Forest Planning Impacts You: Comment by Friday 12/8

What do you see out in the national forest? Tell the Forest Service what you think about the conditions you see and what should change in the revised Forest Plan. Photo: Lydia Stern The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest launched revision of...
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Happy Thanksgiving from HCCA!

Featured Photo: Lydia Stern Fresh snow, colorful sunrises, shortening days…the changing of the seasons seemed to come quickly this year, but it always brings a time of reflection. Looking back on this year, we were faced with serious new challenges and threats to our...
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Report finds that flaring methane is safe, achievable and feasible

Raven Ridge Resources, Inc. recently analyzed methane emissions data from the West Elk coal mine and concluded it would be safe, technologically achievable, and economically feasible to flare the mine’s methane that is currently emitted through West Elk’s methane...
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Gov. Hickenlooper’s Climate Plan Ignores West Elk Coal Mine Pollution

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions ignores Colorado’s number one source of methane pollution ― the West Elk coal mine in Gunnison County. The governor’s Colorado Climate Plan is open for public comment through November 3, and High Country...
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40 Years of Saving Red Lady: It’s Not Over Yet!

Featured Photo: Brett Henderson Over HCCA’s 40 years of preserving Mt. Emmons from the threat of mining, the playing field has taken many different forms. The mining claims and water treatment plant have changed owners five times, but our objective has remained the...
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Public Lands Advocacy in the Gunnison Country

Featured Photo: Brett Henderson In the early 1980s, only a few years after being founded, HCCA expanded its work beyond keeping Mount Emmons mine-free—we teamed up with other stakeholders to successfully challenge a proposed timber sale on Kebler Pass. Since that...
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HCCA’s Water Program: Protecting the Upper Gunnison Basin for 26 Years

Featured Photo: Jeremy Wallace Whether it’s the snow we ski on in Red Lady bowl, the early season runoff that flushes Oh-Be-Joyful Creek, or water collected in our tiny cutthroat tributaries, these waters nourish our ecosystems here and downstream. As citizens of the...
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Seeking Volunteers For this year’s Paradise Cleanup!

On Saturday, October 21, 2017, HCCA will combine efforts with over twenty nonprofits, land management agencies, local ranchers, governments and businesses in this year’s Paradise Cleanup of the upper valleys. We all know of the impacts to our valleys from dispersed...
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Statement of Conservation Groups on Trump’s draft decision approving coal mining in roadless Colorado forest

DENVER, Colo. – Today, the Trump administration issued its final environmental review, proposing to approve Arch Coal’s application to expand West Elk’s coal mine leases into 1,700 acres of roadless wildlands in the Gunnison National Forest. The plan would green-light...
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HCCA Wildbird Party and Annual Board Elections

Save The Date! HCCA Wildbird Party and Annual Board Elections 145 Wildbird Lane     |     Thursday, September 21st     |     5 p.m. - 7 p.m. The HCCA board and staff cordially invites you to join us for a fall evening at Wildbird to celebrate our past successes and...
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The public lands heist continues:

Just a few days after Trump's revocation of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments, two bills were introduced to solidify Trump's actions in law. If the “Grand Staircase-Escalante Enhancement Act” (H.R. 4558) and the “Shash Jaa National Monument and Indian Creek National Monument Act” (H.R. 4532) pass, it would be almost impossible to gain back protections for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase, which is why we encourage you to TAKE ACTION!

Our Congressman, Scott Tipton, sits on the House Committee that will vote on these bills. Call Representative Scott Tipton today, (970) 241-2499 (Grand Junction), (970) 259-1490 (Durango), (202) 225-4761 (Washington D.C.), and tell him to vote NO on H.R. 4558 and H.R. 4532.
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CAPITAL WATCH: Last week, President Trump launched the greatest assault on public lands in U.S. history, significantly shrinking both Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monuments. Now, two bills are in Congress which would codify in law Trump’s changes. These bills are clear evidence that Trump’s actions were illegal. Learn more and sign on to an action letter at www.wildernessworkshop.org/action/capital-watch/

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