Colorado is home to more than 26 million acres of public land – nearly 40% of all land in the state. Most of this is located in the mountains or the western slope, and is visited by millions of people each year for exploration and recreation. 

Public land is not a given – it is constantly under numerous threats, some natural, and others of our own creation. Join a panel of outdoor leaders as we discuss some of the most pressing issues related to rocky mountain public lands, including potential solutions and ways the public can get involved.

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During the webinar you will learn...

What's the Relationship Between Fire and Ice in the Mountains >>

Declining snowpack in the winter and spring is causing more intense wildfire activity in the summer and fall in a vicious cycle. What can be done?

How do we Balance Preservation and Access for Popular Areas >>

Visitation to 14ers and other areas like Hanging Lake often results in limited general access. How do we balance these critical competing interests?

What can the Public do to Support Public Lands >>

The mountains need our help now more than ever. We will talk to those on the front lines to learn how you can support their important work directly.

Meet Your Webinar Panelists:

Jim Petterson

VP, Mountain West Region,
The Trust for Public Land

Jim is the Colorado and Southwest region director for The Trust for Public Land, where he works to create parks and protect land for people across Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona. Prior to this role, Jim spent 17 years at The Nature Conservancy and 10 years working in Washington, DC in government. He lives in Denver, Colorado, and is an avid trail runner, peak bagger, and unabashed high-country bushwhacker.

Julie Mach

Conservation Director,
Colorado Mountain Club

Julie Mach is the Conservation Director for the Colorado Mountain Club, one of the oldest recreation, outdoor education and conservation organizations in the country. She works to protect Colorado’s wild public lands and keep them accessible for future generations, working on recent 14er closures, and the The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, Gunnison National Forests Plan Redrafting process. She lives in Salida, Colorado in the Arkansas River Valley.

Alex Derr, M.P.A.

Writer & Mountaineer,
The Next Summit Blog

Alex is a mountaineer, Eagle Scout, and environmental policy expert based in Denver, Colorado. With more than 45 ascents above 13,000 feet, he’s helped hundreds learn to stay safe while exploring America’s mountains. He created The Next Summit Blog to help educate those new to the mountains about leave no trace outdoor ethics and mountain safety practices. More than 200,000 people use his guides and resources every year.


We aim to prevent wildfires, search & rescue calls, and other visitor impacts on the mountains through education, collaboration, and advocacy. If you support our mission, please consider joining us as a member for only $5/month. Together, we can all be part of the solution. Thanks for visiting!

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