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Alaska’s “SnowEd” team is working to advance snow education across their state during this final year of SnowEx.

In this month’s policy update, we share the snow stoke across the West, our Backcountry Film Festival premiere, Camp Hale, and grassroots success in Alaska.

Help us protect the Western Arctic! Comment on the BLM’s SEIS for the proposed Ambler Road in Alaska by Nov 4, 2022.

In this month’s policy update, we share news on permitting reform, Ambler Road in Alaska, and WWA grassroots group Wasatch Backcountry Alliance’s fight against the gondola in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

It’s not just scenery that’s at stake. The Ambler road jeopardizes the future of the wildlife and people in the Brooks Range. Take action today!

Events

Wild places, wildlife, and quiet recreation are increasingly threatened by over-snow motor vehicle use on National Forest lands across the West. For many years, snowmobilers had virtual free rein on our forests, allowed to go anywhere their machines could carry them except designated Wilderness. Meanwhile, technological advances allowed people to push their machines deeper into the backcountry and climb ever-steeper terrain. However, a 2011 lawsuit brought by Advocates for the West on behalf of Winter Wildlands Alliance changed that—forcing the Forest Service to revise its travel management rule to require, for the first time, regulation of snowmobile use on National Forests.

Join Advocates for the West, WildEarth Guardians, and Winter Wildlands for our next Voices for the West webinar. We’ll discuss the evolution of winter recreation on our western National Forests, motorized impacts to wildlife and natural resources, and the need to conserve lands and soundscapes through hard-fought, science-based regulation. And, we’ll cover the latest on legal efforts to ensure wildlife habitats and quiet winter recreation receive the protections they deserve—including a twist; in some instances, it’s the Forest Service’s plans that conservation groups are now defending from snowmobile interests.

The Backcountry Film Festival is a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues.

MORE INFO TO COME

Check out the Festival’s full tour schedule here and the film line-up will be released in late September 2022.

The Backcountry Film Festival is a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. Funds raised at each screening stay in the local community to support human-powered recreation and conservation efforts, winter education and avalanche/safety programs and to raise awareness of winter management issues.

Check out the Festival’s full tour schedule here and the film line-up can be found here.

A collection of our best films from the past 15 seasons, Backcountry Film Festival’s “Best of Fest” will bring us all together to get stoked for the upcoming tour and winter. While we wish we could engage you all in a binge-watching fest of all seasons past in a cozy theatre in your hometown, we figured this would be the next best thing.
Our Best of Fest is hosted virtually and/or in-person by local grassroots groups, backcountry retailers, and other community members. We highly encourage you to attend your local screening or intentionally choose what screening you purchase tickets for (and if you don’t have one, reach out so we can schedule one for you!).

Funds raised go back to your local backcountry community, so it’s vital you “show: up from the comfort of your own home for the host(s)/location(s) that are near and dear to your heart.

A collection of our best films from the past 15 seasons, Backcountry Film Festival’s “Best of Fest” will bring us all together to get stoked for the upcoming tour and winter. While we wish we could engage you all in a binge-watching fest of all seasons past in a cozy theatre in your hometown, we figured this would be the next best thing.
Our Best of Fest is hosted virtually and/or in-person by local grassroots groups, backcountry retailers, and other community members. We highly encourage you to attend your local screening or intentionally choose what screening you purchase tickets for (and if you don’t have one, reach out so we can schedule one for you!).

Funds raised go back to your local backcountry community, so it’s vital you “show: up from the comfort of your own home for the host(s)/location(s) that are near and dear to your heart.