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Wilderness Workshop

BY Christine Benedetti | June 6, 2018 | Feature Features

Wilderness Workshop's annual gala, Wild Feast, will be held at the Caribou Club on June 27. Join them for live music and a seasonal dinner to protect our wild lands, with special guest speakers Sharon Buccino and Nada Culver. Visit wildernessworkshop.org/wildfeast to purchase tickets.
Photo by Eric Allen

What is the mission of Wilderness Workshop?
Our mission is to protect and conserve the wilderness and natural values of the Roaring Fork watershed, the White River National Forest, and adjacent public lands. We are a nonprofit organization that engages in research, education, legal advocacy and grassroots organizing to protect the ecological integrity of local landscapes and public lands. We focus on the monitoring and conservation of air and water quality, wildlife species and habitat, natural communities and lands of wilderness quality.

How does the valley benefit from this organization?
The magnificent public lands surrounding the Roaring Fork Valley are what sets this place apart from anywhere else. These wildlands provide us with pure air and water, abundant wildlife, extraordinary scenery, unparalleled recreation, and spiritual renewal and inspiration, all of which form the basis for our local way of life and robust economy. People ask, “But these are U.S. Forest Service and BLM lands, aren’t they already protected?” Yes and no. They are protected from the many kinds of commercial and residential development you see on private lands. But the U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management have multi-use mandates which require the agencies to manage public lands for often conflicting purposes: wildlife and habitat, recreation, water, livestock forage, timber, hard rock mining (gold, silver, marble, etc.) and fossil energy resources. Wilderness Workshop is the only organization in the region with the sole mission of protecting the ecological integrity and wild nature of these public lands.

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