50th Anniversary

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Wilderness Workshop has been fighting to designate and protect public lands since 1967. 2017 marks our 50th anniversary, and we are so grateful for the continued support of this community. Wilderness Workshop started with three thoughtful, passionate women— “Maroon Belles” Connie Harvey, Dottie Fox, and Joy Caudill— using grassroots momentum to secure congressional designation for the Hunter-Fryingpan, Collegiate Peaks, Raggeds and West Elks Wilderness Areas, and doubling the acreage designated within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

After that goal was successfully met with passage of the 1978 Endangered American Wilderness Act and the 1980 Colorado Wilderness Act, the organization evolved to continue to advocate for wilderness, public lands protection, and wildlife habitat. Through our many years and evolution, Wilderness Workshop has remained true to its grassroots origin, and strives to promote community involvement as a front line tool. Here’s to another 50 years!