San Juan Mountains Wildflower Walk

guided by wildflower guidebook author Mary Menz

FULLY BOOKED – Sorry, hope to see you next year!

Information: http://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/san-juan-mountains-wildflower-guided-tour

Love Your Gorge

​Sat., ​September 12​, 2020, Uncompahgre River Gorge

Volunteer with the Ouray Ice Park and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership to make improvements to the riparian areas of the Uncompahgre River Gorge in Ouray. Then, enjoy a picnic and party to celebrate our efforts.

Information: http://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/3rd-annual-love-your-gorge-volunteer-day/

2020 San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference

Globally Online, Sept. 21-24, 2020

Theme: Adaptive Capacity in Uncertain Times. For information, go to mountainstudies.org/sjmrc

UWP Board Meetings

Open to Public: Monthly* on 2nd Thursday 4-6 p.m.

UWP Office, 133 N Lena St. #3A, Ridgway, CO

* Please contact UWP to confirm meeting date and time if you plan to attend. Some meetings may be rescheduled or cancelled based on necessity. 


13th annual Ridgway RiverFest

CANCELLED in 2020: See you in 2021! @ Rollans Park, Ridgway
To find out about the fun, free outdoor festival for the whole family, go to ridgwayriverfest.org

Adopt-A-Park Tree Planting & Clean Up at Rollans Park, Ridgway

Saturdays, May 30 & June 13, 2020 @ 9 a.m. – 12 noon

Join UWP for a volunteer work morning at Rollans Park, picking up litter and branches, to make it a great place to visit.

Fly Fishing Film Tour

CANCELLED: A benefit for the Uncompahgre River and a celebration of fly fishing in Ridgway.

For refund information: http://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/event/2020-fly-fishing-film-festival-uncompahgre-river-benefit/

Winter Wildlife Tour at Brown Mountain

March 7, 2020, Red Mountain Pass

A guided tour by cross country skis (or snowshoes) to learn about winter wildlife in the watershed, led by Steve Boyles.

Snowshoeing in the Red Mountain Mining District

February 22, 2020, Red Mountain Pass

A guided tour to Yankee Girl Mine and nearby ghost towns, led by the Ouray County Historical Society.

3rd annual Love Your Gorge volunteer day @ Ouray Ice Park
Sep 12 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join organizers from the Ouray Ice Park and Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership to help restore the natural resources in the Uncompahgre River Gorge. Historic use by the early settlers left mining, railroad and other industrial debris, while more recent gorge visitors left construction debris scattered around – much of which was cleaned up during the 2018 Love Your Gorge event. In 2019, we are continued to remove debris, as well as addressing erosion issues around the top of the gorge. For 2020, we will be planting some trees, picking up litter and doing other important work.

This event is partially funded by the Frank L. Massard Trust, and affiliated with American Rivers National River Cleanup and Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup.

You’ll want to join us this year – we’re a fun group! Please wear layers as the morning and shadowy canyon (all day) can be cold but the sun is intense. Wear sturdy shoes (hiking boots would be great), sunscreen, gloves, and a hat and/or sunglasses.

This event is open to ages 12 and up. Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult or provide a waiver signed by their parent or guardian.

Please sign up so we can track how many volunteers are joining us. Give your name(s), phone number and email address to Tanya at uwpcommunications@gmail.com or 970-325-3010.

10th annual San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference @ Online at your Office
Sep 21 – Sep 24 all-day

Mark your Calendars for the 10th annual San Juan Mining and Reclamation Conference with a new format! This year we are pivoting to a mixed format of broadcast online presentations, small local tours, and virtual coffee and happy hours. Stay tuned for more details.

September 21-24, 2020 with a mix of morning and afternoon sessions.

THEME: Adaptive Capacity in Uncertain Times

Miners and mining communities are no strangers to challenge and changing conditions. The year of 2020 brought with it a series of challenges and opportunities. As a result, the San Juan Mining & Reclamation Conference (SJMRC) theme is “Adaptive Capacity in Uncertain Times” to encourage discussions of how the mining and reclamation community can plan for success in an uncertain world.

From global markets to pandemics and climate, change is the only certain constant. We seek to learn from the experiences and insights of those with approaches to adaptive management and risk assessment that respond to changing conditions and pivot to take advantage of current and future trends. We are interested in discussing trend outlooks, best practices, and solutions from the perspective of adaptation and pivoting to respond effectively to disruptions in dynamic times.

For sponsorship, call for abstracts, and other conference information, please go to: http://www.mountainstudies.org/sjmrc

Conference Committee: Mountain Studies Institute, Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, San Miguel Watershed Coalition, Headwaters Alliance