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Broadband Leader : Mary Hertert
Address:
Grand Junction, Colorado
Description:

The GJ Broadband starts on the west at the Colorado-Utah border, on the north to Garfield County, east to DeBeque, and south to Delta. We are pleased to have the Northern San Juan Broadband to our south and share some members with them.

Contact:
Leader Mary Hertert
gjbroadband2018@gmail.com

Mary Hertert on BLM lands in Fruita, Colorado

Focus areas:
• Land restoration
• Wilderness monitoring
• Public education and awareness building

Projects:

  • Commenting on the proposed Resource Management Plan (RMP) for the National Forest Service covering the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests.
  • Wilderness monitoring for both the National Forest Service and the BLM field office.
  • Cooperative letter writing campaigns with local environmental and activism groups on issues pertinent to the local and national Broadband mission.
  • Stewardship project of reseeding and replanting on closed trails where the closure is ignored. We collect native seed during the summer months, rework the soil, and then plant in the fall.
  • Partnered with Mt Garfield 8th grade class, BLM, Colorado Archaeology Society and the Northern Ute Tribe for a field day learning about the value and preservation of rock art. The students learned about the meaning, looked for ways they could help mitigate vandalism and helped clean charcoal writing off the rock walls. This was the 2nd year in what hopes to be an annual event.

Gelatt_3186cnWishlist:

  • Develop a strong core team.
  • Develop a series of new projects that engage a greater number of broadband members.
    • Bookclub that focuses on the question of What is Activism?, that combines reading/podcasts-writing skills and discussion
    • Education project that helps new home owners near wilderness to understand it means to live next to wilderness. (targets a new housing development of 80-100 homes that is being built next to the BLM Wilderness Study area in Fruita, CO)

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