." Compelled to protect much of beautiful natural surroundings of the Roaring Fork Valley at a time when the future of this land was at stake, they came together using grassroots efforts to secure congressional designation for what is now the Hunter-Fryingpan, Collegiate Peaks, Raggeds and West Elks Wilderness areas. Also through their efforts, the acreage designated within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass [...]

Mountain Mayhem: A Golden Anniversary 2018-04-17T19:46:12+00:00

Wilderness Workshop celebrates its half-century mark

When Connie Harvey, Dottie Fox and Joy Caudill set out 50 years ago to protect public lands in the Roaring Fork Valley, their vision likely didn't included a three-course meal and a party at Hunter S. Thompson's place. This is a big week for the Wilderness Workshop, the local environmental group that is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and this week it's in full swing. On Wednesday night Harvey was joined by a few hundred people at a private event and Saturday many in the valley will join the party at Wildfest at Owl Farm, Thompson's longtime residence. "I didn't even try [...]

Wilderness Workshop celebrates its half-century mark 2018-04-17T19:48:21+00:00

Local nonprofits celebrate 50 years of conservation

Two of the Roaring Fork Valley’s premier conservation organizations, the Wilderness Workshop and Aspen Valley Land Trust, are celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year. They threw a joint party in Carbondale last Friday, where Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy caught up with Michael McVoy, who has served on the boards of both organizations. Read Full Article >>

Local nonprofits celebrate 50 years of conservation 2018-04-15T21:50:05+00:00

Environmental groups rally supporters

Local environmental group Wilderness Workshop hosted an event with the legal non-profit Earthjustice last week. The panel discussion was titled “Resistance: in the courts and on the ground.” Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there and spoke with producer Christin Kay about the event. Read Full Article >>

Environmental groups rally supporters 2018-04-17T16:12:21+00:00

Will Roush Weighs In on Ryan Zinke + Congressman Tipton Talks Opioids + Sandhill Cranes Return

Today's newscast features Wilderness Workshop Conservation Director Will Roush on Ryan Zinke as Interior Secretary. Congressman Scott Tipton on opioid abuse and the fate of Colorado pot laws under the Trump Administration. Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke stepped into the role of Secretary of the Interior Wednesday. Zinke has had mixed reviews from conservationists across the West, including Wilderness Workshop’s conservation director Will Roush. Read Full Article >>

Will Roush Weighs In on Ryan Zinke + Congressman Tipton Talks Opioids + Sandhill Cranes Return 2018-04-18T17:02:58+00:00

Public outcry kills federal land transfer bill

Public outcry killed a federal land transfer bill only about a week after it was introduced in Congress. The bill was introduced in the U.S. House last week proposing the sale of 3.3 million acres of federal land in the West, including more than 1,700 acres in Garfield County. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, announced via social media Wednesday night that he would withdraw H.R. 621. "The bill would have disposed of small parcels of lands (President Bill Clinton) identified as serving no public purpose but groups I support and care about fear it sends the wrong message," Chaffetz [...]

Public outcry kills federal land transfer bill 2018-04-17T19:58:00+00:00