Peak & Prairie

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October / November 1999


What are Local Sierra Club Groups Working On? 

by Kirk Cunningham, Conservation Chair

The following information was gleaned from brief Group delegate reports at the July Chapter Executive Committee meeting in Durango. If you want to contact any Group of interest, call the Group delegate whose number appears on the second page of this newsletter.


Indian Peaks Group (IPG):
City Council elections are the subject of an IPG voting research and candidate identification effort. We already have one former IPG ExComm member who is planning to run. The IPG yearly Hike-a-thon fund-raising event netted about $1100.

South Platte Group (SPG):
The Group is recovering from a long legal battle over the Chatfield Arboreteum, and is now working to thwart a trail corridor through a wetland.

Mount Evans Group (MEG):
The Guanella Pass Road DEIS is out and being evaluated. The Group has submitted an alternative to the alternatives in the DEIS and is seeking public comment in support of its alternative.

Poudre Canyon Group (PCG):
The Group is compiling a report on the costs of growth and sprawl locally and will use it in an educational campaign, hopefully with electoral consequences. The plan is attracting a lot of interest.

Enos Mills Group (EMG):
Their biggest effort is on the GO Denver ballot initiative, but they are also doing some work on the Citizens' Management Alternative for the Pike-San Isabel National Forest Plan.

Weminuche Group (WG):
The Group raised a fair amount of money in the March Appeal, and recently manned a booth featuring Rep. DeGette's BLM wilderness bill at a local fair.

Sangre De Cristo Group (SdCG):
Chair Alan Urban is back "on-line" after an absence. The Group is close to victory in its long-term effort to promote alternatives to chemical weapons incineration. They have also co-sponsored a growth containment forum in Custer County, and are opposing a cement plant west of Pueblo.

Rachel Carson Group (RCG):
The NW Parkway and Rocky Flats management are their chief issues now. A stringent growth limitation ballot initiative for Arvada got sufficient signatures to get on the November ballot with the help of Group members.

Blue River Group (BRG):
The Willow Creek Highlands subdivision was successfully opposed on the grounds of its threats to ground water. The BRG is working with other organizations on cleaning up abandoned mine problems on Peru Creek. They are also working on watershed water quality issues using a software supplied by the Electric Power Research Institute.

High Plains Group (HPG):
The Group now has a functioning Conservation Committee with seven new activists, and is looking for issues to take on.

Uncompahgre Group (UG):
A selenium task force on which the Group is represented is working on water quality monitoring with an EPA grant. They are looking into phytoremediation (i.e., involving plants) of selenium soil contamination problems using kanaf and have found a buyer for the wood grown. They have managed to slow down an in-stream gravel mine. Their area recently had a visit from Regional Forester Lyle Laverty who said that the Forest Service's new priority is now "watershed management."

(Note: The Trappers Lake Group did not have a representative at this meeting)

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