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Learn about our landscape

Dear Editor:

We write to urge attendance at Wilderness Workshop’s Naturalist Nights presentations taking place Wednesday nights at the Third Street Center in Carbondale (5:30) and at ACES (co-sponsor) on Thursday nights (7:30).

These events are a great opportunity to learn about local natural resource issues, no matter your environmental inclinations. We’ve been attending for several years now. The casual, free, and informative lectures lure a wide range of folks, from old-time ranchers to young hoola-hoopers and professionals. We’ve learned about bat populations up the Crystal, threats to local bighorn sheep, concepts like the “trophic cascade” and the importance of predators in ecosystem health, and the impact that human use and development can have on other forms of life.

Last week’s program focused on the crucial role wildlife corridors play in allowing animals the freedom to roam across large landscapes. Many of these programs focus on the biological importance of mid-elevation lands, which are at greater risk and are less protected than the spectacular alpine landscape.

The presentations are just one more great reminder why we all live here: a wonderful community in a remarkable landscape. Support your own understanding of the local landscape and show up!

Jane and Dick Hart


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