02 Dec Protect Our Healthy Community, Donate to CHC Today
December 2, 2014 –
As we near the end of 2014, we have much to be thankful for–our wonderful members and volunteers, and the spectacular, healthy, clean community that we call home. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to our shared successes over the last year!
My grandparents moved to the North Fork Valley about a century ago. They came here, like many others did, because of the beauty of this place and to make a peaceful and productive life for themselves. When I came to visit them as a kid, I couldn’t believe that they lived in paradise! I decided long ago that when I retired, I would come back here. Once I realized the threat to the region from irresponsible oil and gas development, I got involved. For the past two years I’ve been on the Board of Citizens for a Healthy Community (CHC) and earlier this year I was elected as Chair of the Board. We have achieved much together as a community over the last couple of years, but our biggest battles are ahead and we need your help.
Without you, CHC would not have grown into the small-but-mighty, successful non-profit that we are today. We are several years into what is at least a 10 year battle for the survival of our way of life. Will you please make a year-end gift to support this work? No matter if it’s $50 or $15 or $500, we need your support. There’s a few different ways that you can give:
- Join our monthly giving program by becoming a Healthy Community Sustainer–set up a recurring donation through Paypal by clicking the image below or Colorado Gives online.
- Send a check to CHC at PO Box 291, Hotchkiss, CO 81419.
- For Colorado Gives Day on Dec. 9th, click here to make an online contribution to CHC. If you donate on Dec. 9th, CHC gets a share of the $1 million matching fund for the percentage of gifts made to us on Colorado Gives Day – make sure to click on “CO GIVES DAY” under Donation Type. You can click here to pre-schedule your gift for Dec. 9th.
We have some major challenges ahead over the next year: engaging in the public comment period on the BLM’s new Resource Management Plan (RMP), a proposal for 146 new gas wells in the Bull Mountain area above Paonia Reservoir, and 50 proposed gas wells in the Pilot Knob roadless area.
In addition, we just found out that Gunnison Energy is working on a proposal for 400 new wells in the area. This would bring the total to more than 600 new gas wells proposed for the North Fork watershed and dramatically increase truck traffic, risks of spills and accidents, and water and air pollution. We have also heard from one of our members that a landman speculator has been calling around attempting to lease private mineral rights on Pitkin Mesa.
To confront these challenges will take significant staff time and financial resources for things like trips to Denver and DC, outreach and education to local elected officials and the community, research and planning, and coordinating with our amazing attorneys at the Western Environmental Law Center. To continue our success (you can read about 2014’s success stories here), we need your help.
We are in the midst of our fall fundraising campaign this year, and the amount of money we raise directly impacts our capacity to continue doing good work in 2015. Will you please pledge your support today? Click here to make a one-time or recurring donation online, send a check to CHC at PO Box 291, Hotchkiss, CO 81419, or make a gift of stock to CHC by giving us a call at 970-399-9700. Thank you for your support. We look forward to more success in the years to come!
John VanDenBerg, Chair
CHC Board of Directors
On behalf of the rest of the CHC Board and staff:
Jim Ramey, Executive Director; Brad Burritt; Ellie Goldstein
Brent Helleckson; James Schott; Kim Schultz
Kari Schoonhoven; Joli Soule; Phyllis Swackhamer