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WCC hosts talk by environmental activist Gloria Flora

Western Colorado Congress will host a talk by Forest Service whistle-blower and environmental activist Gloria Flora at 7 p.m. Friday at the First United Methodist Church, Ninth and Cooper, in Glenwood Springs.Flora first gained national attention in 1997 when, as supervisor of Montana’s Lewis and Clark National Forest, she put a moratorium on oil and gas leasing on over 300,000 acres of federal land along the Rocky Mountain Front. She was transferred to the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest in Nevada in 1998 where she again made headlines when she defended a Forest Service decision to close a local road in order to protect fish populations in a nearby river. Local residents, armed with picks and shovels, protested the decision and threatened Forest Service employees and their families. Flora resigned her post in order to call attention to the harassment, intimidation and persistent anti-federal activities that public employees face in Nevada.Flora is now the director of Sustainable Obtainable Solutions, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring the sustainability of public lands. She believes that “all natural resource decisions are social decisions,” and “the most patriotic thing we can do is protect our natural resources.”Flora’s presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period, and root beer floats from Glenwood Canyon Brewing Co. will be served. The talk is free for Western Colorado Congress members and $5 for nonmembers.For more information, call Amy, (970) 249-1978.

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