September 2, 2020 Late last week, a Federal District Court in Colorado ruled that thousands of acres of oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide properly expired nearly a decade ago. This is just one of many leasing related battles that Wilderness Workshop (WW) and the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) have engaged in to protect the Divide over the years. The ruling confirms that more than 8,500 acres of oil and gas leases in the Divide no longer exist. The Thompson Divide is a complex of inventoried roadless areas on the White River National Forest that provides important [...]
Aug. 27, 2020 Carbondale, Colo. — A group of recreation and public land organizations partnered this past weekend to improve the trail system in the Hay Park Area at the base of Mount Sopris. The work was a partnership between the White River National Forest, Wilderness Workshop, Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council, and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers. The groups completed restoration work to close an unauthorized route that led into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. They also improved the northernmost section of the Buzzard Basin Trail, which allows for a loop on the Capitol Creek [...]
What do you get when a horse, a shovel and a team of people wearing face masks walk into the forest? Trail restoration! This past weekend, we partnered the White River National Forest, Roaring Fork Mountain Bike Association, Roaring Fork Valley Horse Council, and Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers to improve the trail system in the Hay Park Area at the base of Mount Sopris. We completed restoration work to close an unauthorized route that led into the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and improved the northernmost section of the Buzzard Basin Trail, which allows for a loop on the Capitol [...]
25 Ways to Explore Public Lands this Summer Wilderness Workshop’s pandemic-friendly hikes, restoration projects and workshops will still get people outdoors
July 6, 2020 Carbondale, Colo. — This summer Wilderness Workshop is hosting 25 opportunities to enjoy the region’s public lands through hikes, restoration projects and workshops, all led by experts. The series also includes Latinx programming through the nonprofit’s Defiende Nuestra Tierra. Some highlights from the series include the 5-mile Hogback Hike near Rifle, which ascends Bureau of Land Management lands to views of the Colorado River Valley, and the less-traveled Hack Lake Hike in the Flattops. The series also includes popular events from previous years, like the Mushroom Walk, a photography workshop, and an evening hike to explore the [...]
Your "Vote for Public Lands" Guide We’re in the final countdown to Election Day. Are you ready? We’ve compiled a checklist for voting to get you—and your loved ones—prepped for Nov. 3. We’re a conservation organization and, like you, we care deeply about protecting our public lands. We know there are a lot of issues to consider when casting your vote, but please remember to vote with our wild places in mind. We don’t get a second chance when it comes to protecting our planet. ❱ Register to vote. In Colorado, you can register to vote in-person through [...]
Our public lands are something to celebrate everyday. Why? They are one of America’s greatest assets: our abundance of wild places. We’ve put together a list of ways you can engage with and help protect public lands—365 days a year. ❱ Help us pull barbed wire fencing on BLM lands at Sutey Ranch as part of our restoration project series. Left over from when the property was used for ranching, these fences prevent wildlife from moving freely and we’ll help to restore this critical piece of wildlife habitat. Register here. ❱Join us for a hike, restoration project or [...]
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.
WW's Defiende Nuestra Tierra Director, Beatriz Soto recently wrote an op-ed on the importance of protecting our natural resources.
WW's own Defiende Nuestra Tierra Director, Beatriz Soto recently wrote an op-ed on the connections between COVID-19 and climate change and how impacts from both crises disproportionately impact members of the local Latinx Community.
Wilderness Workshop joins Colorado Wild Public Lands and several other businesses and environmental and recreation nonprofits in promoting the message of responsible recreation during this crisis.