We’ll see you this Sunday for “Dinner at the Depot”!

Please Join HCCA this Sunday for “Dinner at the Depot” 40th Anniversary Celebration featuring W Mitchell Sunday, July 30th, 5 p.m. The Depot, 716 Elk Avenue This summer’s Dinner at the Depot (HCCA’s annual membership meeting) will combine with a celebration of 40...
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Forest Planning Community Meeting This Thursday in Gunnison

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) and Gunnison County are co-hosting a public open house to discuss Forest Plan revision. The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 27 in Gunnison at the Fred R. Field Western Heritage Center (275 S....
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Last Chance to Comment on Gunnison Coal Mine Expansion

We’re just days away from the deadline for submitting comments on the proposed expansion of the West Elk Coal Mine in Gunnison County. Have you weighed in yet? The Forest Service is accepting comments until July 24 on Arch Coal’s proposal to lease 1,700 acres of...
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Announcing the release of “Stranger to the Woods”

Photo by Lydia Stern High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA) is very pleased to announce the release of Stranger to the Woods, a children’s book written by board member Sue Navy with beautiful color illustrations by local artist Suzanne Pierson. Stranger to the...
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The Future of Coal in Gunnison County

A drive over Kebler Pass is a rewarding trip for Gunnison Valley residents and visitors alike. The expansive views of the West Elk Mountains, with their iconic aspen forests, have inspired many to heed the call of the wild. HCCA staff members did just that last week,...
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Trump pushes coal mining in Gunnison National Forest days after repudiating Paris climate agreement

Forest Service Pushes to Mine Next to West Elk Wilderness, Giving Arch Coal Access to More than 17 Million Tons of Coal   Just days after announcing the U.S. will exit the Paris climate agreement, the Trump administration on June 8 pushed ahead with plans for...
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Forest Plan Revision Underway! Learn More on June 15

If you’re a fan of the Gunnison National Forest and care about its future, then you can’t afford to sit out during Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) Forest Plan revision. On June 5th the Forest Service launched a once-in-decades opportunity...
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Summer 2017 Red Lady Progress + Water Quality Update

Featured Photo: Lydia Stern Red Lady Progress Update Now well into 40 years of protecting Mt. Emmons (known locally as “Red Lady”), we are continuing toward a permanent protective solution for this mountain while also working to reduce heavy metals loading in a...
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Tell the White House not to eliminate our public land agencies. Comments due June 12th!

Do you think we should get rid of the National Park Service? The Forest Service? Department of Interior? Yeah, neither do we. But a couple weeks ago, the Trump Administration threatened to dismantle the agencies responsible for taking care of our cherished national...
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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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