Share Your Voice to Protect Our Treasured National Monuments – Comments Due Soon!

Photo: Brett Henderson While High Country Conservation Advocates is a local organization that focuses on protecting our backyard in the Gunnison Country, we recognize that elsewhere the environment needs an effective voice. Currently, at least 27 national monuments...
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Will Arch Coal Shortchange Gunnison County?

For much of Gunnison County’s history, coal has loomed large as an economic driver. Today, only one coal operator remains, Arch Coal’s West Elk mine, located near the western end of Kebler Pass. The West Elk mine’s environmental impacts are very, very real. The mine...
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Support healthy headwaters! Help us meet our $15,000 matching goal.

HCCA Water Program Director, Julie Nania, explaining her favorite ecological aspects of Brush Creek. Photo: Lydia Stern   Dear Friends, I am contacting you today because we have an unprecedented opportunity to raise $30,000 to support our efforts to protect local...
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Celebrate Earth Day by Saying “Yes” to a Sustainable Gunnison County and “No” to Dirty Coal Mine Expansion

How will you celebrate Earth Day?  Photo: Jeremy Wallace Gunnison County is home to the West Elk coal mine. Owned by St. Louis-based Arch Coal Co., the West Elk mine produced 4.16 million tons of coal in 2016 from public lands in Gunnison County. And now it wants to...
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March 2017 Red Lady Update

Throughout the beginning months of 2017, progress has continued toward the objectives outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding signed by the Town of Crested Butte, Gunnison County, state agencies, and the new owner of the mining and millsite claims on Mt. Emmons...
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Last Chance to Take Action on 35-Well Gas Proposal in Gunnison County

Public comments on the North Fork Mancos Master Development Plan (NFMMDP) are due March 22! Please tell the BLM that the special public lands in the crosshairs of this proposal are no place for industrial natural gas development. Gunnison Energy has proposed a 35-well...
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Thank you for coming out to the Red Lady Ball(s)!

On behalf of the HCCA board and staff, THANK YOU! Photo: Jeremy Wallace High Country Conservation Advocates would like to thank everyone who came out to the Double-Header 40th Anniversary Red Lady Salvation Ball last week. This year’s two-night affair was...
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ACTION ALERT: Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act of 2017

We have great news to share today! On March 1 Senator Michael Bennet introduced the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act of 2017 to protect more than 172,000 acres in Gunnison, Pitkin and Garfield Counties from the possibility of future mineral leasing....
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The Red Lady Ball(s) Are Just One Week Away!

The Double-Header 40th Anniversary Red Lady Salvation Ball is coming up next week on March 9-10, 2017 at the Eldo. Please join us in your finest red regalia for either or both nights to make our Double-Header—Double Redder and a celebration to remember!  ...
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The Opportunity of a Lifetime! Cat Ski with Band Members of The String Cheese Incident!

The ultimate SCI fan dream prize! Support High Country Conservation Advocates and bid on your chance to cat ski with members of The String Cheese Incident in Irwin, Colorado with Eleven Experience. The lucky bidder (and a friend) will have the time of their life!...
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