Julia Nania is the water program director for High Country Conservation Advocates (HCCA), and Sue Navy is the president of their board of directors, as a well as a founder.

HCCA was formed when a group of local conservationists banded together to block the development of a mine on Mt. Emmons. Known locally as the Red Lady, it is one of the four peaks that forms a giant geographic crater in which the town of Crested Butte sits.

We talk about the historic and cultural significance of the legal battle, and recent developments. We also discuss the role of organizations like HCCA in what many call just transition — in reference to the need for equality when transitioning away from mining economies. 

Pt. 1a: The History of the Red Lady, and it’s cultural significance in Crested Butte, and the new land swap could permanently block mining.
Pt.1b: The details of the swap, including water rights and mine reclamation, and what does just transition mean to organizations like HCCA?

Listen to the full episode of Community Matters from Monday, March 8.

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We want you to join the conversation. Email News@kbut.org or click here.

Community Matters airs every other Monday at 6pm. 

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