In today’s polarized society, natural resources have become the battleground for issues such as government size, national budget, arms control, and land ownership. With a constant barrage of escalating negative news, it can seem like we will never reach a place of cooperation and forward momentum. But collaboration does exist. Here are four examples of entities where people are championing vital issues together:
- The Sustainable Forest Alliance – A Colorado entity comprising timber, conservation, recreation, and political representatives, it discusses how forestry can be implemented in a sustainable, synergistic way.
- The Vail Pass Task Force – Facilitated by the USFS, and made up of local business owners and conservation and recreation organizations, it utilizes feedback from the community to manage multiple use access on Vail Pass.
- The Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee Hearing – During a hearing on new power plant emissions standards set by the EPA, four republican former EPA administrators testified to the conclusiveness of climate warming caused by human activity.
- The Colorado Mountain Club – Comprised of motorized enthusiasts and die-hard backpackers, conservative and liberal voters, fire suppression devotees and wilderness designation advocates, the CMC bridges the gap in natural resources.