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Colorado Gives Day Tuesday December 10
It's an online event! Plan to make your 2014 membership donation or an extra gift to Wild Connections during this 24 hours of giving.
It's easy and secure on Giving First's web site. And it will be happening across Colorado with thousands of people supporting their favorite charities. We sent the letter below to our colleagues - two good stories about Wild Connections work this past year.
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>> NEW << Landscapes for December 2013 can be donwloaded here.
The Pike-San Isabel National Forest has many Congresionally designated Wildernesses, and there are many other areas that should be given this highest form of protection. Right now the one to watch is Browns Canyon National Monument - Sen. Mark Udall announced on December 3rd. that he will introduce legislation next week which includes Wilderness for 10,500 acres.
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."
Restoring natural features
Heavy use by people with their jeeps, ATVs, horses and even feet take a toll on the natural environs. Wild Connections is working with the Denver Group of the Colorado Mountain Club, the Forest Service and other partners to revegetate and reclaim natural conditions in the Guanella Pass corridor and on the southern Rampart Range. Join us in this effort by registering for work days or making a contribution.
A sunny day in September, the green valley and gorgeous scenry, and the challenge of ruts and multiple illegal tracks inspired 26 volunteers from Wild Connections and Colorado Mountain Club to complete their tasks. Go here to read the whole story and see some photos.
The larger Guanella Pass corridor, with Burning Bear and Square Top roadless areas, Geneva Basin and Mt. Evans Wilderness are important cores and connections for wildlife. There is lynx habitat and Colorado's only current known wolverine was sighted on Mt. Bierstadt.
Wolverine M56 photographed in February 2013 on Mt. Bierstadt by Cameron Miller.