Wilderness Workshop on the Berlaimont Estates Access Road Final EIS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 9, 2021 CARBONDALE, CO – Today, the US Forest Service (USFS) issued the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the Berlaimont Estates Access Road, which is unchanged from the analysis released last year and signals that the agency will approve a damaging paved road through sensitive wildlife habitat. “The Forest Service is poised to make a terrible decision. With wildlife populations in staggering decline due to increased development and recreation in critical winter range, this is not the time to abandon seasonal closures and pave sensitive habitat for more development,” said Peter Hart, [...]

Wilderness Workshop on the Berlaimont Estates Access Road Final EIS2021-07-09T15:32:19+00:00

Wilderness Workshop prepared to challenge test drilling for potential dam and reservoir in Homestake Valley decision

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - July 7, 2021 CARBONDALE, CO – Citing threats to lynx and cutthroat trout, Wilderness Workshop and partner conservation groups today filed a Notice of Intent to sue the US Forest Service (USFS) over its failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act when it approved drilling test wells in the Homestake Valley earlier this year. Today’s notice was filed by WildEarth Guardians on behalf of Wilderness Workshop, Colorado Headwaters, the Holy Cross Wilderness Defense Fund, Save the Colorado, and the Colorado Chapter of the Sierra Club. “After reviewing the record it’s clear that the [...]

Wilderness Workshop prepared to challenge test drilling for potential dam and reservoir in Homestake Valley decision2021-07-07T17:04:34+00:00

Federal Judge Voids Western Colorado Fracking Plan, Requires New Analysis of Climate Harm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - March 29, 2021 A federal judge Friday approved the Bureau of Land Management’s request to rescind the Grand Junction resource-management plan following a lawsuit by environmental groups challenging the agency’s failure to analyze its potential harm to the climate. The plan, which the agency must now redo, opened nearly 1 million acres of public land in western Colorado to fracking and drilling and prioritized fossil fuel production over all other public-lands values. “For too long BLM officials have willfully ignored the fact that federal fossil fuel programs conflict with U.S. climate goals. This order [...]

Federal Judge Voids Western Colorado Fracking Plan, Requires New Analysis of Climate Harm2021-03-29T19:48:40+00:00

Federal Judges Block Coal Mining Construction in Sunset Roadless Area

Oct. 29, 2020 Denver, Colo. — The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals today blocked further construction for a coal-mine expansion in the Sunset roadless area of Colorado’s Gunnison National Forest. The injunction prevents Mountain Coal, a subsidiary of Arch Resources, from further destruction of the roadless forest at the base of Mount Gunnison in the West Elk Mountains until a challenge from conservation groups is resolved. The Sunset roadless area is prime wildlife habitat adjacent to Mount Gunnison and the West Elk Wilderness Area. The roadless designation protects 5,800 acres of pristine aspen forests and giant spruce that provide habitat for goshawks, [...]

Federal Judges Block Coal Mining Construction in Sunset Roadless Area2020-10-30T14:44:56+00:00

Missing Lynx: Advocates Challenge Feds’ Refusal to Prepare Recovery Plan

Dec. 1, 2020 Today, a coalition of conservation organizations filed a complaint in federal court challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (the Service’s) decision to forgo recovery planning for threatened Canada lynx.  Recovery plans are important tools required by the Endangered Species Act, often referred to as the “roadmap” for conservation because they spell out what the agency needs to do to recover a species and how best to do it. Recovery plans also include metrics that must be met before the Service may deem a species recovered.  In 2013, conservation organizations sued the Service for failing to prepare [...]

Missing Lynx: Advocates Challenge Feds’ Refusal to Prepare Recovery Plan2020-12-01T19:34:52+00:00

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 [...]

Local Volunteers Partner with the Bureau of Land Management to Celebrate National Public Lands Day with Restoration Project at Sutey Ranch2020-10-05T19:32:52+00:00

Colorado Agency Caves to U.S. Forest Service, OKs More Bulldozing of Roadless Forest Mountain Coal Ignored Court Ruling, Forest Service Failed to Act 

Sept. 18, 2020 Denver, Colo. — Conservation groups urged a federal court today to halt further construction in a protected roadless area of the Gunnison National Forest. Today’s motion for expedited consideration came after Colorado officials modified an order late yesterday to no longer prevent Mountain Coal Company from using an illegally bulldozed road and carving more drill pads into the roadless area.  Yesterday’s action from the Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety likely means construction work can resume, despite a March court order banning road building in the Sunset roadless area.  In June, Mountain Coal cleared a nearly mile-long [...]

Colorado Agency Caves to U.S. Forest Service, OKs More Bulldozing of Roadless Forest Mountain Coal Ignored Court Ruling, Forest Service Failed to Act 2020-10-30T03:30:43+00:00

Highway 82 Wildlife Crossings Inventory Project Description

Highway 82 is the artery of the Roaring Fork Valley, serving as a linkage between each of its major towns and the only year-round option for accessing Aspen. It’s an important part of the landscape for those who live here – but its effects extend beyond the human population. The Roaring Fork Valley is also home to a variety of wildlife species, including several thousand elk and deer. Highway 82’s path along the valley floor bisects the ranges of both herds, presenting a challenge to safe movement for elk, deer, and other animals. In the spring of 2021, Wilderness Workshop [...]

Highway 82 Wildlife Crossings Inventory Project Description2021-06-03T16:43:51+00:00

Conservation Groups File Suit Against “Energy Dominance” Plan for Western Colorado

Sept. 15, 2020 Denver, Colo. – Public land conservation groups filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado today challenging the Trump administration’s land use plan for the Uncompahgre region. The plan opens vast areas of western Colorado, including the North Fork Valley, to oil and gas drilling while failing to protect wilderness quality public lands, wildlife habitat and other natural resources. Senator Michael Bennet has committed to working with the community on a path forward in the wake of the widely denounced Trump decision. The highly controversial final plan led to administrative protests being filed [...]

Conservation Groups File Suit Against “Energy Dominance” Plan for Western Colorado2020-10-30T03:24:00+00:00

Federal Court in Colorado Confirms Thousands of Acres of Thompson Divide Leases Expired 

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 [...]

Federal Court in Colorado Confirms Thousands of Acres of Thompson Divide Leases Expired 2020-10-30T03:22:56+00:00
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