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Front_quilt-SM In commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act, Great Old Broads is raffling a spectacular hand-made art quilt. The beauty of wilderness comes alive with wildscapes boasting vibrant colors of purple, blues and greens and the unique patchwork designs of sunsets and desert red rocks, glowing with hues of reds, orange and yellows. Each quilt block features a treasured wilderness or park area designed and created by more than a dozen talented, quilting Broads. Assembled with love and immaculate artistry of Sue Gunckel, former Broads board member, the quilt is a beautiful compilation of incredible talent. Quilt raffle tickets are available to purchase HERE for $5 each, or 5 for $20. Or, increase your changes to win. When you give a friend a Broads gift membership of $25 or more, you will be entered in the quilt raffle drawing. The drawing will take place at Broads Durango office on Friday, October 31st. Need not be present to win.

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Gallatin Broadwalk this August




Community, Kindred Spirits, Camaraderie

These are only a few words that were used to describe the recent 25th anniversary Broadwalk.  Attendance included more than 60 Broads, 12 Broadband leaders and a few beloved Bros. Held at Mt. Peale Inn and Animal Sanctuary, Broads traveled from as far as Portland, Maine and Washington, D.C. and stretching west with representation from Nevada City, CA and north from Olympia, Washington, including Broads from states like Arizona and New Mexico, those sandwiched in between. Daily hikes and service work activities were part of the four days along with advocacy projects such as letter writing as well as interviews to capture the many voices as Broads expressed their concerns and strong desire to protect the Greater Canyonlands area.  

Great Old Broads for Wilderness supports the BLM’s Lawful Public Process and the Closure of Recapture Canyon to Motorized Access

Recapture_photo_1Great Old Broads for Wilderness (Broads) deeply regrets the actions of ATV riders who illegally drove into Recapture Canyon Saturday and expresses full support for the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in enforcing the canyon’s closure from motorized use. “Some places deserve to be protected from impacts of motorized vehicles,” said Shelley Silbert, Broads Executive Director. “We would not allow an ATV to drive in our yards, through our churches, or on our sidewalks.  Likewise, this beautiful canyon rich with cultural treasures and sacred to numerous tribal peoples can be enjoyed without damage from motor vehicles.” To read entire press release, click here.

Wilderness 50 Events and Activities

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act!  The celebration of this golden anniversary  is in full swing with more than 400 + events, exhibits and activities highlighting the diverse way Americans value the importance of wilderness, our wild and open spaces. Whether on vacation, taking a cross-country roadtrip, or attending your annual family reunion, it is very likely you can find an event wherever you are and make it part of your summer fun. Check out the new Broadband calendar for Broadband-led events and activities.  For complete event listing, visit Wilderness 50th.

Don’t miss the National Wilderness Conference, October 15th – 19th in Albuquerque, NM. This will be the first national gathering of the wilderness community in 25 years! Filled with diverse plenary sessions, presentations, panels, exhibits, field learning, and skill development workshops, all culminating in the public, outdoor ‘Get Wild’ Festival. 

Associate Director Rose Chilcoat will be part of a panel discussion, Friday, October 17th at 1:45pm titled, Celebrating Civic Engagement: Successful NGO programs.  Panel participants include: Harry Bruell, Conservation Legacy (moderator); Nathan Newcomer, New Mexico Wilderness Alliance; Bob Dvorak, Society for Wilderness Stewardship; Rose Chilcoat, Great Old Broads for Wilderness; Bill Hodge, National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance. Track Session, Civic Engagement.

For more information, visit the Wilderness50th conference website, and register today!

National Parks Free Admission Days in 2014:  April 19-20 - National Park Week’s opening weekendAugust 25 - National Park Service’s 98th birthday; September 27 - National Public Lands Day; November 11 - Veterans Day. View this beautiful National Park Service video that explains the Wilderness Act.

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