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Earlier this month, the Trump administration weakened the National Environmental Policy Act, a 50-year-old rule meant to limit the environmental impact of large development. Trump says rolling back the regulations will eliminate “red tape” and speed up infrastructure projects, but opponents of the move say it paves the way for big industry to get away with development that could harm the environment.

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, or COGCC, wants public input as it creates new rules for oil and gas drilling. Locals have their chance to weigh in Wednesday at a hearing in Glenwood Springs. 

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Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop wants to see more diverse populations using public lands. The group is hosting Jessica Loya of GreenLatinos to speak about inclusivity and environmental justice at an event Wednesday night. 

The application for Wilderness Workshop’s 2019 Artist in Wilderness program is now open.  Artists spend a week in the wilderness surrounding Aspen for the residency.  

Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) needs to further analyze climate impacts as it plans for future use of public lands in the Colorado River Valley.

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A decade-long battle over oil and gas leases in the Thompson Divide area near Carbondale has ended.

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On Tuesday, officials from Pitkin County will host a public meeting where they are the ones listening. The forum in Carbondale is meant to gather public input on a major trail proposal in the Crystal River Valley.

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The federal government has reached a settlement in an ongoing legal battle over drilling in the Thompson Divide area of the White River National Forest.

 

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Last week, the Wilderness Workshop announced that executive director Sloan Shoemaker was stepping down after 21 years with the conservation organization. Will Roush, who has been with Wilderness Workshop since 2009, will take over the position in September. They both spoke with Aspen Public Radio environment reporter Elizabeth Stewart-Severy about the organization and the transition.

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The City of Aspen is making progress toward settlement in a state water court case regarding storage rights on Castle and Maroon Creeks.

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The U.S. Forest Service announced its final decision Monday to log 1,600 acres of national forest in the upper Fryingpan valley. Some areas have been removed from the project after public objections.

 

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Wilderness Workshop has selected the five artists they will bring to Aspen this summer for the "Artists in Wilderness" residency. The week-long program brings artists to local open spaces for inspiration.

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Wilderness Workshop and Colorado Mountain Club are hosting a backcountry film festival tonight in Carbondale.

 

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Wilderness Workshop has joined a lawsuit challenging the drilling of more than a hundred natural gas wells near Paonia.

 

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Jasmine Finks has spent years rehabilitating injured osprey and educating people about the birds of prey. Finks was in Aspen last week as part of the Naturalist Nights speaker series and sat down with Elizabeth Stewart-Severy.

Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop joined 15 other environmental watchdog groups to file a lawsuit against the federal government. The organizations want to see compliance with a rule to prevent the waste of methane.

Valley Roundup: Dec. 8, 2017

Dec 11, 2017

  This week, National Monuments take a hit, a trail along the Crystal River becomes a dividing line, an effort continues to turn private land into a public amenity and how a federal tax overhaul would affect the valley

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Local conservation watchdog group Wilderness Workshop will celebrate the Antiquities Act Wednesday night at the Third Street Center gym in Carbondale.

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Three local environmental groups are again teaming up to present a speaker series focused on public lands and wildlife conservation. The schedule for 2018 is out.

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Several environmental watchdog groups, including Carbondale-based Wilderness Workshop, are formally protesting the sale of oil and gas leases on public lands in northwest Colorado.

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Local nonprofit Wilderness Workshop is teaming up with the National Wildlife Federation to hold a rally in support of public lands this week in Glenwood Springs. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy spoke with Sloan Shoemaker, executive director of Wilderness Workshop, about the goals and purpose of the event.

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The U.S. Forest Service has received three objections to a plan that would limit overnight use of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness.

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The U.S. Forest Service is partnering with local environmental groups to repair damage on the Capitol Creek Trail this weekend.

Curated - August 14, 2017

Aug 14, 2017

On this week’s episode, a local multi-media artist ventures into the woods and returns inspired to create. A photographer discusses old school techniques to capturing the disappearing world of cattle ranching in Colorado, and a plein air painter talks through his process. Plus, this episode features music from Boulder-based Americana band Grant Farm.

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As Pitkin County Open Space and Trails staff works to design a trail up the Crystal River Valley, a local conservation organization wants to make sure wildlife is protected.

 

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Two of the Roaring Fork Valley’s premier conservation organizations, the Wilderness Workshop and Aspen Valley Land Trust, are celebrating their 50th anniversaries this year. They threw a joint party in Carbondale last Friday, where Aspen Public Radio’s Elizabeth Stewart-Severy caught up with Michael McVoy, who has served on the boards of both organizations.

 

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Local environmental group Wilderness Workshop hosted an event with the legal non-profit Earthjustice last week. The panel discussion was titled “Resistance: in the courts and on the ground.” Elizabeth Stewart-Severy was there and spoke with producer Christin Kay about the event.

Local environmental watchdog Wilderness Workshop joins forces with the legal non-profit Earthjustice tonight for a discussion about how to safeguard public lands.

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Carbondale environmental and community groups are applauding a bill that would permanently protect Thompson Divide from oil and gas development.

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Local non-profit Wilderness Workshop has a new tool for those who want to advocate for environmental conservation. The watchdog organization recently launched an email service called Capital Watch that suggests quick actions to protect public lands. Elizabeth Stewart-Severy sat down with executive director Sloan Shoemaker.

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