Wilderness Workshop is trying to stop the Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail by spreading propaganda and misinformation, a majority of Pitkin County commissioners said recently.

“They have started to portray their partners as their enemies, is part of what I’m feeling,” Commissioner Rachel Richards said. “And they are fundraising off of saying ‘Pitkin County’s a bad group. Pitkin County doesn’t care about the environment.’

“You heard a number of their members say, ‘We’re not going to support renewal of the Open Space and Trails fund. We’re anti-trail now. We don’t want the county building more trails.'”

The executive director of Wilderness Workshop — an environmental group that has been based in the Roaring Fork Valley for more than 50 years — acknowledged using vague language at one point that was misinterpreted, but said the group is not against the trail up the Crystal River Valley.

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