The love of wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth, the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need – if only we had the eyes to see.
– Edward Abbey
All Photos from the First Friday Event are below!
Wilderness is the most incredible thing about this planet. It is awe-inspiring, what nature and its forces can do free of the guidance of humans. When we let it just be, Mother Nature creates the most beautiful eco-systems and spaces. When we are able to engage with it, to interact and to be part of the Wild Landscape, we as individuals are transformed.
We are lucky here, in the Roaring Fork Valley, with our access to relatively vast Wilderness. Many of us like to think of it as a state that has always been-- wild and protected.
Had it not been for three Aspen women, spurred to action by the passing of the Wilderness Act of 1964, the nearly 500,000 acres of protected wilderness in the White River National Forest may not have been here for us to experience as it is.
The Aspen Wilderness Workshop (as it was then called) was founded in 1967 with two goals: securing congressional designation for the Hunter-Fryingpan and Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Areas, and doubling the acreage designated within the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.
These environmental activists did not start out to become lobbyists, but they lobbied Congress to pass two essential acts: the 1978 Endangered American Wilderness Act and the 1980 Colorado Wilderness Act.
AWW, and in particular co-founders and “Maroon Belles” Connie Harvey, Joy Caudill and Dottie Fox, played a pivotal role in bringing about these pieces of legislation, which together secured nearly a half-million acres of wilderness in the White River National Forest.
Since the mid-1980s, the focus has broadened from advocating for new wilderness to defending the ecological integrity of the entire greater WRNF area.
Having grown up with a grandmother like Connie Harvey, ecological balance and respectful interaction with all things wild was always an important practice in our family. Whether she was explaining the importance of Spring runoff to renew the river eco systems, taking us to the wilderness mecca of Alaska, or involving us in her environmental missions, she showed us why we should be nature's advocates.
At Harmony Scott Jewelry, it has been part of our values to support and give back to our community. So, when Harmony asked me who I would like to dedicate our charitable giving, I called Wilderness Workshop and am happy to present the resulting partnership for the month of June.
All of June, please join us in supporting this incredible cause. Support financially by shopping our Aspen Leaf Collection - 10% proceeds from every Aspen Leaf piece will be donated to Wilderness Workshop.
Our First Friday Wilderness Workshop Event was a blast! Thank you to our community for shopping for a cause, and jumping in the photo booth to share what Wilderness Is to You, and together, what it is to our community.
Thank you for your support!
Claire & The Harmony Scott Team
The Wilderness Act of 1964 created the National Wilderness Preservation System and recognized wilderness as “an area where the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man, where man himself is a visitor who does not remain.”