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Wilderness picnic

May Selby
Riding to the Bells last Sunday afternoon before stopping by the Wilderness Workshop picnic.
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Last Sunday proved to be a picture perfect day for a picnic near the Maroon Bells. Local non-profit organization, Wilderness Workshop, hosted their annual Wilderness Picnic for friends and members at the East Maroon trailhead on the sunny Sunday afternoon.

The Wilderness Workshop, which now has 700 members, is the conservation watchdog of the 2.25-million-acre White River National Forest. According to WW development director, Dave Reed, our “mission is to keep these backcountry areas ‘as is,’ and where possible, to restore and reconnect wildlife habitat.”

WW staff and board members pitched in to host the enjoyable outdoor event, taking turns tending to the grill, adding ice to the beverage trough and keeping conversation flowing. Quite a few of the picnickers arrived at the party by bike, either en route to and from The Bells. Bluegrass musicians Sandy Munro and Steve Johnson lent a pleasant air to the picnic as they picked on their instruments in the grass.

Among the picnickers was WW co-founder Connie Harvey, one of the three “Maroon Belles” who had the vision and dedication to follow their dream of protecting wilderness.

Upcoming WW events this summer include a series of hikes in proposed wilderness areas that are targeted by the Hidden Gems Wilderness Campaign. For more information and to view the schedule, click on http://www.wildernessworkshop.org


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