Wild Connections is proud to be a sponsor of Rocky Mountain Wild’s 2020 Wild & Scenic Film Festival, coming up on January 23, 2020 at the Mayan Theatre in Denver.
The evening will include award-winning environmental and outdoor adventure films from around the world that have been selected not only for their great visual stories, but also to inspire and motivate us to continue the cause to keep the Rocky Mountains wild.
A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit Rocky Mountain Wild. Also, don't miss the opening reception where you can take part in direct actions from local nonprofits in our Citizens Action Hub prior to the films!
Red Canyon is a State Stewardship Trust parcel located south of Colorado Springs along the edge of the Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area, which is presently threatened by a proposal to expand an existing quarry onto the Stewardship Trust Parcel.
The State Land Board will be holding a public workshop on the proposed land exchange on February 12 in Colorado Springs.On this hike we will discuss why the parcel is of particular value for wildlife and quiet recreation and should be retained in its undeveloped state.
This hike will cover approximately four miles, with approximately 800 feet in elevation gain.Participants should bring clothing suitable to the weather conditions, plus YakTraks or similar traction devices.Hiking or ski poles are also recommended.Participants should also bring lunch and water.This trip is sponsored by Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition.
For additional hike and carpool information and required registration, contact Jim Lockhart, 719-385-0045 or email@example.com by 6 p.m. on February 1.
Signup Provisions: This hike is posted on multiple forums, however space is limited. To officially register, you must contact the hike leader, Jim Lockhart.
Exploring cliff habitat at Banta Gulch. Photo John Stansfield.
Bristol Brewing Karma Happy Hour,
to benefit Wild Connections
Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 6 - 8 PM
Ivywild School (1604 Cascade Ave),
On Tuesday, February 4th, Bristol Brewing Co in Colorado Springs will be benefiting Wild Connections through its weekly Karma Hour event!
Every Tuesday night between 6 and 8 p.m., Bristol donates a dollar from every pint sold to a chosen nonprofit. This is one of their ways of giving back to the community. On February 4th, Wild Connections is the chosen nonprofit. This money will go toward helping to preserve wild areas in the region and the region-wide connecting links that keep the ecosystem intact. This is also an opportunity to meet and speak with representatives from Wild Connections, and to learn more about Wild Connections, what we do, and what our plans are for 2020 and beyond. Bristol Brewing is an independent Colorado brewery and pub located in the former Ivywild School, a vibrant community market place and gathering spot at 1604 South Cascade Avenue in Colorado Springs, just south of the downtown and is accessible from the Tejon Street exit to I-25. Bristol Brewing has created a whole stable of innovative and sustainably produced beers. The pub offers a full menu of meals and appetizers.
For more information about this Karma Hour event, visit: http://www.bristolbrewing.com/events/karma-hour-78/
Bristol Brewing Co at former Ivywild School in Colroado Springs.
Help Preserve the Red Canyon Stewardship Trust Property.
Comment by February 6!
The Colorado State Land Board (SLB) is considering a mining proposal by Martin Marietta Materials to exchange the 647 acre Red Canyon Stewardship Trust parcel, southwest of Colorado Springs in eastern Fremont County, and adjacent to BLM's Beaver Creek Wilderness Study Area, for smaller parcels of land nearby and elsewhere.
According to the SLB, the parcel was designated for protection in 1998 due to its “significant natural values, the sound stewardship of which will preserve the long-term benefits and returns to the state.”
These “natural values” have not diminished in 20+ years.
A pair of Mexican spotted owl fledglings. Apache Sitgreaves National Forest. Photo NPS.gov
Wild Connections and the Pikes Peak Sierra Club studied, nominated, and advocated for Stewardship Trust status for Red Canyon in 1998 and we achieved it.
Now we want to continue protection for the parcel and we need your help.
Wild Connections has more info on the Red Canyon Stewardship Trust proposed quarry exchange, public comment talking points, and where to submit comments available on our Red Canyon State Trust page, under the Conservation tab.
Lincoln Mountain Open Space,
Easy Hike or Snowshoe
Saturday, February 8, 2020
9:30 AM - 2:00 PM (Trailhead to trailhead times)
Join our sponsoring groups for an easy hike or snowshoe depending on trail conditions. The hike will cover four miles with 200 feet of elevation gain. Situated in southern Douglas County near CO Hwy. 83, the open space trails traverse large meadows interspersed with forest patches. Along the way, we’ll learn about the conservation treasures found in Douglas County open spaces. And optional: We’ll finish the outing with hot beverages and snacks at the leaders’ house nearby. Before the trip, leaders will advise participants as to whether snowshoes are necessary. If we are hiking, some trail segments may be muddy. Bring snowshoes (if necessary), sturdy, water resistant boots, clothes appropriate for the weather forecast, water, lunch, and usual dayhike essentials. This trip is sponsored by Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition. Maximum 15 participants. The outing will depart at 9:30 AM from the Lincoln Mountain trailhead at 7333 Jones Road, .6 mile west of CO Hwy. 83. For more trip and carpool information and required registration, contact John Stansfield, 303-660-5849 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by 5:00 PM, Friday, February 7. Signup Provisions: This hike is posted on multiple forums, however space is limited. To officially register, you must contact the hike leader, John Stansfield.
Lincoln Mountain Open Space. Photo Douglas County.
Wild Connections' mission is to identify, protect, and restore wildlands, native species,
and biological diversity in the Arkansas and South Platte watersheds.