Category Archives: Features

North Fork National Forests. So what is a GMUG?

Crossposted at Conservation & the Public Lands “Essentially democratic in spirit, purpose, and method” America’s public lands are a national birthright, an exemplar of global conservation leadership, and a tremendous source of local pride and benefit.  In the North Fork Valley our National Forest lands are a testament to the foresight of leaders from more more »

Mosquitoes, Beetles & Global Warming – Climate Change and Colorado’s Great Outdoors

(Crossposted at Colorado Pols) Colorado, summertime. The living is easy… Sure we have some of the best winter recreation in the world, and Color Sunday drives and hunting season make fall the busiest part of the season for many Colorado communities. But there is something about a Rocky Mountain summer that is hard to beat. more »

Proposed BLM Rule Could Recoup Billions for U.S. Taxpayers, Help Avert Climate Catastrophe

(Crossposted at Colorado Pols) Like a number of communities in Colorado, the valley where I live has been engaged in an effort to constrain oil and gas development to keep it out of our water supplies, our favorite recreational areas, our towns, farms and communities. This effort has been met with mixed success.  We banded more »

The “Church,” Climate Change, and the Decline of the Bees

(Crossposted at Colorado Pols) The Pope is getting all the news today on Climate, having clarified – the faithful are told to believe—that God is not OK with trashing the earth, and that we need to do something about that. “The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.” But as Francis more »

Join Us At the Western CO Climate Challenge

Western Colorado Climate Challenge & Solar Fair May 1 -3 in Paonia, Colorado Hosted by: Climate Colorado and Solar Energy International   “Solving Colorado’s Climate Crisis through Rapid-Prototyping Change” Sponsors include The Hive Paonia, Western Slope Conservation Center, Mountain West Strategies, and Community Office for Resource Efficiency Tickets available here   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday more »

So, What is ‘Advocacy Campaigning’?

Cesar Chavez – “We don’t organize to educate. We educate to organize.” Sweet Victory! Think you need a stop sign on the corner? Want to stop a fracking waste pit? Homeowners’ board giving you trouble? Then you might be considering how to develop an ‘advocacy campaign.’  Boiled down, an advocacy campaign is a methodical and more »

The Art of Advocacy: Finding Your Way with Strategies and Tactics

 “To see things in the seed, that is genius.”   Lao Tzu   In its simplest sense an advocacy campaign is a methodical, strategic effort to convince a decision-maker to make a specific decision by a certain deadline.  It involves a campaign goal (as described above), strategic objectives, development of tactics and anticipated outcomes, campaign more »

Overview to Campaign Development

 So you’re ready for some change? What To Do Now?   If you have decided to develop an advocacy campaign, you might be wondering what happens next.  The tangible result of campaign development is the campaign plan, its product is the functional campaign itself, and its purpose is to reach the campaign goal.  The campaign plan is thus made more »

The Plight of Backwater County

Crafting the Winning Campaign Sometimes we have to show up.  For whatever reasons, there we are facing the prospects of developing an advocacy campaign.  Where do we start?   In the three-part Advocacy Campaign workshop series, the Art of Advocacy starts with some ideas on what makes a successful campaign. Overview to Campaign Development  follows with basics of campaign more »

North Fork Valley Protests BLM Oil and Gas Lease Sale

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 17, 2012   Local Government, Hundreds of Citizens, Wineries, Farmers, Businesses, Sportsmen Organizations, and Conservation Groups all file protests over North Fork oil and gas lease sale   PAONIA-Today a diverse and substantial number of protests were submitted to the Bureau of Land Management Colorado State Office over the North Fork more »