Have you been following ongoing efforts to build a more sustainable, long-term vision for Gunnison County’s public lands? If you’re like us, you care deeply about balancing the rapid growth we’re witnessing with conservation to protect local lands, waters and wildlife. Fortunately, there are actions in place to develop community-based plans for progressive, conservation-centered public lands management. We encourage you to check out the following opportunities to learn more.

Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI)

Photo: Mary Schmidt


GPLI is a coalition of ten local organizations, including High Country Conservation Advocates, working to protect public lands, enhance a strong and sustainable economy, and support historic uses of public lands. Can you join us at any of the following events?

Pint Nights
Join us at the Brick Oven in Crested Butte on Monday, August 21st from 5:30 – 7:30 or in Gunnison on Wednesday, August 23rd from 5:30 – 7:30 at the High Alpine Brewery. We will have proposal maps to look at and happy to talk through any questions or comments you have on the GPLI proposal. Throw in some great specials on beer, and you have a recipe for a fun evening.
September 9 Soap Creek Hike
Join HCCA and GPLI on a free, guided hike up beautiful and rugged Soap Creek, bordering the southwest part of the West Elk Wilderness. On this hike, we will hear how the GPLI proposal aims to protect big game migration routes and maintain the area’s high-quality wilderness character. We’ll meet in Gunnison on Saturday, September 9th at 9:00 a.m. and be back by 3:00. Interested? Please RSVP by clicking HERE or contact Matt Reed.
Support Letters
Signing a letter of support for GPLI is one of the easiest ways to help us protect our public lands. GPLI will use your signature to show local and state elected officials how much people care about Gunnison County’s public lands. Please show your support by clicking HERE.

Forest Plan Revision

Photo: Mary Schmidt


In June, 2017, the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest (GMUG) initiated the three-year process to revise its stale, 34-year old Forest Plan. If you were unable to attend the GMUG’s public open house in Gunnison, don’t worry! The agency is hosting two free webinars to discuss the process and opportunities for public engagement. They will be held on: