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!
We were the team leaders of a team that headed up to Washington Gulch. Our team of 8 started near the bottom of the switchbacks and headed back down valley from there. We removed a lot of trash like car parts, cinder blocks, mattress springs, even a bucket full of poop. We also decommissioned some unnecessary fire rings, and cleaned up the ones that remained in place.
At our meeting a little over a week ago, we unveiled our Mapping Project! We are trying our best to gather data about users who venture into our winter trailheads and backcountry terrain, primarily on National Forest lands. We want to know who is using our winter trails, for what purpose, and how often. We intend to use this data to help make educated and informed decisions about winter travel management, especially when the Forest Service decides the winter travel management plan needs to be reviewed.
On Tuesday, January 19th, the Crested Butte Town Council will be having a session which will be of particular importance to those interested in winter trailhead use. At 6 pm, there will be a work session which is described as a “discussion between Council, Staff, Crested Butte/Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce, Nordic Center, and the Crested Butte Land Trust about Issues Relevant to Winter Trail Use.” At 7 pm, the town council meeting begins, and Silent Tracks will be presenting to the town council. According to the published agenda, they are set to present at 7:55 pm. Both the work session and the town council meeting will be held at the Crested Butte Town Hall. We encourage all who are interested in winter trailhead use to attend both the work session and the town council meeting as these should be very informative, and with knowledge comes power. While we at Share the Slate believe that all voices should be heard, we also remind attendees to be respectful of others. Spread the word! And keep on remembering to #sharetheslate #sharethevalley!