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Colorado – Roaring Fork Valley/Aspen

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Broadband Leader : Karen Ryman
Broadband Co-Leader: Julie Wille
Aspen, Colorado

The Roaring Fork Valley Broadband includes the territory from the top of Independence Pass at the Continental Divide (elevation 12,095 ft.) for 60 miles along the Roaring Fork River until it flows into the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs (elevation 5,763 ft.). The river receives a watershed of runoff and streams from the surrounding mountains connecting through the towns of Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, and Glenwood Springs. These towns are contingent to the White River National Forest, including the Snowmass/Maroon Bells Wilderness and the Hunter-Fryingpan Wilderness. BLM land also makes up a large part of the remainder of the higher elevations. Outdoor recreation, both summer and winter, is the backbone of the valley.

Karen Ryman

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Karen Ryman
Aspen, CO

Julie Wille
Emma, CO

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We invite like-minded outdoor enthusiasts to protect 640 million acres of public land including National Forests, Wildlife Refuges, and

Wildernesses. Public lands belong to all of us and must be kept under the jurisdiction of the federal government. This is a top priority. We partner with sister organization, founded by Julie and her daughter, Women for Wild Lands.


Broads are building a coalition with other conservation partners to urge Congress to address climate change issues along with keeping public lands in public hands. We are not afraid to challenge when conservation vision falls short. We also monitor management of areas already designated as Wilderness to ensure these places remain an

Julie Wille

enduring legacy of wilderness, “untrammeled by man”.

A mixture of Broads and Wild Women marched at the Science March on Earth Day as well as the Climate March.

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