Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Celebrating Alberta Park and Honoring Wolf Creek

This afternoon I heard about plans for a big celebration up at the Wolf Creek Ski Area, (a short walking distance from the targeted Alberta Park), it'll happen on Saturday June 20th.  The spirit of the event is "Honor Wolf Creek" and what better way to honor this wonderland than to spend some time being in the middle of it.  

It also seems that it could be an excellent opportunity for people from all over the state, and beyond, to come together and make some new friends, while graphically showing the powers that be how many people are opposed to allowing the destruction of this natural resource, that is the Alberta Park watershed.  A keystone component of the Rio Grande river's source waters. 

If you believe the biological productive Alberta Park watershed is more than just another "externality" to be bulldozed by tunnel-visioned developers in pursuit of a 1980s pipe-dream, join the celebration! 


Art for the Endangered Landscape: 
Honoring Wolf Creek 

Friends of Wolf Creek is planning an informative and inspiring art opportunity this summer, honoring Wolf Creek Pass. Artists of all disciplines will converge at the Wolf Creek Ski Area on Saturday June 20, 2015 to spend the day in the creative process. 

Then, a traveling art show and sale featuring art works, interpetation and music inspired from Wolf Creek will run in Pagosa 9/26 to 10/26 and Alamosa 10/30-11/29. Durango and Denver dates TBA!

Art for the Endangered Landscape: Honoring Wolf Creek will take place on Saturday June 20, 2015, at the Wolf Creek Ski Area, above Pagosa Springs.

This Art Day will be an opportunity for artists to honor the beauty and majesty of this high country landscape that straddles the Continental Divide. Through painting, prose, drawing, photography, videography, songwriting, sculpture, printmaking, poetry, and dance artists will express their connection to this wild and pristine location. Art works created at the event will become part of a traveling show that will share the beauty and plight of Wolf Creek Pass with the public.

Regrettably, this may be the last chance to experience the wildflowers, bird song, and summer serenity of this area in the San Juan Mountains. If developers have their way bulldozers could be on the hillside as early as next spring, constructing a “village” for up to 8,000 people on the land adjacent to the ski area. This forest will be replaced with condos, hotels, retail space, and traffic.

Art for the Endangered Landscape is one of many tools that activists are using to draw attention to this issue. To learn more about efforts to keep Wolf Creek Pass wild, visit the Friends of Wolf Creek website at

To participate in Art for the Endangered Landscape contact the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council at


If you are interested in exploring the many reasons why "developing" Alberta Park promises nothing but destruction, liability and loss, I offer the following background information:


What is "Reasonable Use" of Alberta Park at Wolf Creek, Colorado?

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FENS Resource Category 1 USFWS "Mitigation Policy"




Shared Comment VWC-DEIS 35945 -1.7.1 
Health and Human Safety at a High Altitude Resort
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Shared Comment VWC-DEIS 35945 - 3.4 
Water Rights and Use
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Shared Comment - VWC-DEIS 35945 - 1.10 
The ANILCA act of 1980
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Shared Comment - VWC-DEIA 35945 - 4.7.1 
Direct and Indirect Environmental Consequences
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Shared Comment - VWC-DEIS 35945 - 
Why no Impact Study of the costs of a failed VWC development?
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Rio Grande National Forest: Village at Wolf Creek Access Project

The Rio Grande National Forest is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement to analyze the effects of the proposed Village at Wolf Creek land exchange.
Location Summary
The federal and non-federal parcels to be considered are entirely within Mineral County, Colorado
District: Divide Ranger District

Project Documents
Date Published
  1. Scoping

    1. VWC Final Scoping Notice (PDF 57kb)
    2. Scoping Letter for the Village at Wolf Creek Land Exchange Proposal
    3. Fig1 (PDF 993kb)
    4. Figure showing the current private parcel surrounded by the Rio Grande National Forest
    5. Fig2 (PDF 1007kb)
    6. Figure showing the proposed land exchange Federal and non-Federal parcels
    7. Fig3 (PDF 998kb)
    8. Figure showing potential access location from U.S. Highway 160
    9. 20110419VWCNOI (PDF 53kb)
    10. Notice of Intent to prepare and Environmental Impact Statement for the Village at Wolf Creek Land Exchange Proposal

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