Wilderness Protection



Colorado is rich with rivers, redrock canyons and pinyon-juniper covered mesas, mountains, forests – areas that many Coloradans enjoy for rafting, fishing, hunting, camping and a wealth of other recreational activities. Yet only a fraction of these wildlands have been protected in their wild state as wilderness. The Colorado Wilderness Network (CWN), the wilderness protection branch of the Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance, was formed to protect the year-round wildlife habitat and outstanding opportunities for solitude and backcountry recreation that our canyon county has to offer.

Members of CWN work to protect wilderness by connecting citizens to the land through fighting short-sighted oil and gas development projects in CWP areas,and seeking support from elected officials for statutory wilderness protections. SRCA and CWN advocate for the safe-guarding of these spectacular wild places in the CWP until they can be permanently protected by Congress.

The efforts of CWN are coordinated by Colorado Environmental Coalition, Colorado Mountain Club, The Wilderness Society San Juan Citizens Alliance and, Sheep Mountain Alliance. Also participating are groups as diverse as the Colorado Wildlife Federation, Fugahwe Senior Hikers, and Colorado River Outfitters Association.

 
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