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FEATURED GROUP: The Pikes Peak Group

The Pikes Peak Group (PPG) is a very active group in the Sierra Club Rocky Mountain Chapter. The PPG includes El Paso, Lincoln, Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Elbert, and Teller Counties, as well as part of Park County. The PPG has five main focus areas for conservation work: Mining, Pikes Peak Highway, Recycling, Urban Issues, and Wilderness. Each committee is led by an Executive Committee (ExCom) member who serves as the group’s liaison to their community partners.

Pikes Peak group, Mt Rosa Hike
PPG members hiking at Mt. Rosa.
 

 

The PPG also has an active outings program that is open to all – many of their hikes are to proposed wilderness areas that the group is actively trying to protect. The PPG strives to have an educational component to each hike. This educational component might enlist participants to help map a roadless area, for example.

On the political front, the PPG regularly endorses candidates for local races and works to support those candidates. Candidates regularly seek the group’s endorsement. The PPG also is involved in local ballot initiatives. This is extremely important since the PPG is the only environmental organization in the Pikes Peak region that takes political positions.

Most importantly, PPG members love a good time! The group hosts fun events, including a fall wine and cheese event to welcome new and prospective members. This year’s event will help kick-off the community’s Local Food Week. If you’re in Colorado Springs on September 13, make plans to join the PPG!

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For more information about the Pikes Peak Group check out their website or contact Jane Ard-Smith

If you're not in the Pikes Peak Group, you can check out all of the latest actions the other groups are involved with by finding your group at http://rmc.sierraclub.org/local.shtml.




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