Saturday, October 29, 2011
Working with the Public Lands director at HCCA has its perks. This week I got to go out in the field and listen to the discussion of a proposed land exchange in Gunnison County. To hear why and how land is traded, concerns, and benefits was an eye opener. I love that Americans get the privilege to enjoy and recreate on public lands, so to be in the behind the scenes development was invaluable.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
So this year HCCA decided to throw a party and I get to coordinate the event. We are collaborating with Winter Wildlands Alliance to show three films that highlight human powered adventure in the winter and promote environmental stewardship. We are going to have a raffle with awesome prizes, local snacks, and beer. . yummy! Stay tuned in for updates, Viva La Nina!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
The past couple weeks I have been a part of discussion about drilling land cores of copper and magnesium in the small town of White Pine. In the late 1800's and early 1900's White Pine Colorado was most known for its silver mining. The industry never actually took off and now there is a seasonal population that enjoys the quiet mountain summers. Gunnison County Commissioners are negotiating with the mining company to start drilling. Things are not doomed due to the strong staff at HCCA highlighting that this project will do more harm for the social and ecological community than it is worth. GOOD WORK EVERYBODY!
Friday, October 21, 2011
The fall is settling in and the cool morning air wraps around the High Country Citizens Alliance office. The building is the old Crested Butte Depot and the walls tell stories of the all good times and beauty that compose this unique mountain town. Staff sit at desks positioned just right to fit into the small cozy office making an intimate work environment. HCCA is non-profit environmental protection organization. Currently there are four employees who divide and conquer public lands issues, clean air and water concerns, and keep the community informed of how these changes will effect them.