A four-part lecture series hosted by the U.S. Forest Service and WCU’s Masters in Environmental Management program commences this Thursday evening. It will explore various facets of winter recreational use in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG.) This series is FREE and open to the public! It is essential that vested individuals such as YOURSELF attend opportunities such as this! As the Forest Service is under mandate to implement a Winter Travel Management Plan in the next year or so, we must educate and involve ourselves in this process in order to protect our interests to maintain current access to our beloved drainages for ALL users. We hope to see YOU at the University Center North Ballroom on the WCU campus in Gunnison on Thursday from 6:30 to 8. See the flyer below for all details.
We regret to inform you that this event has now been cancelled due to too much snow. Yay winter! On Sunday, October 21, Share the Slate will combine efforts with over twenty nonprofits, land management agencies, local ranchers, governments and businesses in this year’s Paradise Cleanup of the upper valleys. Please plan join us and show how much Share the Slate cares! Each organization is designated one clean-up zone, so the more Share-the-Slate-specific volunteers show up, the greater a job we’ll do with our assigned zone! We all know of the impacts to our valleys from dispersed camping and other uses, and on cleanup day we will band together to help our Paradise recover from a summer of heavy enjoyment. The more the merrier, and the more we can accomplish. Volunteers will meet at the Visitor Center parking lot at 10:30 AM, where First Ascent will provide coffee (make sure to bring your own mug!) We will be treated to a barbecue, beer and prizes following the cleanup at 3 PM at Oh-Be-Joyful.Bring warm clothes, work gloves, water and friends and families to this real community-building event. To help keep this project as zero-waste as possible, please bring your own plate, cup and utensils. You’ll be so glad you helped!
So, let’s back up and remember why Share the Slate began… We began a few years back because a segment of our local population expressed interest in reducing motorized use or access to our winter recreation areas. But, the main reason why this segment of the population felt empowered was due to the OSV (Over-Snow Vehicle) Ruling which became law in February, 2015. Basically, a group called Winter Wildlands Alliance sued the National Forest, requiring the already financially-burdened organization to create Winter Travel Management Plans (summer ones already existed) for every National Forest. It’s taken some years for them to really start this process, but the first Winter Travel Management Plans are just now being developed. Even though these are currently located in California, these are extremely important to us in Colorado as they will set the precedent for future Winter Travel Management Plans – and ours is coming soon!