We are striving to preserve winter travel access for all users groups in the drainages that encompass the Gunnison Valley.
Our efforts include, but are not limited to:
- Outreach Education – We educate people about the new OSV Rule and what it means for Gunnison Valley and how to engage in the current Forest Revision and upcoming Winter Travel Planning process. Additionally, we educate backcountry users about other user groups, cultivating a culture of compassion.
- Code of Conduct – We are developing a code of conduct for winter backcountry travel so that all users can learn to coexist in our winter backcountry.
- Researching, Tirelessly – The situation at hand is indeed complex and we are pulling together our resources to obtain the best information possible to keep you, and us, informed. We also keep you informed of when we need you to take action.
- Communication – We communicate with National Forest, government officials, and other local and national organizations to advocate for our cause. We also encourage communication between user groups.
- Data Collection – We support third party data collection in efforts to support our cause. Currently, we have been working with various Masters in Environmental Management students at Western College University to gather data about the number and types of users who access our winter backcountry trailheads.
As we grow, and identify more needs, our efforts will continue to expand.