Gunnison Headwaters – University Student Flights
Issues: Student Education, Wild Lands
Partners: Gunnison Public Lands Initiative, High Country Conservation Advocates
Airport Origin : Gunnison, CO
The Western Colorado University MFA Nature Writing students joined us for a flight! The students, along with teachers, media, and conservationists flew to learn about Sen. Bennet's proposed legislation to protect the Gunnison area.
The public lands in Gunnison County host diverse wildlife, pristine ecosystems, incredible recreation, and prime hunting and angling opportunities. From the sky, the grandeur of the region is clear. Senator Bennet recently introduced the Gunnison Outdoor Resources Protection (GORP) Act.
Over a decade of dedicated work from a coalition of local stakeholders called Gunnison Public Lands Initiative (GPLI) went into the GORP Act. The GPLI, is a group of Gunnison ranchers, sportsmen, conservationists, mountain bikers, and motorized users, who are united in their goal to protect public lands in the county, while enhance a strong and sustainable economy, and support historic uses of public lands. The GORP Act will increase protections on 513,000 acres of public lands, including the designation of over 450,000 acres of Wilderness and Special Management Areas.