A Step Backwards for Coal Impacted Streams

Thinking about brighter days on the water. Photo: Lydia Stern Our basin continues to make strides forward with protecting local water resources. However, environmental protections for streams have recently been challenged at the national level. In December 2016 the...
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Watershed Management Planning: Let the Planning Commence!

The signature meandering bends of the East River. Photo: Brett Henderson In November the Upper Gunnison River Watershed Management Planning Committee applied to the Colorado Watershed Restoration Program (CWRP) for funding to support watershed management planning in...
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Cool Temperatures for Our Trout

Sam showing off a Brown Trout. Photo: Brett Henderson Stream temperature is a crucial component of aquatic ecosystem health. Elevated stream temperatures can put our fishy friends in a position where they really struggle, particularly when paired with low flows and...
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Go With the Flow: Instream Flow Updates

Jeff supports instream flows...do you? Photo: Jeremy Wallace Fish need water- and we’re working to assure that they have room to swim. An instream flow is a legal water right to protect a quantified minimum amount of water in a stream. Over the past few years, High...
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Bad Public Lands Legislation Continues Unabated 

Featured Photo: Lydia Stern It’s almost a full-time job keeping track of the onslaught of short-sighted, irresponsible, anti-public lands legislation emanating from Washington, D.C. Currently there is a bevy of bad bills, all of which would impact Gunnison County...
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35-Well Master Development Proposal for Gunnison County Public Lands

Gunnison Energy proposes to drill up to 35 gas wells from four new well pads and one existing well pad and to construct access roads and gas pipelines in Gunnison County. Construction and development activities are anticipated to begin in late spring or early summer...
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Coal Mine Expansion in Gunnison County – Where Do We Go From Here?

For over a decade High Country Conservation Advocates has been defending Gunnison County public lands from proposals for coal mine expansion in pristine roadless areas. Our 2014 landmark legal victory in federal court invalidated the Colorado Roadless Rule loophole...
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That Didn’t Take Long! Congress Already Initiating Major Attacks on Public Lands

Two significant attacks on public lands in a matter of days underscore how public lands are being targeted by our partisan Congress. First, on January 3, 2017 the U.S. House of Representatives adopted a rule that paves the way for efforts to convey public lands to the...
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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! HCCA is honored to host THE STRING CHEESE INCIDENT for the 40th Annual Red Lady Salvation Ball!

The moment we have all been waiting for is here!  High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA) is beyond excited to host the String Cheese Incident (SCI) Winter Carnival for the 40th Annual Red Lady Salvation Ball.  Mark your calendars for Friday, March 10, 2017 to...
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Obama Administration Signs Death Warrant for Colorado Roadless Forest, Jump-Starts Trump’s Attack on Climate

For Immediate Release Friday, December 16, 2016   Matt Reed, High Country Conservation Advocates | matt@hccacb.org | 303.505.9917 Jeremy Nichols, WildEarth Guardians | jnichols@wildearthguardians.org | 303.437.7663 Nathaniel Shoaff, Sierra Club |...
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I first came to Crested Butte in 1979; My purpose was to help the newly-formed HCCA oppose a mine on Red Lady. Since then HCCA has led the way in defining and protecting an attractive as opposed to an extractive economy. In the place of tons of ore, HCCA has made our valley’s main export environmental beauty and integrity.

Rod Nash

Author, Wilderness and the American Mind