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Thank you for signing up to receive our Rocky Mountain Wild News! We send out news periodically (usually one every month or every other month). Be sure to add Rocky_Mountain_Wild@mail.vresp.com to your approved contacts so you can be sure to see our emails.
But first, here’s what we’ve been up to most recently:
  • We’ve worked with a coalition of organizations called Friends of Wolf Creek to stop the proposed “village” at Wolf Creek Pass and recently had some wins in the courtroom! A federal court ruled in our favor for our merits case and upheld a challenge to that ruling! Unfortunately, the Leavell-McCombs sent a letter to the Forest Service demanding road access to build their Village anyway. The Rio Grande National Forest announced its intention on July 19 to circumvent the federal court ruling to provide road access. We are encouraging everyone to submit an objection to this project.
  • We’ve been working with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to find and map lands with wilderness characteristics. Using our Assessment of Biological Impact tool, we advocate for their protection.
  • We have been monitoring along I-70 using wildlife cameras, and we have hundreds of thousands of images to look through! Our monitoring project documents the animals in the I-70 Wild Byway’s proposed site so that we can help inform the bridge design. Along with our partners at Denver Zoo, we developed an interactive Zooniverse page where citizen scientists can help us identify the wildlife that are captured in the photos!
  • We are currently in the field, with our partner, the Denver Zoo, collecting data for our Front Range Pika Project, which is a long-term study of the changes in the distribution of American pika. This year, we are working on gathering data from more sites!
  • This summer, we are touring Colorado with our Wild I-70 Audio Tour! The Wild I-70 Audio Tour introduces listeners to the wildlife and environments beyond their windshield. Quirky stories, unusual facts, and science help explain how lynx, wolves, humans, and more all use this important movement corridor.
  • This summer, we also launched our Wednesdays in the Wild program! Every fourth Wednesday of the month, the 100 Women for the Wild presents “Wednesdays in the Wild.” We have films, hikes, and activist opportunities planned for these Wednesdays. These events are free and open to the public and are a chance to connect with others in the community who care about furthering the mission of supporting women in STEM fields.
Those are the highlights of our major programs currently. If you would like to get involved in any of them, please do let us know! We definitely have volunteer opportunities. We also have opportunities to support our work by becoming a member or a donor.
If you want to follow us on social media, we do have a Facebook page and our Twitter handle is @RockyMtWild.
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