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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Fracking in the Upper North Fork Valley – Our Backyard Needs Protecting!

HCCA is seeking sign on's to this letter from our local businesses in Gunnison County to show our concern about the impacts to our economy and environment from the NFMMDP and other natural gas development proposals in the North Fork Valley. If you are interested in...
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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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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