August Mountain Memo

August Mountain Memo E-Newsletter

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Mt. Emmons Federal Land Exchange and Conservation Easement

Community Open House – August 24, 4 PM to 6 PM – Crested Butte Center for the Arts – King Community Room

Please join us to learn more about the historic land exchange and conservation easement project to protect Mt. Emmons forever.

The Crested Butte Land Trust, in partnership with Mt. Emmons Mining Company, Town of Crested Butte and Gunnison County are at a significant point of agreement regarding the extinguishment of future mining and development on Mt. Emmons including protection for legal public access to Red Lady bowl. With support from High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA) and Coal Creek Watershed Coalition (CWCC), the Crested Butte Community is at the cusp of a historic victory to protect the land and water of the Gunnison Valley from a large mine in the upper Gunnison Basin.

Long Lake Trail Day with CBMBA

If you’ve been up to Long Lake recently, you may have seen the fantastic work that the Crested Butte Conservation CorpsCrested Butte Mountain Bike Association (CBMBA), and volunteers have put into the new trail sections.

Looking to get your hands dirty? Join us and CBMBA for a trail building work day on Wednesday, August 24 at 4 PM at Long Lake. Park in the parking lot adjacent to Meridian Lake Dam. Hope to see you there!

Email jon@cblandtrust.org with any questions.

Summer Field Trips

We hope you can join us in getting outside with partner organizations on our upcoming field trips with Glo from the Crested Butte Museum on Wednesday, August 24, and with Dr. Rosemary Carroll on Monday, September 19.

During our summer field trip series, Land Trust staff and supporters got together earlier this month with Coal Creek Watershed Coalition (CCWC) staff to tour the Gunsight Processing Area and learn about CCWC’s 2017 reclamation project. This site once held over 15,700 cubic tons of mine waste and contaminated materials, creating acidic drainages and high levels of metal concentrations that exceeded water quality standards. Thanks to the work of CCWC, it is estimated that this reclamation project prevents around 260 pounds of cadmium, copper, lead, and zinc from entering our waterways per year.

Thank you to CCWC for all of their work in keeping our watersheds clean! You can read more about this Gunsight reclamation project here.

Email jessica@cblandtrust.org to sign up for our August 24 or September 19 field trips.

Partners in Conservation

Here, we highlight fellow organizations and businesses committed to preserving the open spaces that make our home so special.

Have you gotten out on any trails this summer? If you have, you’ve likely encountered the amazing work done by the Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association. Please enjoy the video below to learn more about their mission.