The agenda includes an update of all current campaigns, issue input from members and an election of board members.
A dinner of locally grown food will be served at approximately 7 p.m., along with bike-blended drinks from Montanya Distillers in Silverton, beer from Smugglers and live music from Jeremy and Friends. Dinner is $30 ($15 with a new membership); this event is family-friendly, and kids under 12 eat free.
A raffle for an Xtracycle mountainbike (thanks to the generous support of Xtracycle and Daryl Hannah), the extended cargo bike showing up around Telluride in growing numbers, will be held.
The Xtracycle is the ideal car-free transportation for carrying groceries, kids, sports gear, camping gear, packages and more. Raffle tickets ($10) will be sold up until the drawing takes place; in addition to the $1,000-value Xtracycle, goods from Patagonia, Osprey and Jagged Edge and overnights at Dunton Hot Springs, Alta Lakes Observatory and High Camp Hut will be raffled off as well.
SMA’s current campaigns include work on Stop the Pinon Ridge Uranium Mill; on the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act; working with the Bureau of Land Management on its ongoing Resource Management Plan revision to protect the San Miguel River (and its in-stream flow); protecting Bear Creek from a potential ski area expansion and developing “Rewarding Green Behavior” in the schools.
According to SMA Board President Beverly Wintersheid, “With several challenging campaigns SMA would like to bring the community together this Friday at La Cocina de Luz to celebrate our victories and talk about how we can move forward together to protect the regional environment and encourage a more sustainable future for our entire watershed.”
SMA was formed in 1988, after a group of concerned citizens worked together to stop a logging project just below timberline on majestic Sheep Mountain, south of Telluride, at Lizard Head Pass. Inspired by the effectiveness of their grassroots efforts, and by the amount of environmental protection work to be done in this fast-growing region of southwestern Colorado, the group took shape as Sheep Mountain Alliance. Since 1988, SMA has worked continuously, diligently and peacefully with individuals, groups, local landowners and public land managers as stewards of our fragile natural environment, taking as its mission the preservation of the natural environment in the Telluride Region and Southwest Colorado by providing education for and protection of regional ecosystems, wildlife habitats and watersheds.