Echo Canyon, Table Mountain at Bighorn Sheep Canyon. Photo EcoFlight.
Meeting Schedule: all are from 5:30 pm 7:30 pm
July 8, Salida; July 9, Cañon City; July 11, Fairplay; July 15, Walsenburg; July 18, Denver
July 22, Colorado Springs (Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou Street, Colorado Springs, CO 80904)
July 23, Greeley (Greeley Recreation Center, Room 101 ABC, 651 10th Ave, Greeley, CO 80631).
Please attend one of these public meetings and speak out for protecting more of our wildlands. Let the BLM know how dissatisfied and disappointed you are that our local public and cooperators input is being completely ignored, and that this "preferred alternative" is not preferred by Coloradans
You are invited to hike with us
Jack Hall Mountain, photo John Sztukowski
Sunday, July 21
9:30 AM to 3:30 PM (Trailhead to trailhead times)
Jack Hall Mtn. in the Badger Creek Proposed Wilderness
A BLM Wild Lands Outing
At 11,000 feet, the ridge crest known as Jack Hall Mountain stands as the highest point in the Badger Creek proposed Wilderness east of Salida. Badger Creek and several other nearby wildlands are moving through Congress toward permanent protection in the 2019 Colorado Wilderness Act. This moderately strenuous hike will total five miles with 1,300 feet of elevation gain.
The Jack Hall ridge tells a remarkable ecological story with one side scenic and pristine, while the other presents the aftermath of recent beetle infestation, resulting in salvage timbering operations. Along the trail we will discuss these stark contrasts and document the current situation with photos for our personal and organizational archives. We’ll also learn about the BLM’s ongoing Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan, how it could affect the area, and how you can protect its wilderness character by commenting on the environmental impact statement now under review.
Bring sturdy boots, clothes appropriate for the area 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. A Colorado Springs carpool will depart at 7:30 AM.
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, Saturday, July 20. Signup Provisions: This hike is posted on multiple forums, however space is limited. To officially register, you must contact the hike leader, John Stansfield, above.
31 Mile Mountain view, photo Wild Connections
Saturday, August 10
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Trailhead to trailhead hiking time)
Thirtyone Mile Mountain Day Hike
A BLM Wild Lands Outing
Thirtyone Mile Mountain is a peak along Currant Creek at the south end of South Park and northwest of Canon City. The area contains an interesting mix of habitats, from a riparian corridor to high montane grasslands, as well as spruce, aspen, and bristlecone pine forests. Learn how wildlands such as these promote connectivity and wildlife movement across the landscape and provide wildlife with refuges from more intensively-used land parcels. Learn also about the Bureau of Land Managementâ€™s ongoing Eastern Colorado Resource Management Plan, how it could affect the area, and how you can protect its wilderness character by commenting on the BLM's recently issued environmental impact statement.
This will be a moderate hike of about six miles with 1000 feet elevation gain to the northern, BLM portion of the area. It will be partly along old, unmaintained roads and partly off-trail. Bring lunch, water, raingear, and clothing suitable for the weather conditions.
This trip is sponsored by Pikes Peak Group Sierra Club, Wild Connections, and Central Colorado Wilderness Coalition. Maximum 15 participants. A carpool will meet in Colorado Springs. For more trip and carpool information and to register, contact Jim Lockhart 719-385-0045 or e-mail email@example.com by 5:00 PM, Friday, August 9.
South Park Alpine Restoration Projects
Beaver Creek - Trail & Boardwalk
Friday, Aug 16 - Sunday, Aug 18
For more information and to register for the Beaver Creek Trails Project, visit WRV's page here.
Sheep Creek - Road Removal Saturday, Aug 31 - Sunday, Sept 1
For more information and to register for the Sheep Creek Restoration Project, visit WRV's pagehere.
Registration is now open for two of our 2019 South Park Alpine Restoration Projects!
In the summer of 2018, Wild Connections, along with long-time partners, USFS South Park Ranger District, Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI), and Wildlands Restoration Volunteers (WRV), completed two large South Park Alpine restoration projects, in a series of South Park restoration projects that will continue into 2019.
Learn more about our 2018 South Park Alpine Restoration Projects here and other of our restoration projects here.
Illegal track leading up Sheep Creek Photo Misi Ballard.
Films For a Green Planet Film Series
March - July, 2019
Show Time: 7:00 PM
Cañon City, CO
United Presbyterian Church, 701 Macon Ave
Wild Connections is proud to be a sponsor of Films for a Green Planet, a Cañon City community environmental film series. Some movies may be prefaced or followed by a guest speaker and brief discussion. Wild Connections' John Sztukowski spoke before the April 25 showing about local public lands issues and opportunities.
These films are free and open to the public!
Wed, March 27: Bag It
Thursday, April 25: Symphony of the Soil
Thursday, May 30: Food, Inc,
Thursday, June 27:Last Call at the Oasis,
Thursday, July 25: Uranium Drive-In brings to light an American West whose iconic landscape is subject to the immense destruction that is the consequence of our national energy policy decisions. The film offers a range of perspectives that will spark dialogue about where our energy comes from and what sacrifices we make to meet our growing energy demands.
Films For A Green Planet Film Series.
Wild Connections' mission is to identify, protect, and restore wildlands, native species,
and biological diversity in the Arkansas and South Platte watersheds