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We help the US Forest Service look after three Wilderness Areas. Rollover to enlarge.
June 6 VOLUNTEER RANGER TRAINING - Saturday 6/6 - Minturn Ranger Station (MAP). Details HERE. OVERNIGHT CAMPSITE & TRAIL WORK TRIPS - each is Fri-Sun. July 17 - 19: Upper Cataract Lake (Eagles Nest Wilderness) July 31 - Aug 2: Lake Constantine (Holy Cross Wilderness) August 14 - 16: Missouri Lakes (Holy Cross Wilderness) August 28 - 30: Slate Lakes (Eagles Nest Wilderness)We've also scheduled a WEED PULL for Saturday, JULY 11
On Sunday, April 5th ESWA appealed for volunteers in the Vail Daily and Summit Daily newspapers. We hope to attract people who want to help us steward Wilderness in Eagle and Summit Counties. The announcement will appear again on April 19th. Click HERE to learn more. Plans are subject to change depending on the pandemic.
In the April eNewsletter Dr. FRANK GUTMANN describes our work with the CROSSCUT SAW, the most important tool for clearing Wilderness trails of deadfall trees. In 2019, the US Forest Service and ESWA volunteers cleared from trails more than 2,500 trees that had been killed by the pine beetle a decade ago, and are now falling across trails in record numbers. ESWA is seeking volunteers to become CERTIFIED CROSSCUT SAWYERS. Please consider joining us! Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOGS IN WILDERNESS - In the March eNewsletter FRANCES HARTOGH examines the challenging issue of leash laws for dogs inside designated Wilderness. She reviews the compelling evidence that dogs - especially when off-leash - unfortunately have serious negative impacts on Wilderness.
Wolf reintroduction in Colorado? It's on the ballot. In the February eNewsletter two experienced, respected experts - Eric Washburn & Jim Pribyl - weigh the issues and come to an unambiguous conclusion.
Out with the old and in with the new. In the January eNewsletter outgoing Chair BILL BETZ talks about 2019 and incoming Chair MIKE BROWNING introduces himself and outlines an agenda for 2020.
The December eNewsletter is all about NWSA - The National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, formed in Colorado about a decade ago. Author Dave Cantrell was there from the start. Read about how NWSA knits together the fabric of volunteer non-profit organizations, including us, into a vibrant, busy wilderness preservation network.
WE ADVOCATE. If you find value in wilderness, we hope that you will support the 5 worthy campaigns that form our ADVOCACY portfolio. Read updates from each in our special newsletter The five campaigns are: 1. The CORE Act - 400K acres protected 2. Buck Berlairmont - stop luxury development in WRNF 3. Lower Blue Residents United - stop open pit mine in unspoiled ranch country 4. Safe Passages - protect wildlife from collisions with vehicles on Vail Pass 5. Rename the Gore Range - possibly to the Nuches Mountains (Ute word for "Ute")
In the November eNewsletter LANE WYATT describes efforts to reverse the degradation of the Blue River, which lost its coveted GOLD MEDAL STATUS in 2016. Lane describes the criteria for achieving Gold Medal status, shows the data that reveal the sorry Blue River status, and describes the plans of a group (BREW) to restore the river through a series of carefully monitored variables and controlled treatments. The SUMMIT DAILY wrote a parallel article, derived from our newsletter
October 24: We are in the process of changing our name to Eagle Summit Wilderness Alliance. And, we have a NEW LOGO. The logo comes in different arrangements, like the rectangle (right), or a square: or a circle, nice for patches: The jagged line through the letters traces the horizon of Eagles Nest Wilderness as seen from the west. The logo was created by the folks at KIND DESIGN, who generously discounted our cost. PLEASE NOTE: These changes won't become official until after COLORADO GIVES DAY (Dec 10), so look for us as Friends of Eagles Nest Wilderness until then. Let us know what you think of the new logo. Send your comments to us at email@example.com and we'll post them here.
<background="blue">Our annual thank you party for volunteer rangers was held for the 5th year at Jay's Cabin above Vail Pass, thanks to the generosity of the Ogilby family, and the planning and hosting by Ken Harper and spouse Pam Kennedy. ELLIE FINLAY was awarded Volunteer Ranger of 2019 (she will use her REI gift card towards new boots - she burned hers out on the trail!) Lots more pictures HERE.
1 October: The FENW/ESWA October eNewsletter features an essay called NATURE AS HEALER by SUSIE KINCADE, environmental activist, Nature-based coach, and Founder of the Women’s Empowerment Workshop. Susie writes, "We know wild nature feeds our body, mind and spirit. Nature’s magic melts away the creases on our face; our breathing slows and deepens, shoulders let go, anger/frustration/anxiety dissipate, and a sense of calm softens our energy. This is Nature as medicine. And the science is pouring in to support this."
10 September: Our co-founder, CURRIE CRAVEN, was profiled in an article in the SUMMIT DAILY. Then, on 14 September, Currie was presented with the first annual Currie Craven Award for wilderness Stewardship by FENW/EWSA Chair Bill Betz (left), a stained glass panorama of Eagles Nest wilderness viewed from Ptarmigan Peak Wilderness, brilliantly fashioned by local artist Gail Shears (right).
September 1: In the September eNewsletter JENNIFER HOPKINS describes the work of the BLUE RIVER WATERSHED GROUP (BRWG). Since their founding in 2004, they have completed a number of educational, planning and river restoration projects. Currently, they are working on restoring Gold Medal fishing status to a portion of the river (that coveted status was lost in 2016).
August 18: WilderFest – our Annual Meeting on a perfect summer day at the beautiful Frisco Historic Park. USFS Dillon District Ranger BILL JACKSON (left) celebrated our 25 years of partnering to protect Wilderness. Others (below) described plans for our new name (EAGLE SUMMIT WILDERNESS ALLIANCE – ESWA), announced the winner of our photo contest (see next post below), held a lively silent auction, unveiled the first Currie Craven Award for Wilderness Stewardship (left, displayed by MARYANN GAUG and artist GAIL SHEARS), and generally enjoyed seeing friends. Click HERE for more photos (facebook).
MARIA LEECH won first place in our 2019 PHOTO CONTEST. Maria will receive a canvas-mounted copy of her photo. The photo was taken from the summit of Buffalo Mountain looking north towards Red Mountain Pass. Maria was an intern wilderness ranger with the Dillion Ranger District last summer and participated in numerous multi-day trips where she and her crew cleared dead trees from trails, mitigated illegal campfire rings, and educated visitors. Congratulations, Maria, from everyone at FENW/ESWA. The photo is our number one display on this website.
1 August - The August FENW eNewsletter is all about the famous 1935 Colorado Mountain Club expedition into the heart of the Gore Range. Written by Stan Moore, whose father Charlie led two dozen women and men on a two week explosion of peak bagging - including some first ascents, the newsletter features a wonderful gallery of historic photos.
6 July - Read about the WEED MITIGATION work of JIM ALEXANDER on the front page of this week's SUMMIT DAILY. Jim is carrying on the long tradition established by JOHN TAYLOR. Sign up for Jim's crew to map weed infestation sites (which will be treated by trained crews that are funded by a $16,000 grant obtained by Jim and awarded to FENW). Read more about Jim's work in a recent FENW eNewsletter. ALSO - join Jim and John this Saturday at the SALT LICK trail for a weed pull sponsored by the SIERRA CLUB.
1 July 2019: In the July FENW eNewsletter, MIKE BROWNING talks about his 1990 ascent of Mt. Everest, and how vastly different it was than the recent crowds. Mike and his small team pretty much had the mountain all to themselves. Mike reflects on how his experience on Everest impacts his appreciation of our Colorado Wilderness areas, and offers concrete advice for us as we think globally and act locally.OLDER POSTS