“I hunt, fish, climb mountains, and make part of my living as an outfitter. The public lands sustain me and my family in every way.” Tony PrendergastRead More
We appreciate that GPLI is taking a creative and practical approach to identifying specific areas for SMAs and Wilderness. By using both SMA and Wilderness designations, GPLI’s proposal will protect important backcountry areas while allowing highly valued activities like hiking, hunting, fishing, livestock grazing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing and motorized touring to continue.Read More
Mendicant Ridge has been proposed as part of the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative’s extension to the West Elk Wilderness. We’ve been hiking and hunting in the area for over a decade and wish to see this kind of backcountry experience available to all of us and our heirs, in perpetuity. GPLI’s proposal would ensure that the scenic, recreational and ecological integrity of this area remains intact.Read More
In Gunnison County, several entities exist to help protect public lands from development for several reasons. Most reasons include managing development and/or recreation, or striking a balance between the two. Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI) is one of those entities, and although only three years old, it is bringing different organizations and stakeholders together at the same table to develop a creative land use plan that it hopes the entire community will support.Read More
Other congressional bills that aim to protect wilderness areas currently exist, and smaller initiatives abound — some that even overlap with DeGette’s bill.
Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI) also has looked at areas adjacent to the West Elk and Powderhorn Wilderness areas and determined that they are worthy of preservation, yet their initiative is locally-driven and more comprehensive for Gunnison County.
“We have, I think, a much broader vision for what Gunnison County could look like for public land protection,” said GPLI coordinator Hilary Henry.Read More
The One Valley Prosperity Project has asked Gunnison County residents to define what “prosperity” means to them. There are many pieces to prosperity for local businesses, but healthy public lands are critical in a County that is 83% BLM and Forest Service lands and heavily reliant on tourism and recreation.Read More
GPLI’s proposal for the protection of public land will permanently protect some of our most important habitat, headwaters, and ecosystems in Gunnison County. In doing so, the areas protected will retain the quality of wild places where one can seek solitude, enjoy scenic views, and appreciate natural landscapes.Read More
I’d like to take this opportunity to shed some additional light on the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI) as I believe the overall concept greatly supports the primary reason many of us choose to live in Gunnison County — our backyard. The views we have from the top of our peaks, our rivers and streams full of trout, our expansive system of trails, and the nearly unlimited opportunities to get into the backcountry.Read More
We are writing to voice our gratitude for the hard work of our Representative Scott Tipton and Senators Michael Bennet and Mark Udall in the passage of the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act this past December.Read More
Maintaining the incredible fishing in Gunnison County means protecting our public lands as they are—wild and free from unnecessary development. That’s why I support the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative.Read More
During the last couple decades there have been numerous proposals to protect public lands in Gunnison County. None were adopted or implemented. There is a new initiative, however, that is a forward-thinking, well-balanced legislative proposal that has garnered support from a variety of stakeholders.Read More
We’re excited to announce that Crested Butte Nordic is partnering with the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI) to host a free community Nordic ski up the Slate River Valley on Sunday, December 7 at 12:30 pm.Read More
I am writing to voice my support for the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI) as a first-year student in Western’s new Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) program, studying Integrative Land Management.Read More
This spring, I was fortunate take over coordinating the Gunnison Public Lands Initiative from my predecessor, Laura Yale. GPLI is a coalition of groups in the Gunnison Valley working with Colorado Senator Michael Bennet to protect our public lands. I am honored to be a community resource for a project that has such an incredible potential to shape the future of Gunnison County.Read More