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In the FENW December eNewsletter, John Fielder, Colorado’s “Photographer Laureate” describes a new and unexpected threat to the beautiful, unsullied lower Blue River Valley – an open pit mining operation at the foot of Ute Pass. Read his personal essay in the eNewsletter, and his public, urgent call to action HERE.
Mike Beach
National Recognition Mike Beach, our USFS representative from the Eagle Ranger District just won the Bob Marshall Award for Individual Champion of Wilderness Stewardship, an important nationwide honor.  Anyone who has worked with Mike and seen him cut a trail with a McLeod knows how impressive a worker he is. But this award recognizes the valuable work he does both inside the wilderness and outside with the public. We are proud to work with Mike and offer our heartiest congratulations!

SLATE LAKES trail project: 27-29 July 2018

Trail Boss Kate led a hearty crew up beautiful Slate Creek for some trail and campsite work.
The intrepid crew of eleven volunteers and two llamas obliterated more than a dozen illegal campfire rings, installed two new signs, and hauled out many pounds of trash. To read TBK’s trip report, click HERE, or
Click HERE for pictures of work projects and the beautiful Slate Lakes


Dr. Paul Sutter, Chair, Department of History, University of Colorado
In the FENW August eNewsletter, Paul Sutter, author of the fascinating and authoritative history of the wilderness movement Driven Wild – The Automobile and the Making of Modern Wilderness, relates current challenges to Wilderness to battles fought nearly a century ago.

In the FENW July eNewsletter, Dr. Esther Doyle writes movingly about finding your “Home of the Heart.” She describes “those places that we encounter with a shock of recognition. We know immediately that they are ours. We claim them perhaps because they first claim us.” Esther identifies three essential components to such a place: separateness, solitude, and simplicity.

From FENW's Trail Boss Kate: Hello everyone, I wanted to share a few pics of our new trail LLAMAS. Katherine, Alex, Mike and I made the trek to Dove Creek, CO (outside of Telluride), this last Thursday to bring POWELL and DOMINGUEZ to their summer quarters. The gray/black llama with the white star on his face is Powell and the extra fuzzy brown and white llama is Dominguez, or DOM for short. Dom and Powell have set up residence at the Minturn FS compound where they have a pasture to graze and a shelter to stay tucked away from cougars and bears during the night. The trails and wilderness crew and I are working on a rotating schedule to care for and exercise the llamas. If any of you are interested in meeting Powell and Dom, I encourage you to give me a shout so we can set up a walk or a visit. Just think! Dom and Powell are with us this summer to support our wilderness trail work projects THANKS TO YOU AND YOUR SUPPORT. Have a wonderful evening and stay tuned for more trail project and llama updates. Best, Kate

The June FENW e-newsletter features The Mystery of Aerie Cabin, by Maria DiBiase Eisemann. The old mining cabin, located high in Eagles Nest Wilderness, was rediscovered 50 years ago, after lying unknown the previous half-century. Maria writes movingly about her research about the place, and her personal journey of discovery.

Meet the 2018 class of USFS Wilderness Ranger Interns. Rollover an image to read the profile.


Read about Environment for the Americas – EFTA – in the FENW May newsletter, written by its founder and Executive Director, Dr. Susan Bonfield. EFTA is committed to protecting the migratory birds that we all love, especially by enlisting young people in the birds’ winter habitats in Mexico and Central America.

The Summit County Rescue Group is at the forefront of readiness, expertise, and commitment when it comes to rescuing lost, injured, or stranded visitors to the backcountry 24/7/365. While about two-thirds of the calls they receive self-resolve, they deploy 50-90 times a year, usually in rugged terrain, often after dark, and frequently during foul weather. Read about this amazing organization in the FENW April newsletter, written by Charles Pitman.
Charles Pitman in action
The FENW RETREAT was a huge success, thanks especially to Stuart Dodd
 (standing, 6th from right), Chair of IPWA (Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance) whose skills as a facilitator kept us thinking, discussing, laughing for seven hours, even through a working dinner. The entire Board, two US Forest Service reps, and several interested volunteers kept up a steady rain of ideas. 
The walls were covered with our results - a few examples: 

Senator Kerry Donovan writes about her famous grandfather, Bill Mounsey, in the March FENW Newsletter – and there’s no mistaking the resemblance! Read how Bill fought CDOT over the I-70 route, the US Forest Service over the size of Eagles Nest, and especially the Denver Water Board over water rights. Kerry writes also about his outsized life, and the deep influence that he had on her personal life.

FENW had an informal party at Ollie’s Pub in Frisco.
Trail Projects leader Kate Demorest proposed, planned, and hosted the event.
Several dozen board members and friends attended. More pictures HERE.

100,000 acres for WE THE PEOPLE in Summit and Eagle Counties: In our February Newsletter, Vail environmental activist and founder of the famous Women’s Empowerment Workshop Susie Kincade describes the wonderful bill before Congress that will create new recreation areas, new Wildernesses, new game management areas, and the nation’s first National Historic Landscape at the famous Camp Hale. The amazing thing is that all of this will be accomplished without limiting any activity currently permitted, but will just guarantee opportunities for outdoor recreation for generations, right in our neck of the woods. Click for MAP

TV PREMIER: The Walker family rebuilt their famous cabin on Bighorn Creek last summer, using traditional tools. A team of photographers monitored progress, and their splendid production was shown on the DIY channel on January 16. More here.

Meet Tim Drescher, FENW’s new President, in the January 2018 Newsletter. Tim writes about his love of wilderness, and the photo journal that he keeps documenting the many backcountry trips that he takes with his wife Kelly and dog Max. We are entering a new era at FENW, and Tim will convene a comprehensive planning workshop, combining plans for a celebration of our first 25 years (in 2019) with a roadmap for the future. He urges wilderness lovers like you to get involved – just email us at info@fenw.org expressing your interest.

FENW has received its biggest donation EVER! Breckenridge residents Susy and Bill Gillilan have donated two-thousand dollars to FENW. They are true friends of the environment – and Wilderness in particular – Bill is a Volunteer Wilderness Ranger with FENW.
The Gillilans, residents of Breckenridge, have made an extraordinarily generous donation to FENW.
Bill & Susy could not have made their gift at a better time. FENW, led by new President Tim Drescher, faces growing challenges, including overuse by our loving public, underfunding to the USFS, and increasing pressures on public land protections.   Read more about Bill’s illustrious career HERE.