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Photo Credit: US Forest Service (on the ancestral lands of the Me-Wuk and other Nations)
Stanislaus National Forest is First Winter Travel Plan
After six years of meetings, field trips, 670 individual comments from individuals and organizations, dozens of maps, reams of documents, and more meetings — the Stanislaus National Forest completed its Over-Snow Vehicle Use Designation Project. 2015 marked a new era in Forest Service winter travel planning, and 2021 is an important milestone in bringing balance to the backcountry.
Submit Your Backcountry Film
The Backcountry Film Festival is produced each year by Winter Wildlands Alliance as a celebration of the human-powered experience and a gathering place for the backcountry snowsports community. We are currently planning to have both in-person and virtual event experiences for the upcoming season. Do you have a film that captures the spirit of winter, adventure, environment and climate, youth outdoors, ski culture? Use the code HUMANPOWER to submit your film today!
Photo Credit: Ben Irey (on the ancestral lands of the Crow, Flathead, Cheyenne and other Nations)
Policy Update – July 2021
In this month’s policy update from our Policy Director, Hilary Eisen: The first OSV plan, a virtual trip to DC with Outdoor Alliance, our 2021 Grassroots Advocacy Conference, and NEPA news.
Photo Credit: Howie Garber (on the ancestral lands of the Denendeh, Tlingit, and other Nations)
Tongass National Forest Win
Thanks to everyone who shared their voice: we are thrilled the US Department of Agriculture announced their Southeast Alaska Sustainability Strategy. The newly announced Strategy ends large-scale old growth timber sales on the Tongass National Forest and focuses management resources to support forest restoration, recreation and resilience, including for climate, wildlife habit and watershed improvement.
Represent Ski Kind Every Season
Help promote backcountry responsibility this winter… and every season for that matter! Get this sweet trucker and spread the word to backcountry adventures of all kinds. All funds raised through swag sales go back into local stewardship projects across the snow belt.
Wild Winter Events
Can we save the backcountry from ourselves? We’re thrilled to announce our 9th Biennial Grassroots Advocacy Conference! It will be hosted virtually on Tuesday, Aug 24 and Wednesday, Aug 25 with three one-hour sessions per day. Get the latest developments in national policy, advocacy and planning issues, share regional grassroots successes and strategies, meet with public land managers and fellow activists, and gain new advocacy tools. Help us find a way forward together. WWA grassroots groups, backcountry partners, Alliance members, and outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds are welcome to join.
“⚡ ACTION UPDATE ⚡ This week, WWA Policy Director Hilary Eisen visited with @save.tetoncanyon
The proposed development has serious implications for backcountry skiing, wildlife, and wilderness on the west side of the Tetons. We are particularly concerned about the resort’s proposal to expand into Teton Canyon. Many lift improvements, ski runs, snowmaking and restaurants are proposed in current master development plan.”
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