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Michael Soule, founder of the Society for Conservation Biology and founder/president emeritus of the Widlands Network. Photo Round River Conservation Studies
On Tuesday, April 8, Colorado College presents Large Landscape Conservation in the Rockies: Exploring New Conservation Paradigms for the 21st Century
Keynote Talk by Michael Soulé, Conservation Biologist
Release of Colorado College's 2014 State of the Rockies Report Card
Premiere of Colorado College’s Rockies Project production Spine of the Continent
7:00 pm in Celeste South Theater, Cornerstone Arts Building Colorado College, Colorado Springs
Colorado College welcomes the public to the finale of it's State of the Rockies Project speaker's series. This is a rare opportunity to hear several perspectives on how our Rocky Mountains are faring. Michael Soulé, the founder founder of the Society for Conservation Biology will be the keynote speaker.. He is also founder and president emeritus of the Wildlands Network, and resident in Paonia when he is not traveling to consult with conservation groups and governments on landscape scale conservation strategegies.
Stop by Wild Connections' and Central Colorado Coalition's tables to see how south central Colorado fits into the larger picture of the Spine of the Continent.
Browns Canyon moving toward protection!
View of Browns Canyon rocks with Mt. Princeton across the valley in the distance.
Bennet Joins Effort to Preserve Browns Canyon as National Monument
Chaffee County, CO –Today, Senator Michael Bennet became of a cosponsor of S.1794,The Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act of 2013, to protect Browns Canyon region as an invaluable economic and natural resource for Chaffee County and the state. The bill, originally introduced by Colorado U.S. Senator Mark Udall in December, will designate 22,000 acres along the Arkansas River as a national monument, preserving the pristine wilderness area and ensuring recreational access for years to come.
Browns Canyon needs your help Write to Rep. Lamborn today We wish you could have heard Garrett Reppenhaggen describe how the after effects of his deployment in Iraq were healed by the wild places he visited near his childhood home in Manitou Springs.
A full house greeted him, Bill Dvorjak of Friends of Browns Canyon, Scott Braden of Conservation Colorado and representatives of Wild Connections, Colorado Mountain Club Pikes Peak Group and Pikes Peak Group of Sierra Club at the Browns Canyon Happy Hour.
We also viewed the Spirit of Browns Canyon film - watch it here. Get ready for a real treat as you journey through the proposed National Monument.
Everyone was happy about Senator Mark Udall's "Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness" legislation. The designation would protect 22,000 acres, including 10,500 as Wilderness. However, less happy was hearing that Congressman Lamborn has taken a "neutral" position on protecting Browns Canyon. Both Houses of Congress must approve Wilderness legislation, and we need to ask him to introduce a companion bill to Sen. Udall's legislation.
Please let Rep. Lamborn know that Coloradans support Wilderness - it's good for wildlife, for back country recreation, for the economy and for future generations. Do it now!
Garrett recounting how wildlands helped him heal. Photo Conservation Colorado
Protecting Wilderness Sen. Mark Udall introduced Browns Canyon legislation
The Pike-San Isabel National Forest has many Congresionally designated Wildernesses, and Browns Canyon National Monument will include 10,500 acres of Wilderness in addition to other protected lands to bring the total to 22,000 acres. Go to his blog for all the details. There is a video in the right column of the Senator unveling the bill in Nathrop.
View from Browns Canyon across the valley to Mt. Princeton. Photo Steve Valimaki
Browns Canyon legislation is a common-sense bill "Over the last 18 months I developed this bill working side-by-side with Chaffee County leaders, residents, businesses and other stakeholders. We developed this community-driven bill to ensure future generations of Coloradans can enjoy Browns Canyon's unique mix of whitewater and wilderness," Udall said. "This grassroots bill will help create jobs, strengthen Chaffee County's economy and preserve this special place for decades to come. I look forward to working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to protect Browns Canyon and pass this common-sense bill."