Pagosan to attend grassroots activist conference

Beverly Compton, executive director of the local Horseback Riders for a Wild San Juan Mountains, is one of 75 activists nationwide invited to the Patagonia, Inc. “Tools for Grassroots Activists” conference in October. Patagonia, which is also funding Horseback Riders, is excited to invest in this local project and is confident the training will help Patagonia achieve its goal of protecting and restoring the environment.

The training, first started in 1994, is based on skills development rather than issues. Patagonia’s goal is to provide practical training in skills that will make participants more effective activists. The conference will be a combination of presentations, hands-on workshops, one-on-one sessions including campaign strategy, building momentum in your community, grassroots lobbying, getting your message out, grassroots fund-raising strategies, how to work with businesses and technology workshops.

Horseback Riders for a Wild San Juan Mountains is a new environmental non-profit in Pagosa Springs. The purpose of the project is to enlist the support and help of horseback riders and other recreational users to preserve the public lands we ride on. Horseback Riders works to protect our wilderness and roadless areas, landscape corridors and wildlife habitat so that they remain wild, healthy and connected. We work closely with other regional, state and national environmental organizations that focus on public lands using sound science, public participation and education to promote environmentally appropriate use of our public lands. Protecting these lands ensures the highest quality of human experience in our backcountry.

The training is at the Stanford Sierra Camp, South Lake Tahoe, Calif. Patagonia pays for all expenses except travel. If you would like to make a donation to help cover the travel expenses, contact Beverly Compton at 731-3471. Your donation will be tax deductible.