Rampart Range Wildlands Project
Conserve wildlife habitat and quiet-use recreation opportunities in the last remaining truly wild place along Colorado's Front Range corridor through federal and permanent legislative protection.
The Rampart Range Wildlands Project is an initiative of the Colorado Mountain Club's Denver and Pike's Peak chapters. We aim to work with a diversity of stakeholders in determining how best to protect this special area while also being conscious of others needs. Threats include encroaching motorized recreation as well as oil and gas development.
By securing an increased level of federal protection this area will remain an island of quiet use recreation, with opportunities to find solitude, and conservation of wildlife habitat for generations to come. This unique and special mid-elevation mountain range (located just 40 miles south of Denver and 20 miles northwest of Colorado Springs) offers a rare opportunity to protect the last remaining truly wild place along the Front Range.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Palmer Lake Open House: May, 20th 7-9 p.m. - Join us at the Palmer Lake Town Hall to learn about our efforts and discuss the future of the Rampart East roadless area. A short presentation will be followed by an information gathering session.REGISTER NOW
A celebration of 50 years of Colorado wilderness with John Fielder: May 21st 6-9 p.m. - The CMC, Rocky Mountain Wild, American Mountaineering Center, and Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Sierra Club host a happy hour and evening with renowned photographer John Fielder at the American Mountaineering Center in Golden. This FREE event honors the 50th anniversary of the wilderness act and includes a spectacular slideshow of Fielder's work accompanied by beautiful music. All of Fielder's work including a special 50th anniversary edition of Mountain Ranges of Colorado will be available for purchase and signing. 30% of all proceeds from the sale of Fielder's materials will be donated to the sponsoring organizations. Space is limited REGISTER NOW
This event is part of a month long exhibit of displaying Fielder's work at the American Mountaineering Center from May 6th through June 6th.
Bioblitz: June 21st and 22nd: Rampart Range Road - A bioblitz endeavors to identify all plans and animals in a given area. Your participation is critical to ensuring our campaign has a good understanding and reliable documentation of the biological resources of this unique and special area. A report will be compiled and used for future protection of this area. We hope/expect to find several rare plants and animal species. We anticipate a number of day-long hiking groups of varying difficulty to be lead by CMC trip leaders accompanied by scientists and volunteers. Camping will be available but even if you don't want to camp come for the day!
6-21: Birding in Ice Cave Creek area
6-21: Upper Stark Creek
6-22: Upper North Monument Creek
Please stay tuned for additional hikes.
Ice Cave Creek Trail Project: Every Second Saturday of the month from June-October - This year's work picks up where we left off last year, after building 0.4 miles of new trail along the Ice Cave Creek drainage about Palmer Lake. In 2014, we are realigning and repairing trail further up the canyon. This is a BIG project, so we need lots of volunteers and crew leaders. Please consider joining us for one or more of the following dates:
June 7th - Register
July 12th - Register
August 9th - Register
September 13th - Register
October 11th - Register
BENEFITS OF WILDERNESS
A higher level of protection will conserve wildlife habitat thus increasing hunting, fishing, and wildlife viewing opportunities.
A 2012 Outdoor Industry Association Report suggest quiet-use recreation contributes $10 billion a year to the state's economy, generates nearly $500 million in state tax revenue, supports 107,000 jobs, and produces $7.6 billion in annual retail sales and services.
The Headwaters Economics suggests federally protected lands result in increased economic activity for nearby communities and an increase in per-capita income.
A rare opportunity to permanently protect a mid-elevation ecosystem containing at least 3 federally listed threatened species.
Protect and enhances water quality for surrounding communities
“Wilderness is not only a haven for native plants and animals but it is also a refuge from society. It’s a place to go to hear the wind and little else, see the stars and the galaxies, smell the pine trees, feel the cold water, touch the sky and the ground at the same time, listen to coyotes, eat the fresh snow, walk across the desert sands, and realize why it’s good to go outside of the city and the suburbs. Fortunately, there is wilderness just outside the limits of the cities and suburbs in most of the United States, especially in the West” – John Muir
The Colorado Mountain
Club and its partners will be talking to local communities, user groups, and other stakeholders to
determine which parts of this area are most suitable for higher levels of protection.
To learn more please contact Josh Kuhn the Colorado Mountain Club's Wildlands Advocate.