Wilderness Monitoring

Sloan Shoemaker

WW executive director Sloan Shoemaker checking air quality readings at the top of Aspen Mountain. Photo courtesy of Martha Moran.

Since 1984, WW has been working with the U.S. Forest Service’s Aspen Ranger District in a unique, long-term, cooperative partnership: the Wilderness Monitoring Program. Originally established to monitor wilderness trail and campsite conditions, the program has expanded to gauge air and water quality and invasive weeds.

This program provides essential baseline data against which we can evaluate the environmental impacts of any new activity – say, gas drilling. And, the program provides feedback to the Forest Service to ensure that these wilderness areas are being managed in compliance with the standards set forth in the White River National Forest Management Plan.

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