Carbondale woman noted for conservation efforts |

Carbondale woman noted for conservation efforts

The Colorado Wildlife Federation has named Clare Bastable, of Carbondale as the organization’s “Conservationist of the Year” for her efforts to protect the Roan Plateau northwest of Rifle.Bastable, Western Slope coordinator for the Colorado Mountain Club, was nominated by Western Slope sportsmen for her efforts to build a coalition of hunters, anglers, local governments and area residents concerned about proposed oil and gas development on the Roan. Bastable will receive the award at the Wildlife Federation’s annual banquet this month. “Successful efforts to protect the public’s natural resources usually result from the incredible amount of time, dedication and leadership devoted by a few people,” Dennis Buechler, a Wildlife Federation board member, said in a news release. “Clare has been remarkably effective bringing people together to protect the Roan Plateau.”Bob Elderkin, of Silt, a retired Bureau of Land Management employee and a director of the Colorado Mule Deer Association, praised Bastable’s ability to work with unlikely allies.”Clare does not hesitate to meet with and talk to any group about an issue,” Elderkin said in the Wildlife Federation news release. “She always comes across as a very personable and level-headed individual with carefully thought-out arguments. While we may not agree on everything, she always listens very carefully to any differing view. This is why she is so effective.”In a prepared statement, Bastable said her nomination by Western Slope sportsmen was gratifying.”In today’s political climate, partnerships with organizations such as CWF, the Colorado Mule Deer Association and Trout Unlimited are absolutely critical,” Bastable said. “I think we are seeing this more and more with public land issues throughout the West. If we as Western Slope residents are to effect positive change, diverse groups must band together so our voices are heard.”

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