A forest ecosystem is the community formed by plants and animals of a particular area that interact with the chemical and physical features of the environment in which they live. We want to keep the forest ecosystems in our backyard as healthy as possible. Wilderness Workshop’s core turf is the 2.3-million-acre White River National Forest (WRNF) and our goal is to encourage our community to be responsible stewards of this stunning resource so that future generations may enjoy it as well. The most visited forest in the nation, the WRNF stretches from the Flat Tops in the north to the Elk Range in the south, and from Battlement Mesa in the west to the Eisenhower Tunnel in the east. It comprises the headwaters of the Colorado River, and straddles the “spine of the continent,” a major north-south wildlife migration corridor. The WRNF contains all or portions of eight wilderness areas. Roughly from west to east, they are the Flat Tops, Raggeds, Maroon Bells-Snowmass, Collegiate Peaks, Hunter-Fryingpan, Holy Cross, Eagles Nest and Ptarmigan Peak.
We are a watchdog group and constantly keep an eye on all developments on the National Forest, alerting our members and the press to activities we find concerning. We participate in restoration projects to maintain or rejuvenate natural resources. We also support some technological solutions to encourage forest health, such as prescribed fire and wildlife bridges. We also work with local agencies and governments, such as the regional Forest Service office to support overnight permits in high-use areas, and Pitkin County to find a solution to future water needs without building a dam on or near wilderness areas.
“The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had the eyes to see.”