Peak & Prairie

Rocky Mountain Chapter's
Online Newsletter
June / July 1999



Make a Difference

Volunteer Opportunities Available



Volunteers are needed to monitor the numerous Major Investment Studies underway around the metro and Front Range areas. Monitors for the Air Quality Control Commission are also needed. Contact: Bill Myers, 303-935-6810 



A. Person to track ecosystem mapping activities around the state, see that groups are aware of field work opportunities and get announcements into the Peak & Prairie and group newsletters. Contact Jean Smith, or 303-388-3378.

B. Mapping in the Pike and San Isabel National Forest—Help identify wilderness qualities of selected areas, confirm potential closures of jeep roads or motorized trails and complete the boundaries of remaining roadless areas in the headwaters areas of the Arkansas and South Platte rivers. Training is required of new mappers, along with a commitment for two-three weekends of field work and a fall debriefing session. 4WD drive vehicle, GPS skills, biology/naturalist background are helpful, but you can do it without those extras! Training will be on Saturday, May 15, 12:30-4:00 at Columbine Library, 7706 West Bowles, Littleton. If there is enough interest, a training can be set for Canon City or Pueblo.

There is no charge for this training, but pre-registration by email, mail or phone is required. Contact Jean Smith at or 303-388-3378 for information packet and/or registration forms.

C. Mapping BLM Wilderness Areas—Two types of surveys will be done: 1) Wilderness Characteristics surveys will unequivocally document the value of the areas for wilderness designation; and 2) boundary surveys will ensure that major human impacts are not accidentally included within the proposed wilderness. Contact Kurt Kunkle at 303-534-7066 or for details about training and mapping at South Shale Ridge, Adobe Badlands, Weber Mountain, Beaver Creek, Pinion Ridge, Bangs Canyon, Vermilion Basin, Thompson Creek, Bull Gulch, Roan Plateau, Powderhorn, Beaver Creek, Castle Peak and Grape Creek.



Wanted, definitely alive. Volunteers for the Legislative Committee will be working with other dedicated volunteers on environmental legislation; sometimes at the state capitol; sometimes in meetings; sometimes your work can be done from your home (phone calls and letters). On occasion you will have the opportunity to interact with legislators. It will help us if you already have one or more of the following: good organizational skills, good people skills, good verbal skills, good writing skills, passion and knowledge of issues related to environmental conservation. This work is seasonal in nature because when the legislature is in session (January-May) our strategy is to educate and respond to legislative actions. When the legislature is in recess (June-December), our work is directed toward building our networks and strategizing for pro-active positions.

Please send your contact information (your name, address, interest areas, skills and time you can commit) to: with “volunteer for legislative committee” in the subject line. Thanks.



Wanted: Sierra Club members willing to help put out the Peak and Prairie mailings. Nimble fingers for affixing labels to newsletters is useful. Homes to hosts the mailing are always appreciated. Call Angela Medbery at 303-433-2608. The mailing parties for the Peak & Prairie are held in the Denver area and Ft. Collins. Your local group also can use volunteers to help put out local newsletters.



A. Wanted: People who are concerned with pesticide use and misuse. As we enter the summer spray season, pesticide problems do occur. Each incident is handled a little bit differently and you will quickly become an expert on the “regulation” of pesticides. Call Angela Medbery at 303-433-2608.

B. Wanted: Folks willing and able to donate time and energy and strong backs with local weed control activities. While strong backs are not always necessary they are helpful for some of the stand up work we do. Contact Angela Medbery at 303-433-2608.



Concerned about the impact of our exponential population growth on our environment and quality of life? The Population Committee organizes presentations on population-related issues, actively supports funding of domestic and international population programs, and holds regular planning meetings. Volunteers are needed to help coordinate events and to help contact committee members regarding legislative alerts. Your help would be appreciated! For further information, contact: Fred Elbel, or 303-220-7499.



A. General water quality activist wanted. We try to do a number of things in this committee, some very technical, others just require an avid interest in protecting aquatic and wetland ecosystems and human health, AND a willingness to learn new skills and concepts toward this goal. Position requires approximately 4 hours/month of volunteer time.

B. Issue “expert” on wetlands permits (section 404, Clean Water Act). Permits to allow the destruction of wetlands for one sort of development or another are issued several times per month for projects in Colorado. Many are essentially non-controversial, others deserve as detailed comments from the Club as possible. Comments from the Club are generally fairly considered and answered by agency personnel. Experience in law, hydrology, ecosystem science is definitely helpful. Contact Kirk Cunningham, or 303-939-8519.



A. HPG is in need of someone willing to act in a leadership role in the group coordinating conservation campaigns. No experience is required but energy, creativity and an ability to work well with others is a must. This is a great opportunity to learn activist skills and to make a big difference in our group. People with interests in wildlife are especially welcome.

B. Do you love discussing the latest ideas in the environmental movement? Are you a “people person” who would enjoying organizing events for our group? We are needing someone to coordinate speakers, events, and programs for HPG. This position offers you an opportunity to use your creativity and to make many new contacts in the environmental community.

C. HPG is in need of someone to coordinate our outings program. We are looking for someone to recruit new leaders and to put together creative experiences for our group. Share your passion for the outdoors with others while you help our group grow! Contact Dianna VanderDoes, or 303-699-2036.


SOUTH PLATTE GROUP (SPG - W. Arapahoe & Douglas counties)

The SPG has a volunteer opportunity for a Newsletter Editor. All it takes is familiarity with WordPerfect or MSWord and being on the Internet. We will train. Contact Mike Mueller. or 303-850-7883.


by Greg Casini, RMC Chair

The Rocky Mountain Chapter is a truly grassroots organization. All officers and chairs are volunteers.  We are simply the voice of the people who care about the environment. We offer opportunities that will enrich your skills, widen your network of friends, and even look good on your resume. All will help the Sierra Club achieve its goals. To find out more about becoming a Sierra Club volunteer, fill out the member survey in this issue or call Mary Romano at 303-861-2844.



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