Information: Join us from 5-7PM on Thursday, September 28 at 11th Street Station for Durango Green Drinks! Hosts this month are Grand Canyon Trust, The Wilderness Society, and La Plata Open Space Conservancy.
The Grand Canyon Trust is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to making sure the region’s natural wonders, communities, and cultures thrive. Founded in 1985, their mission is to safeguard the wonders of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado Plateau, while supporting the rights of its Native peoples. They envision and work toward a Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau where:
-Wildness, the diversity of native plants and animals, clean air, and flowing rivers abound.
-Sovereign tribal nations thrive.
-A livable climate endures.
-People passionately work to protect the region they love for future generations.
They are a staff of more than 30 (including four in Durango) that works on issues ranging from cultural landscape protection to forest restoration, to uranium mining and milling reclamation to environmental justice action. They stand behind Native Nations across the plateau by supporting Tribal life ways, uplifting Indigenous knowledge, and collaborating on shared conservation goals. They have a membership of more than 3,000 and an active volunteer base of more than 400. Together, they work tirelessly to protect the Colorado Plateau’s remarkable landscapes.
The Wilderness Society is the leading American conservation organization working to protect our nation’s shared wildlands. Since 1935, The Wilderness Society has led the effort to permanently protect nearly 110 million acres of wilderness in 44 states. They have been at the forefront of nearly every major public lands victory. The Wilderness Society's mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places. They contribute to better protection, stewardship and restoration of our public lands, preserving our rich natural legacy for current and future generations.
La Plata Open Space Conservancy (LPOSC) is a land trust based in Durango that works with landowners across six counties in Southwest Colorado to permanently protect open spaces, wildlife habitat, working farms and ranches, recreational parks, and cultural resources. Since 1992, LPOSC has permanently protected 25,000 acres of land and 49 miles of river, including 1,700 acres of public open space. LPOSC’s community-based programming includes collaborative, nature-based experiential learning opportunities for youth; land stewardship workshops for landowners; and developing land access solutions for new and beginning farmers.