WW in the News 2019-01-03T01:05:01+00:00



In the spirit of the ‘Maroon Belles’

February 11th, 2019|

Dottie, Connie, Joy — those names form a mantra summoning an invaluable wilderness heritage. Without the beloved "Maroon Belles," our vast and beautiful wilderness areas would not be so vast and not so beautiful in their vastness. Dottie Fox and Joy Caudill are gone, leaving Connie Harvey as the last [...]

CORE Act to protect over 400,000 Colorado acres for conservation, recreation, outdoor economy

January 28th, 2019|

Sen. Michael Bennet and 2nd District Congressman Joe Neguse unveiled Friday the most sweeping public lands legislation for Colorado in nearly three decades. The Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act combines four different previously introduced public lands bills into a single mammoth package that will seek to protect over 400,000 [...]

Bears Ears Public Comment Deadline Is Thursday

November 13th, 2018|

Last year, the Trump administration reduced the size of Bears Ears National Monument by 85 percent. Now, the federal government is taking public comment on a draft management plan for the monument, and Thursday is the last day for feedback. To learn more about the implications of the proposed change, [...]

Guest commentary: Keep fighting for Bears Ears National Monument

November 12th, 2018|

For over 80 years, indigenous people, connected for untold generations to a most unusual and enchanting portion of southwest Utah's landscape, urged the United States government to protect their homeland. None of those people who started that effort walk upon the Earth with us today, but hopefully, their labor of [...]

Judge: BLM fell short in oil, gas plan review

November 8th, 2018|

A federal judge has agreed with activists that the Bureau of Land Management failed to adequately consider greenhouse gas impacts from oil and gas consumption in its new resource management plan for the Colorado River Valley Field Office. Judge Lewis T. Babcock also found that the agency "failed to consider [...]

Trump administration again backs off plan for drilling on Colorado public land

November 8th, 2018|

The Trump administration is again shelving plans to allow oil and gas drilling on public land in Colorado after complaints from state officials and activists. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management said Friday some of the land is in big game habitat and some is in the North Fork Valley [...]

Victory in court for local public lands! Judge agrees with WW: BLM must consider climate impacts of oil and gas development

November 7th, 2018|

WW recently won an important victory in Federal District Court. A lawsuit filed by WW with the Western Environmental Law Center, Western Colorado Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Sierra Club challenged BLM’s 2015 Resource Management Plan (the plan) for the Colorado River Valley Field Office (CRVFO). The suit [...]

Aspen officials reach agreement on Castle, Maroon dam cases with all parties

October 17th, 2018|

The city of Aspen announced Tuesday it has reached settlement agreements with all 10 of the opposing parties in two water court cases where the city was seeking to maintain conditional water rights tied to large potential dams on upper Castle and Maroon creeks. Craig Corona, the water attorney for [...]

Carbondale’s Jones pedals to build awareness of national monument plans

October 8th, 2018|

Carbondale resident Brandon Jones combined an epic outdoor adventure earlier this year with activism aimed at building awareness over the Trump administration's plan to shrink three national monuments. Jones bikepacked through parts of Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada as well as Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments in [...]

Thompson Divide lease cancellation confirmed with legal case dismissal

September 11th, 2018|

Environmental groups are claiming victory after a legal challenge to the Bureau of Land Management's cancellation of 18 undeveloped oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area west of Carbondale was formally dismissed by a federal court in Denver last week. U.S. District Court Judge Robert E. Blackburn on [...]

Judge Dismisses Thompson Divide Lawsuit; Lease Cancellations Stand

September 11th, 2018|

After an environmental review in 2016, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) cancelled 18 oil and gas leases owned by the company SG Interests. The company then filed a lawsuit, which was dismissed by a federal judge in Denver last week. It comes after a settlement in June in which [...]

Defying Donald Trump, Diana DeGette Reintroduces Colorado Wilderness Act

July 24th, 2018|

For twenty years, Congresswoman Diana DeGette has tried to pass a Colorado wilderness bill. Now she's trying again: Today, July 24, DeGette introduced the Colorado Wilderness Act of 2018, which would provide federal protection for wild spaces in Colorado. If it ever passes. While increasing demand for recreation and the [...]

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