Connecting Wildernesses and roadless areas in a landscape-wide wildlands network across the central Rockies benefits migratory animals, rare plant communities, clean water resources for urban and mountain communities , local economies, quiet recreation, historic and cultural locations, scenic vistas and spirtual values.
Board and Staff
Where we work
What we've Accomplished
- Wild Connections Conservation Plan (WCCP) 1995-2006
- Roadless Area Inventories by more than 100 volunteer mappers identified 1.2 million acres of wild roadless land on the Pike-San Isabel National Forest from 1995 to 2001.
- The WCCP published in 2006 was based on the roadless data, input from 7 regional workshops and wildlife data
- The WCCP proposes Wilderness( 684,400 acres), Research Natural Areas (179,6000 acres) and Core Areas (94,700 acres ) for the network of wildlands across the region
- Colorado Roadless Rule 2008-2012
- The Forest Service reviewed Wild Connections’ inventory and added 107,400 acres to their inventory as part of defining the 2012 Colorado Roadless Rule.
- Roadless lands protected in the Pike-San Isabel National Forest increased more than 16% as a result.
- Lands with Wilderness Characteristics Inventory 2013–2015
- Staff, interns amd volunteers mapped and documented Lands with Wilderness Characteristics on the lands administered by the Bureau of Land Management from 2013 to 2015.
- The BLM reviewed Wild Connections’ inventory and added 113,000 acres to their inventory as part of the agency’s Resource Management Plan revision.
- Lands with Wilderness Characteristics identified in the BLM's Royal Gorge Field Office increased by more than 145% as a result.
- Restoration Projects 2009 - ongoing
- Wild Connections’ restoration projects have been completed or are ongoing:
- Wildcat Canyon 2016-2025
- Rock Creek 2018-ongoing
- LaSalle Pass 2020
- Beaver Creek 2019-2020
- Sheep Creek 2019
- Selkirk Basin, N. Tarryall 2016, 2018
- Farnum Peak, Packer Gulch 2015, 2017
- Badger Flats 2014
- Geneva Creek 2013
- Green Mountain 2011
- Trout and Eagle Creeks 2009-2010
- Conservation Vision and Biodiversity Research
- Climate Change Refugia modeling is ready for expert review.(2019-ongoing)
- Volunteers help with the Pawnee montane skipper butterfly census conducted annually by the Forest Service and the Fish and Wildlife Service.
- Advocacy and Outreach
- We chair the regional coalition addressing BLM management planning and mining and energy projects in the Arkansas Canyon
- Regular comments and public organizing on agency activities includes the Pike-San Isabel Travel Management Plan, Outside 285 regional trail planning, and many logging, mining and energy development projects.
- We continue to promote Wilderness, including the designation of Browns Canyon National Monument and impending legislation in the Colorado Wilderness Act and Protecting America’s Wilderness Act.
- We represented conservation interests during the muti-year process that resulted in the South Platte River Protection Plan that was adopted in lieu of Wild and Scenic River designation
- The public is engaged and informed through monthly guided roadless area hikes, press releases and opinion editorials, and regular Wild News and Landscapes newsletters