Thanks for being willing to take action on behalf of our public lands! Here are issues where we could really use your help:
- Tell the BLM to listen to the public and (once again!) cancel the illegal leases – The BLM just released a provisional Draft Environmental Impact Statement on it’s analysis of the illegal leases in the Thompson Divide to local governments. We haven’t seen a copy, but Pitkin County’s comments were pretty revealing. BLM is headed in the wrong direction and once again it looks like they aren’t listening to the public’s request to protect the Thompson Divide and cancel the illegally issued leases. Send them a letter asking them to listen to the public once and for all.
- Thank Sen. Bennet for announcing he’ll work to introduce a wilderness bill to protect the Continental Divide – Senator Michael Bennet just announced he’ll work towards introducing companion legislation to U.S. Congressman Jared Polis’s 2015 Continental Divide Wilderness and Recreation Act. This is a big step forward in the effort to protect lands in Colorado’s Central Mountains in Summit and Eagle counties. Rep. Polis’s bill would protect nearly 60,00 acres of land as wildernes and recreation and conservation management areas. Sign a thank you note to Sen Bennet toady.
- Weigh in on the proposed lease swap for the Thompson Divide and North Fork – Oil and gas companies have proposed to trade 30,000 acres of leases in the Thompson Divide for a similar amount in the North Fork Valley. While this could benefit communities near the Thompson Divide and North Fork (by protecting additional lands in that watershed), it is crucial that industry, county commissioners and most importantly our congressional delegation know how you feel about the proposal.
- Become a Wilderness Workshop activist – To protect our beloved backcountry and wildlands, including places like the Thompson Divide and the Central Mountains, it’s going to take a citizens’ movement! That’s where you come in. It’s going to take creative, attention-getting and sometimes massive displays of public support to make our message heard all the way to DC. It also takes lots of little action that add up to something big. Our activists have done so much to protect public lands from organizing a rally, to writing a letter to the editor, to stuffing envelopes. Just let us know how you want to help out!