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    • A n n u A l Re poRt 2 0 0 7
    • Protecting the West’s Land, Air, and Water
    • From the Executive Director I am delighted to share with you my first annual report since ecosystems. We are protecting the West’s special places from joining Western Resource Advocates as its new executive director inappropriate energy development and uncontrolled off-road in September of 2007. As you will read, WRA is a strong and vehicle use. We focus on solutions, and use the tools of law, vibrant organization, well positioned to contribute to the economics, science, and policy analysis to give our advocacy resolution of the complex environmental and energy issues credibility and substance. We share our skills in collaboration facing the West. with other conservation groups, communities, sportsmen, ranchers, and Native Americans. This is a time of challenge and opportunity in the West. Our region is a place of spectacular landscapes, important wildlife You will play a significant role in enabling us to carry on this habitat, and large areas of undeveloped land. It is also a region work. Many of you have contributed financially to assure WRA’s characterized by population growth and expanding cities. The continued ability to carry out our programs and activities, and nation’s appetite for energy is fed by our abundant coal, oil, and we are grateful for your confidence and support. If you have natural gas. Yet development of these resources comes at the not already done so, we hope you will join with us to shape expense of other environmental attributes and values, and has a sustainable future for this remarkable part of the country. accelerated the effects of climate change. Together we can make the critical difference for the West we love. While the environmental problems we face are significant, the opportunities to address them are significant as well. As you will read in this annual report, Western Resource Advocates has the expertise to effectively respond to the West’s changed and Sincerely, changing environment. We are transforming the energy picture in our region by successfully encouraging utilities to invest in efficiency and renewable energy sources instead of coal-fired power plants that contribute so substantially to climate change. We are convincing urban water providers of the many ways to conserve water, a preferable approach to meeting human Karin P. Sheldon needs while leaving water in streams to sustain fish and aquatic Executive Director 1 3Nankoweap Granaries, Grand Canyon
    • Energy Program HigHligHts Western Resource Advocates is working for a clean energy future, one based on efficient resource use and the West’s world-class renewable energy resources, such as wind and solar. We are committed to preventing the damage to western lands, air, water, and communities caused by traditional energy production, and dedicated to positioning the West as a leader in curtailing climate change. 2
    • Coal Plant Issues Western Resource Advocates is working to stop the construction v Along with advocates across Colorado and Kansas, WRA is of new, conventional coal-fired power plants in the region. These steering power providers toward cleaner alternatives to coal plants emit substantial amounts of greenhouse gases and cause plants. Following our outreach, Colorado-based Tri-State other serious environmental impacts. Our efforts to promote Generation and Transmission Company’s permit application energy efficiency and renewables demonstrate that there are for two new coal plants near Holcomb, Kansas was denied by viable alternatives to building new coal-fired power plants. We the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. A third coordinate closely with our partner organization, the Western coal plant, proposed for eastern Colorado, was postponed. Clean Energy Campaign, a coalition of local, state, and national We will stay involved as Tri-State appeals these decisions. conservation groups working to move the West away from its reliance on traditional coal power plants and toward cleaner v In Nevada, WRA helped create and lead a campaign to alternatives. stop 1,500 MW of new coal capacity from being built near Ely. The proponents of the plants have announced that construction is only being delayed. We will continue to stay r e s u lt s : involved to make the case that cleaner alternatives offer a better path for Nevada. v WRA won two victories in the Utah Supreme Court securing the right of conservationists to challenge air quality v In Utah, our advocacy before the Public Utility Commission permits for two coal-fired power plants. We will now ask contributed to a decision by the state’s largest utility to the Utah Air Quality Board to recognize that the permits abandon its plans to build new coal plants over the next do not protect public health, air quality, and visibility in decade. Utah’s national parks, like Capitol Reef, and do not address greenhouse gas emissions. 3 3Horse Power, Cherryvale near Arapahoe Road
    • Energy Efficiency Smart Lines: Energy Transmission and Increased Renewables for a Renewable Energy Future Energy efficiency and increased investment in renewable energy Energy transmission—linking supply to customers—is emerging sources are the economically and environmentally preferable as a critical component of the region’s energy production and ways to meet electricity demand. In addition to state-by-state consumption picture. Power companies, utilities, and federal efforts to implement renewable portfolio standards, WRA agencies have proposed the construction of a significant number engages in innovative partnerships with western utilities to of new transmission lines to link Wyoming and Montana power encourage adoption of effective and economically viable supplies to consumers in Arizona, Nevada, and California. greenhouse gas reduction strategies. These lines will weave their way across thousands of miles of public lands, including some of the West’s most special places. Preliminary maps show potential corridors passing through r e s u lt s : several national parks, monuments, and wilderness areas. v WRA helped secure legislation in Colorado and New Mexico that will double the amount of energy provided r e s u lt s : from renewable sources in each state. Significantly, the new standards will include rural electric cooperatives for the first v In 2007, WRA initiated a project to ensure that new time. By 2020, this will spur an additional 1,500 MW of transmission lines are built only when proven to be necessary, renewable energy development in Colorado and roughly 400 are constructed to minimize environmental impacts, and are MW in New Mexico—enough for half a million homes. sited to avoid sensitive environments and special places. The project is also working to ensure that the transmission grid is designed to better tie in renewable energy, such as wind and solar. In 2007, WRA initiated a project to ensure that new transmission lines are built only when proven to be necessary, are constructed to minimize environmental impacts, and are sited to avoid sensitive environments and special places. 3Six-Shooter from White Rim (detail) Deer Jam4
    • Lands Program HigHligHts The West’s spectacular public lands are vital to the region’s environment, economy, and quality of life. WRA is committed to safeguard the ecological health of these lands, and to protect them from escalating energy development and uncontrolled motorized recreation. 6
    • Responsible Motorized Recreation Off-road vehicle (ORV) use is increasing exponentially on the r e s u lt s : public lands. These vehicles are traveling off designated trails and damaging streams and wide swaths of wildlife habitat and v In Utah’s Fishlake National Forest, WRA’s work resulted wilderness quality lands. WRA is involved with travel planning in the closure of several off-road vehicle trails and the efforts by the Forest Service to reduce unauthorized use and set elimination of many other ecologically damaging routes. aside areas where ORV travel is not permitted. v Thanks to WRA’s advocacy, the Forest Service defeated In Utah, unauthorized ORV use is a particularly contentious Cache County’s claims of land ownership and maintained issue because of the attempts by the counties and the state to control over 200 miles of roads in the Wasatch-Cache acquire rights-of-way across millions of acres of roadless federal National Forest. lands. If these claims are successful, federal land managers could be forced to open up some of Utah’s most pristine public lands v WRA asked the Utah Supreme Court to require the State and important wildlife habitats to motorized vehicles. of Utah to disclose the records the state is using to claim rights-of-way for off-road vehicles over some of Utah’s most ecologically sensitive lands. v In Colorado, WRA won protections from motorized recreation for portions of the Routt National Forest. Our victory ensures the preservation of a breathtaking alpine stretch of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail, and the Radial Mountain Trail, which runs through forested lands, meadows, and willow-lined streams. 7 3Sunrise, Shrine Mountain Inn
    • Oil and Gas Development WRA applies its expertise to preserve wildlands and watersheds r e s u lt s : unsuitable for mineral development because of their paramount natural resources and environmental values. Across the West, v WRA helped shape the proposed Wyoming Range Legacy we participate in the federal agency decision processes for Act, which will protect 1.2 million acres of prime wildlife oil and gas leasing, and challenge decisions that have been habitat in the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem near Grand reached without sufficient consideration of their environmental Teton National Park from oil and gas development. consequences. v WRA drafted and helped pass the Colorado Wildlife WRA also leads the way on “doing it right.” We have Stewardship Act of 2007, which requires the oil and gas successfully advocated for new, environmentally protective industry to better protect wildlife from drilling impacts. principles and practices in several Bureau of Land Management This legislation is the first of its kind in the nation. oil and gas resource plans. Given the accelerated pace of petroleum development in the West, this work will continue v WRA assisted with the passage of Colorado House Bill 1341 to be a significant part of the Lands Program agenda for years to increase conservation representation on the Colorado to come. Oil and Gas Commission. The new commission has already begun overhauling the state’s oil and gas regulations to improve environmental protections. Thanks to WRA’s advocacy, the Forest Service v WRA won a victory from the Interior Board of Land Appeals that will prevent oil and gas leasing in endangered Canada defeated Cache County’s claims of land ownership lynx habitat in Colorado’s White River National Forest. and maintained control over 200 miles of roads in the Wasatch-Cache National Forest. v To protect Utah’s Manti-La Sal National Forest, WRA forced the Bureau of Land Management to withdraw oil and gas leases impacting 30,000 acres. v WRA’s defense of the National Forest Roadless Rule has shielded tens of thousands of acres in Utah from oil and gas development. 8 3The Lunch Spot, Idaho
    • Oil Shale and Tar Sands WRA opposes the development of fuel sources that make r e s u lt s : no economic or environmental sense, such as oil shale and tar sands. Oil shale development will threaten lands, water v To protect Colorado’s air, water, wildlife, and communities, supplies, air quality, and rural communities. To date, industry WRA convinced Congress that legislation is needed to delay has not proven that it can extract these fuels without substantial oil shale leasing until the technology is proven safe. The environmental consequences. The potential impact on legislation is pending Senate approval. communities is of equal concern. In 1982, when the last oil shale boom went bust, 2,220 people in Colorado were put v WRA worked with Wyoming’s Governor Freudenthal and out of work in a single day. Colorado’s Governor Ritter to prohibit the federal Bureau of Land Management from issuing oil shale leasing regulations WRA has created a strong coalition of community groups this year. Without these regulations, development cannot and environmental organizations to slow the rush to develop occur. oil shale and tar sands. We have also built broad political support at local, state, and federal levels. We will educate and v We have halted a proposal to develop 8,000 thermal wells, partner with governmental officials, farmers, and the public to including a 288-well pilot project for tar sands extraction, address the potential negative impacts of oil shale and tar sands in Utah’s Antelope Creek area. The project remains on hold development on municipal and agricultural water supplies, air and WRA will continue to advocate against it. and water quality, and wildlife habitat. We have halted a proposal to develop 8,000 thermal wells, including a 288-well pilot project for tar sands extraction, in Utah’s Antelope Creek area. Green River I4
    • Water Program HigHligHts In Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, Wallace Stegner described the West as a region defined by the absence of water. The scarcity of this essential resource makes its intelligent use critical to a sustainable future. WRA’s Water Program has four areas of activity—conserving urban water supplies, restoring rivers throughout the West, protecting Utah’s Great Salt Lake, and encouraging energy solutions—like wind and solar power—that have little or no impact on water resources. 10
    • Smart Water Our Smart Water project helps urban water providers meet r e s u lt s : human water needs in rapidly growing communities while ensuring that there will be enough water left to sustain the v To foster water conservation, WRA drafted and supported region’s rivers, lakes, and aquifers. We recommend ways that new legislation in Colorado and Nevada. Colorado cities water providers can stretch their existing water supplies through now benefit from $500,000 per year in planning and efficiency measures and incentives for conservation, water re- implementation grants. A new Nevada law calls for better use, and other common-sense strategies. Our goal is for water water planning and rate structures. providers in each state to adopt a wide array of water efficiency practices, including new rate structures, rebate programs, and v In our Water Meter report, WRA analyzed water use in landscape regulations that will decrease per capita water use by 13 Colorado Front Range communities and provided at least 15% from the levels of the late 1990s. recommendations for improvement. We gave Top Drop awards to the four communities that are doing the most to meet human water needs while also protecting natural resources. WRA drafted and supported new legislation v After two years of collaboration with WRA, Ogden, Utah adopted a water rate structure that promotes increased water in Colorado and Nevada. Colorado cities now conservation. benefit from $500,000 per year in planning and v WRA’s Hidden Oasis report found that if Las Vegas implementation grants. A new Nevada law calls implemented several common-sense conservation measures, for better water planning and rate structures. it could reduce indoor water use by 40% in single-family homes and 30% in hotels and casinos. 11 3Spheres of Influence (detail) • Opposite: Coffee and Light Show
    • River and Species Protection Great Salt Lake and its Tributaries WRA is committed to preserving and restoring the beauty, WRA provides legal representation to a coalition dedicated ecology, and native fish of western rivers like the Gunnison, to protecting and restoring Utah’s Great Salt Lake and its Green, and Upper Colorado. Securing water rights and tributaries. Great Salt Lake is a national treasure, yet it is being modifying the operation of existing dams will help ensure polluted by toxins and heavy metals, plus diked and drained adequate water flows and the health of our rivers. to extract mineral salts. On behalf of many partners, WRA is working to stop these harmful practices, preserve the lake’s wetlands, and safeguard migratory birds and aquatic life by r e s u lt s : setting water quality standards for pollutants. v Following our 2006 federal court victory, stakeholders sat down to find ways to protect river flows in the Black r e s u lt s : Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Together we secured protection for irrigators in the Upper Gunnison v WRA convinced the State of Utah to form a stakeholder and launched negotiations to secure enough water to group to improve the rules that safeguard Utah’s waters. sustain park resources for present and future generations. v WRA won a Utah Supreme Court decision rejecting a water v As a result of our work to protect endangered fish, WRA rights application that threatened to reduce fresh water flows celebrated the dedication of a conservation pool in Elkhead into the Great Salt Lake and harm bird populations. Reservoir in northwest Colorado. Over 5,000 acre-feet of water will be released each year to increase low water flows v On behalf of 13 groups, WRA contested a decision to allow in the Yampa and Green rivers. the construction of 32,000 acres of evaporation ponds in the Great Salt Lake, including 8,000 acres in the Bear River Bay. v WRA won a legal victory to benefit Utah Lake, which provides fresh water for the Great Salt Lake and contains crucial habitat for the endangered June sucker and the American white pelican. 12 Winter Sprouts4
    • Energy/Water Nexus WRA is at the forefront of research, education, and advocacy r e s u lt s : to minimize the impacts of our energy choices on water supplies and systems. Our analyses demonstrate the tremendous water v On behalf of the National Renewable Energy Lab, WRA demands of fossil fuel use and the energy demands of new calculated that the United States could save over four trillion water projects. gallons of water by 2030 if 20% of our electricity came from wind instead of fossil fuel sources. v WRA compiled success stories of cities with water utility operations powered by wind. We completed research on more than two dozen other cities that have the same potential to minimize their carbon footprint, even as they meet new water needs. WRA calculated that the United States could save over four trillion gallons of water by 2030 if 20% of our electricity came from wind instead of fossil fuel sources.
    • 2007 Corporations In-kind Donors Aqua Engineering, Inc. Amery Bohling Aquacraft, Inc. Trudi Eldridge donors Aveda Corporation Elfon Dutch Brothers Flower Market Pam Furumo InJoy Productions Charlie Green Momentum Hogan & Hartson LLP New Belgium Brewing Company Daniel F. Luecke Patagonia Outlet Village Printer T&E, Inc. Xmission Timberland 135 Aveda salons Western Land Group, Inc. Aveda Earth Month Partners Studio 182 Pompadours Mark Anthony Salon Grass Roots Dillards Cheyenne ABQ Hair Studio Studio Montage Que Suave Mark Pardo Juan Tabo Hair Hair Salon & Spa Dillards Colorado Spings Arte De La Mano Salon & Day Spa Studio West Rapunzel Hair On Earth Dillards Greeley Attitudes & Hair Mark Pardo Nob Hill The Stylist Reecia’s Salon The Hair Station Dillards Missoula Avalon Spa & Salon Mark Pardo Paseo Del Norte Synergy Reflections Hair & Image Studio Hair Technology Dillards Pueblo Aveda Academy Mark Pardo Protege TallGrass Aveda Spa & Salon Remedez Salon Hana Designs Dillards Southglenn Aveda Institute Denver McCall’s Ten Salon and Spa Renaissance Headlines - The Dillards Southwest Plaza Bella Luna Salon Michael’s Ruted Salon Washington Park Salon Three Cutters On Pearl Renaissance Aveda Spa & Salon Dillards Westminster Berenices Montage Salon Highlands - Planet Laboratories Three Roses Salon Renaze Elements Bliss Montana Salon & Day Spa Homestead Spa Planet Laboratories- Rita J’s Elizabeth, A Salon Breckenridge Hair Company Tiffany Plaza N.V. Salon Indulgences Salon Rita’s Eminently Hair Cactus Organic Life Salon Tribe Namaste Salon Inspire Rituals Escape Salon Cameo Salon Trios Salon Spa & Store Nar Cis Sus Salon James Hair Rumors A Salon Estilos, A Salon On Main Carmona’s Salon & Day Spa Ulibarri’s Herold Natural Lifestyles Joseph Patrick Salon Sahaira’s Salon Euphoria Casa Verde Spa Veda Salon And Day Spa Ninety-Fifth Street Salon & Spa Kakoi Salon AKA Inc. Europa Colour Salon Spa Centre Salon and Spa Vinny’s Hair Salon Nu Image La Bella Vita Salon Salon Axis Evergreen Cottage Christopher’s, A Salon Vonya’s On Broadway Retail La Tierra Retail Salon Marjorie Figaro Click Salon White Chapel Oscar Daniel Hair Designer Landis Salon & New Artist Salon Sabiha Retail Fratelli Salon Copperfalls Spa Training Academy Wiesbaden Spa Panache Salon Valentina Frisur Salon Cottonwood Lifestyle Store Le Studio Yampah Spa Paradise Sanctuary II Futura Lane Creative Designers Salon & Spa Lifestyles Yoli’s Hair Fashion Penthouse Salon Sanctuary Spa & Salon Geo & Company Cutters Edge Malstrom Salon Zoe Salon and Spa Planet Laboratories Serenity Spa & Salon Retail Grace Studios Daniels - Cherry Creek Marilu’s Total Beauty Sorellas Salon & Spa Graeber & Company Dillards Aurora
    • Foundations The Arches Foundation The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Argosy Foundation Mike and Laura Kaplan Advised Fund at Aspen Community Foundation Aspen Business Center Foundation Oscar G. and Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation Aspen Skiing Company Environment Foundation Elizabeth W. Musser Trust The Benson Family Foundation The New-Land Foundation, Inc. Catto Charitable Foundation The New York Community Trust Congdon Family Fund Pew Charitable Trusts Cirila Fund Scherman Foundation The Dowling Foundation Rolf Schmidt Foundation The Educational Foundation of America Serendipity Charitable Gift Fund The Energy Foundation The Tides Foundation—Kingfisher Fund The Fanwood Foundation Weaver Family Foundation Green Fund Wilburforce Foundation Harder Foundation The Winslow Foundation The William H & Mattie Wattis The Wyss Foundation Harris Foundation An anonymous foundation Catherine Hawkins Foundation The Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation Nonprofit Organizations Giving Campaigns Rudd Mayer Colorado Environmental Coalition Community Shares of Colorado Memorial Endowment Continental Divide Trail Society Environmental Fund of Arizona Deborah McManus Great Western Institute The Nature Conservancy Government San Juan Citizens Alliance Rudd Mayer Memorial Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance Colorado Water Conservation Board Wind Energy Fund Donors Unitarian Universalist Congregation, Las Vegas National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Western Clean Energy Campaign Oscar G. and Elsa S. Mayer Family Foundation U.S. Department of Energy’s National West Slope Water Network Renewable Energy Laboratory Vera J. Weintraub 15 3Opposite: Clouds Passing Over • Above: My True Companion
    • 2007 Elizabeth Anderson Mary E. Carhartt and David Broberg Bruce Driver and Char Dougherty Karl Anuta Ms. Cynthia Carlisle and Mr. Baine Kerr Caroline Duell Mr. David Armstrong Helen and Roger Carlsen Mr. Donald A. Duff Kathryn and Charles Arnold Lawrence and Kristine Carpenter Kenneth Dunn Ms. Jacqueline Arriaga Vincent and Janet Carpenter Martha Durkin individual donors Mr. Lance Astrella, Esq. Ms. Beth Cashdan and Mr. Paul D’Amato Ellen Lea Eckels Ms. Deb Badger Henry and Jessica Catto Michael and Tracy Ehlers Western Resource Advocates William L. Baker Mr. and Ms. Sam Caudill Mr. Morgan Entrekin Mr. Reid Bandeen and Ms. Vickie Peck Ralph Cavanagh Joseph and Beatrice Epel thanks the following Ms. Marilyn Baron Mr. Jon Cecil B. Henry Estess, Jr. individuals for their Robert and Anne Barry Barbara A. Charnes E. J. Evangelos John Barth Ms. Rene Chavez Barbara Farhar support during 2007. David and Chris Baxter Nick and Joan Chiropolos John Fielder Norman and Sally Beal Ralph and Judy Clark Ms. Rachel Fitzgerald Mr. and Mrs. George Beardsley Bonnie Colby Jim Flynn Henry and Anne Beer Richard B. Collins and Judith L. Reid Mr. and Ms. Wayne F. Forman, Esq. Cynthia and Bob Benson Congdon Family Fund Jeffrey Fornaciari Reed and Mindy Benson Mr. Pete Conovitz and Ms. Alice Wood Jeremy and Angela Foster Bruce N. Berger Ms. Barbara Conroy Maggie Fox and Mark Udall John R. Bermingham Annie Cooke Tony Frank and Melinda Jane Pollack Lisa Bertschi Ms. Elizabeth Coughlan Andrew and Audrey Franklin Allen Best Chris Crosby Ms. Naomi C. Franklin Ms. Linda Bierback Ms. J. Crossland-Wells Ford and Ann Frick Mr. Ian Billick and Ms. Jennifer Reithel Ms. Rebecca Cusack Roger A. Fuehrer Ms. Lori Bird and Mr. Gerald Smith Gillian Dale, Esq. Felicia D. Furman Eric Blank and Nancy Printz Silvia and Alan Danson Vickie Gabin Brian Block Antonia Davidson Steen and Joan Gantzel Stuart Bluestone and Judy Naumberg Martha Davis Mr. Timothy Garcia Ms. Elspeth Bobbs Mr. and Mrs. Rod Dean John and Heidi Gerstle Mr. Stephen Bonowski Lynn and Patrick de Freitas David and Ann Getches Fred P. Braun, Jr. Ms. Linda Degenhart Rick and Alex Gilliam Ms. Georgina Bristow Ed DeMeo Steve Glazer Ms. Wendy Broadhead Mr. Mark Detsky Ms. Irene Godden Mr. George H. Brooks Ann and Gale Dick Mr. Ted Goudvis William and Susan Brooks David Dietrich A.J. Grant Ms. Charla Brown and Mr. Rob Burnett Germaine and Al Dietsch Tom and Linda Gray Dick and Helen Bulinski Andy and Muffy DiSabatino Tom and Pam Green Ms. Patricia A. Butler Michael P. Dowling Mr. Bryan Greuel Ed and Ann Byrne Carrie Doyle and Matt Baker William and Joyce Gruenberg Gerald Caplan Delyn and Bob Drake 3Braided Reflections
    • Ms. Anne Guthrie and Mr. Robert B. Keiter Mr. Gary L. Nakarado Diane Rosenthal and Michael Totten Thomas Woodard Dan Friedlander James Kelley and Amie Knox Kevin and Jenny Natapow Stephen Trimble Scott Gutting Ms. Molly O. Ross Dr. and Mrs. Vaughan F. Kendall Sue Navy William and Micki Turner Mary Hanley William Rossbach and Mr.and Mrs. Hugh E. Kingery, Esq. Chris Nevitt and Lisa Reynolds Lynel and Bonnie Kramer Vallier Beth Brennan Ms. Joni Harman Ms. Tina Kingery Paul and Antje Newhagen Kathy and David Van Dame Robert Rowe and Steven and Joni Harman Thomas and Karen Konrad Mona Newton and David Lewis Tom Van Zandt Lauraine Chestnut Paul and Kathy Harms Sarah Krakoff and John Carlson Tricia Nichols Ms. Isabel Vigil Lee and Mary Rozaklis Paul Harrington Ms. Barbara Larson John and Kate Oelerich Bolko and Susan Von Roedern Ms. Toni Sage Bob and Laurie Harris Brooke Mayer Larson Mr. Tom Oken Ms. Marie Wagner Barry Satlow David L. Harrison and Gregg Larson David Olsen and Diana Dillaway Gary and Debra Wall Ms. M. Sax Jessie and Dan Hartweg Carol L. Lassen, Ph.D. Ms. Amber Olson Ms. Kelley Wall Steve Schechter & Lyda Hardy Ann Harvey John T. Leary Ms. Katherine Parker Everett and Linda Ward Gregory Schmidt & Jennifer Lyman Val Havlick Ronald Lehr Maunsel and Ann Pearce Ryan Ward Ms. E. L. Scholl David and Elizabeth Hayes Alan and Deborah Lichtenberg Jeffrey and Jessica Pearson Ann E. Warner Dan Schroeder Alan Heath Caroline and Wayne Lowman Fred and Sandra Peirce Ms. Cynthia A. Wayburn Gail and Alan Schwartz Alan and Marcia Hegeman Dan Luecke and Rosemary Wrzos David Peterson Myles and Vera Weintraub Chandra Shah Ms. Linda Heins Ms. Laura Mackenzie Ms. Leah Peterson Charles and Linda White Chuck and Vickie Shaw Robert and Susan Helm Mr. Ed Marston Mr. James Peterson Lee and Suzanne White Mr. Daniel Shaw and Ms. Marcie Hertz Ms. M. Martin Hensley and James Peterson Mr. Rocky Wiley Mrs. Isa Catto Shaw Shelley and David Hiller Tyler and Laura Martineau Raymond and Catherine Petros The Kathryn E. Williams Ms. Debbie Sheehy Eric and Susan Hirst Ms. Jill Mason Charitable Advised Fund at Wayne and Robyn Petty Ms. Leslie Shepard Aspen Community Foundation Henry Hite David Mastronarde Donald and Barbara Phillipson Donald and Mary Shepherd and Louisa Stark Ms. Susan Williams Ms. Liliana Holguin Mr. Stephen M. Pomerance Mr. Joel B. Smith and Susan and Steve Maxwell Sara Williams-Mann Barbara Holmes and Ms. Allyn Feinberg Ms. Sarah Larson and Stuart Mann Chuck and M.B. McAfee Suzanne N. Hough Josephine T. Porter Ms. Jennifer P. Speers Christopher and Sage Wirth John and Laurie McBride Ms. Dickie Lee Hullinghorst John Powers James and Carol Spensley Ms. Nancy Wirth Scott and Sally McElroy Mr. William O. Hunt, Jr. Premena Richard Spotts Tim and Wren Wirth Timothy and Donna McFlynn Pamela Hyde Ken and Emily Ransford Hope Stevens Alice Wooster Ms. Maureen McHale-Fish Ms. Lilias Jarding Sara Ransford Mr. Ronald Stewart Ms. Eleanor Wootten Deborah McManus Mr. Boyer Jarvis David Renne and Tony and Randi Stroh Lyn Yarroll and Tadini Bacigalupi Art Mears and Paula Lehr Paulette Middleton Ms. Lynn Jensen Ms. Jennifer Sullivan Michael Yokell and Debra Rahm Ms. Jennifer Mich Ms. Leilani Renteria Ms. Cynthia Jessel Hjalmar and Mary Sundin Marlene Wright Zanetell Sara Michl Ms. Martha Rhoades Dale L. Johnson and Mr. Bill Swan, Esq. Joan B. Zukoski Frandee Johnson Richard and Elisabeth Middleton Ann Rhodes Sam Swanson and Joyce Gallimore 14 anonymous donors Mr. James Jones and C. Phillip and Joan Miller Mr. and Mrs. Jason Rieker James and Mary Ann Tarpey Ms. Athena Flegas Zach and Valerie Miller Janet S. Roberts Aaron Taylor Jeff Kahn Mr. John Molenar Ms. Margaret Roberts John and Carson Taylor Mike and Laura Kaplan Margaret Mooha David and Janet Robertson Ms. Raquel Thompson Advised Fund at Aspen Robert and Marcie Musser John Rosapepe Community Foundation Dr. Irene Tinker and Dr. Ms. Vikkie Mysse David Rose and Ceil Murray Millidge Walker Kim and Jim Kasic 17
    • Donor Profile: Chelsea Congdon Brundige We at Western Resource Advocates have long respected Chelsea “Resource issues, particularly water and energy Congdon Brundige. It turns out that the respect is mutual, as issues, are very complex. The protection of the demonstrated by Chelsea’s generous support. Interior West’s lands and waters requires a Chelsea is a documentary film maker. She and her husband, proficiency in everything from law and policy, James Brundige, operate First Light Films, bringing a fresh and to economics, science, and constructive problem thought-provoking treatment of contemporary environmental and social issues to a general audience. None of us will forget solving. WRA brings these talents and more to seeing Subdivide and Conquer: A Modern Western. Narrated by some of the most important issues facing the the late Dennis Weaver, Subdivide documents the consequences of unplanned growth against the backdrop of the West. A West today.” rugged cowboy riding his horse through a housing development shows us, with humor and history, how we are changing. Chelsea’s commitment to the environment started years ago, and the Interior West’s lands and waters requires a proficiency in her knowledge is extensive. From 1984 to 1999, Chelsea worked everything from law and policy, to economics, science, and in the areas of water resource management, conservation, and constructive problem solving. From all I have seen, WRA brings restoration in the West. Her expertise includes knowledge about these talents and more to some of the most important issues the Colorado River, the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers, and facing the West today.” the San Francisco Bay and delta. After working from an office to restore the Colorado River delta in Mexico, Chelsea brought Chelsea serves as president of COMPASS, an organization the place to life in her production, A Delta Once More: Restoring supporting progressive education in the Aspen and Carbondale Riparian and Wetland Habitat in the Colorado River Delta. Community Schools, as well as supporting the Early Childhood Center in the Roaring Fork Valley. She is also a member of the Chelsea has chosen to support WRA, saying, “I am very Colorado Advisory Council of the Trust for Public Land. impressed with the effectiveness of Western Resource Advocates. Having worked in conservation for many years, I know that Chelsea was born and raised in Denver, Colorado, and now lives commitment and the keen and creative minds of the staff at near Aspen with her husband and children, Tashi and Miles. WRA are the keys to its success. Resource issues, particularly water and energy issues, are very complex. The protection of 18
    • 2007 Feature Artist: Elizabeth Black While painting, I have come to better understand the For this annual report, Western Resource emotions that rapid change stirs in me: shock, denial, Advocates was determined to show not uncertainty, nostalgia, and fear. My hope is that just the stunning beauty of the West, but also the dilemmas we face as our region these paintings will cause the viewer to understand grows and changes. When we came across their own emotions better and to work for the Elizabeth Black’s work, we knew we had found our 2007 Feature Artist. Elizabeth preservation of the landscape that they treasure. skillfully captures the West’s grandeur while courageously acknowledging its challenges. Elizabeth says, “I paint realistic western landscapes of the Elizabeth and her husband, landscape photographer Christopher places I know best, where I have spent long days gazing at Brown, are still exploring the West. They go together, by boat the wilderness. I love depicting beauty. For many years, my and on foot, carrying their art-making equipment to the most paintings have been about the wonder of unforgettable scenes in scenic spots they can find. She frequently paints on location in deep canyons, high mountains, or the secrets of flowing water. the heart of the scene, to gather source material and understand Recently, I have been painting a series of land use paintings, her subject better. She produces her large finished works in the which are about our rapidly changing western landscape. While controlled environment of her studio. painting, I have come to better understand the emotions that rapid change stirs in me: shock, denial, uncertainty, nostalgia, Elizabeth has won numerous awards for her paintings, including and fear. My hope is that these paintings will cause the viewer the Colorado Art Open, the Colorado State Fair, and the to understand their own emotions better and to work for the Loveland Museum Biennial. Her work is in many private and preservation of the landscape that they treasure.” public collections from Rocky Mountain National Park to the Grants Pass Museum of Art, and it is no wonder—Elizabeth’s Elizabeth is well acquainted with her subject matter. She worked love of the West is clear in every painting. for many years as a river guide in the Grand Canyon and on other western rivers. She first painted watercolors on a raft trip To learn more about Elizabeth and to see more of her work, down the canyon in 1975. When the boat carrying her sketches please visit www.elizabethblackart.com. flipped, all her paintings got soaked. She claims that, “half of them were improved immensely by their swim.” That incident gave her a tiny glimpse of the exciting potential ahead. 19
    • Donor Profile: Donor Profile: Environmental Fund of Arizona Community Shares of Colorado Western Resource Advocates is a proud participant in the Community Shares is a nonprofit federation that connects Environmental Fund of Arizona. In 2001, eight environmental Coloradans to the charities and causes they care about most. groups, including Western Resource Advocates, launched the Founded in 1986, Community Shares raises funds for over Environmental Fund for Arizona to solve a problem: Arizona 110 nonprofits in Colorado through 150 workplace giving government and corporate employers excluded environmental campaigns. In 2007, the organization raised over $1.5 million, groups from annual workplace giving campaigns. Most states, such to be distributed among as Colorado, had included a “green” category for a decade or more. its member nonprofits, including WRA. With the dedicated leadership of Solange Whitehead, the Environmental Fund for Arizona began working with elected Community Shares supports member agencies by raising officials, plus business, government, and education leaders, funds through workplace giving programs. Fundamental to remove barriers and expand green giving options. The to Community Shares’ success are governmental entities, organization has come a long way since its humble beginnings. businesses, and organizations that offer employees the Today, tens of thousands of employees have been introduced opportunity to have modest contributions deducted from each to environmental groups. Employees with no previous ties paycheck to benefit a nonprofit organization. Employees can to the conservation community are now active participants choose from a wide variety of organizations, ranging from in protecting the state’s spectacular human services to arts to environmental. Many businesses wild places and improving the participate in Community Shares to provide an employee health of today’s citizens and those benefit while also establishing the company as one that cares of tomorrow. Workplace giving has about giving to Colorado organizations. generated hundreds of new volunteer hours and roughly $500,000 in Community Shares’ contributions to the nonprofit community funding. The Environmental Fund are recognized both state-wide and nationally, and the for Arizona is now a coalition of 29 organization has received several awards for outstanding member groups. nonprofit service. Participating in Community Shares’ workplace giving campaign is the easiest way to support your Special thanks are due to Solange choice of local nonprofits, like WRA. To implement this and her team. They have helped employee benefit at your workplace, or to find out more about green workplace giving in ways Community Shares, please visit its website at www.cshares.org. that benefit us all. 20 Trail Ridge Road4
    • Volunteer of the Year: Charlie Green Charlie Green has lived a heck of a life so far. His resume is WRA is not the only organization that has benefited from as diverse as it is adventurous. His career has included being Charlie’s time and talent. Charlie has volunteered for a Colorado a water meter reader, medical laboratory specialist in the U.S. Springs hospital emergency room, the Green Party, and the Army, combat helicopter door gunner supporting Special Forces local school board. Charlie says, “I think volunteering has been in Viet Nam, Army aircraft parts supply sergeant, sugar research a mutually beneficial arrangement and has certainly given me lab tech, tire buster, wastewater plant operator, and power something to do in retirement.” plant zero discharge operator and control specialist. And more recently, Charlie became Western Resource Advocates’ volunteer Asked why he is using his time to volunteer, Charlie says, webmaster. “You might call it an ethical decision.” Because Charlie enjoys working with WRA, he has stayed on since he was first invited Retired since 2001, Charlie lives on 10 acres in Texas Creek, to participate and, as he admits with a chuckle, “I have seniority Colorado with his wife, Donna. But retirement doesn’t mean over so many there.” WRA is indebted to Charlie for all his hard Charlie stopped working. In 2002, Charlie responded to an ad work to keep the website running, especially through a recent to be the webmaster for WRA. He got the volunteer position switch in web hosts. because, as he puts it, WRA was “enthused to find someone willing to work for the wages offered.”
    • 2007 Adams State College Citizens Committee to Crystal Valley Environmental Save Our Canyons Protection Association Advocates for the West Citizens for the Arapahoe Roosevelt CU-Denver Wirth Chair in Albuquerque Bernalillo County Environmental and Community Water Utility Authority Citizens for Dixie’s Future Development Policy American Association of Architects Citizens for San Luis Valley Pa r t n e r Dakota Resource Council Water Protection Coalition American Lands Alliance Defend our Desert City of Aspen American Lung Association o r g a n i z at i o n s Defenders of Wildlife City of Boulder American Rivers Delta Montrose Electric Association City of Scottsdale American Solar Energy Society Denver Water Department Clean Air Task Force American Wildlands DINE Care Coalition for the Valle Vidal American Wind Energy Association Dooda Desert Rock Colorado Audubon Society Arizona Center for Law in Douglas County the Public Interest Colorado Backcountry Hunters and Anglers Earthjustice Arizona Public Interest Research Group Colorado Bowhunters Association Earthworks Arizona Public Service Company Colorado Climate Action Network The Ecology Center Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association Colorado Coalition for New El Paso Water Utilities Energy Technologies Aurora Water Environment Colorado Colorado Department of Public Austin Water Utility Environment New Mexico Health and Environment Bear River Watershed Council Environmental Defense Fund Colorado Environmental Coalition Better Pueblo Environmental Working Group Colorado Farm Bureau Biodiversity Conservation Alliance Escalante Wilderness Project Colorado Governor’s Energy Office Bonneville Environmental Foundation Foresight Wind Colorado Mountain Club Boulder Community Hospital Friends of the Earth Colorado Mule Deer Association Boulder County Friends of Great Salt Lake Colorado Renewable Energy Society Boulder Renewable Energy and Grand Canyon Trust Colorado River Water Energy Efficiency Working Group Grand Junction Water Conservation District Boulder Water Utility Utilities Department Colorado Solar Energy Bridgerland Audubon Society Grand Valley Citizens’ Alliance Industries Association Bristlecone Alliance Great Old Broads for Wilderness Colorado Springs Utilities Californians for Western Wilderness Great Plains Institute Colorado State University Centennial Water and Great Salt Lake Audubon Society Colorado Trout Unlimited Sanitation District Great Western Institute Colorado Water Conservation Board Center for Biological Diversity Greater Yellowstone Coalition Colorado Waterwise Council Center for Clean Air Policy Gunnison County Colorado Wild Center for Energy Efficiency and High Country Citizens’ Alliance Colorado Wilderness Network Renewable Technologies High Uintas Preservation Council Colorado Wildlife Federation Center for Native Ecosystems Interwest Energy Alliance Colorado Working Landscapes Center for Resource Conservation Irvine Ranch Water District Community Action New Mexico Center for Resource Solutions Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance Conservation Voters New Mexico Citizen Alert 3A Still High Afternoon (detail)
    • Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District Otero Mesa Coalition SouthWest Energy Alliance Wasatch Clean Air Coalition Las Vegas Valley Water District Pacific Institute Southwest Energy Efficiency Project Water Conservation Alliance of Southern Arizona League of Conservation Voters Education Fund PacifiCorp Southwest Environmental Center West Jordan City Utility League of Women Voters—Los Alamos, NM Phoenix Water Services Department Southwest Gas Corporation Western Area Power Administration League of Women Voters of Salt Lake Pitkin County Southwest Research and Information Center Western Business Coalition for League of Women Voters of Utah Powder River Basin Resource Council SunEdison Corporation New Energy Technologies Living Rivers Powerlight Corporation Tempe Water Utilities Department Western Clean Energy Campaign Mesa Utilities Department Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada Town of Carbondale Western Colorado Congress Metro Mayors Caucus—Colorado Public Employees for Environmental Trout Unlimited Western Environmental Law Center Responsibility Montana Environmental Information Center Tucson Electric Power Company Western Governors’ Association Public Service Company of New Mexico National Audubon Society Tucson Water Department Western Grid Group Quiet Use Coalition National Parks Conservation Association U.S. Department of Energy—Wind Western Mining Action Project Red Cliffs Audubon Society Powering America National Renewable Energy Laboratory Western Organization of Resource Councils Red Rock Forests U.S. Environmental Protection Agency National Trust for Historic Preservation Western Progress Renewable Choice Energy U.S. Public Interest Research Group National Wildlife Federation Western Regional Air Partnership Renewable Northwest Project Uncompahgre Valley Association National Wind Coordinating Collaborative Western Slope Environmental Rio Grande Restoration Union of Concerned Scientists Natural Resources Defense Council Resource Council Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Coalition Universal Entech The Nature Conservancy Westminster Water Utility Rock the Earth University of Colorado—Boulder Navajo Nation chapters of Counselor, White River Conservation Council Huerfano, and Pueblo Pintada Rock the Vote University of Colorado Environmental Center Wild Utah Project Nevada Conservation League Rocky Mountain Clean Air Action University of Denver WildEarth Guardians Nevada Power Company Rocky Mountain Climate Organization University of New Mexico Law School The Wilderness Society Nevadans for Clean Affordable Reliable Energy Rocky Mountain Farmers Union University of Washington Wilderness Workshop New Mexico Audubon Council Rocky Mountain Institute Upper Arkansas and South Platte Project Wildlands Center for Preventing Roads New Mexico Citizens for Clean Air and Water Rocky Mountain Recreation Initiative Upper Green River Valley Coalition The Wildlands Project New Mexico Coalition for Salt Lake City Dept. of Public Utilities Upper Gunnison River Water Wildlife Management Institute Clean Affordable Energy Conservation District Salt River Project World Wildlife Fund New Mexico Community Foundation Utah Airboat Association San Juan Citizens Alliance Wyoming Audubon Society New Mexico Energy, Minerals and Utah Clean Energy San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council Natural Resources Department Wyoming Business Council Utah Dept. of Natural Resources, San Miguel County New Mexico Environmental Law Center Division of Water Resources Wyoming Infrastructure Authority Santa Clara Valley Water District New Mexico Physicians for Utah Environmental Congress Wyoming Outdoor Council Save the Poudre Social Responsibility Utah Forest Network Wyoming Wilderness Association Save the Roan Campaign New Mexico Solar Energy Association Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment Wyoming Wildlife Federation Sierra Club New Mexico Wilderness Alliance Utah Rivers Council Xcel Energy Sierra Pacific Power Company Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District Utah Waterfowl Association Smart Growth Advocates Northern Plains Resource Council Utah Wilderness Coalition Southeastern Water Conservancy District Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Utility Wind Interest Working Group Southern Nevada Water Authority Ogden City Water Utility Division The Vote Solar Initiative Southern Rockies Ecosystem Project Oil and Gas Accountability Project Wasatch Audubon Society Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance The Ormond Group 23
    • Financial Summary 2006 2007 Revenue in 2007 REVENUE Grants $3,284,617 * $1,567,093 Individuals 307,612 352,085 Endowment 25,601 18,372 Grants 65.2% Organizations 73,156 81,466 Attorney Fees 32,808 61,747 Government Interest Income 32,585 74,184 0.6%, Other 6,980 9,832 Other 0.4% Government 49,050 14,259 Fiscal Agent Fees 3.2% Business 17,397 101,931 Individuals 14.6% In-kind 83,939 45,212 In-kind 1.9% Attorney Fees 2.6% Fiscal Agent Fees 64,800 77,642 Business 4.2% Interest 3.1% TOTAL REVENUE $3,978,545 $2,403,823 Endowment 0.8% Organizations 3.4% Expenses in 2007 EXPENSES Expense by Program Energy 1,020,562 1,396,393 Energy 52.0% Lands 324,077 336,581 Water 325,281 327,918 Communications & Outreach 60,000 60,484 Lands 12.5% Utah 149,289 177,585 Total Program Expenses 1,879,209 2,298,961 Water 12.1% Fundraising 128,316 125,101 Administration 302,284 262,324 Communications & Outreach 2.3% Admin 9.8% Total Nonprogram Expenses 430,600 387,425 Utah 6.6% Fundraising 4.7% TOTAL EXPENSES $2,309,809 $2,686,386 Total Programs 85.6% Change in Net Assets $1,668,736 $(282,563) * Note. A large percentage of WRA grants are received for a two-year Net Assets at Beginning of Year 1,266,819 2,935,555 grant period and are recorded, in full, the year they are pledged. Net Assets at End of Year $2,935,555 $2,652,992 This is the cause of the fluctuating change in net assets from year to year.
    • Staff 2007 Board 2007 Karin P. Sheldon Christopher Wirth Executive Director Boulder, CO President Penny Anderson John Taylor Energy Program Assistant/Computer Boulder, CO Vice President A J Grant Operations Manager Boulder, CO Secretary David Becker Kim Kasic Utah Staff Attorney Boulder, CO Treasurer Charles Benjamin Bonnie Colby Nevada Office Director Tucson, AZ David Berry Martha Davis Energy Program Senior Policy Analyst Littleton, CO Andria Bronsten Patrick de Freitas Office/Human Resource Manager Salt Lake City, UT Mike Chiropolos A.J. Grant Lands Program Director Boulder, CO Jennifer Coken Donna House Director, Western Clean Energy Campaign Alcalde, NM Peter Conovitz Sarah Krakoff Water Resource Analyst Boulder, CO Tom Darin Brooke Mayer Larson Staff Attorney Boulder, CO Rick Gilliam Heidi McIntosh Energy Program Senior Technical Advisor Salt Lake City, UT Eric Guidry Tricia Nichols Energy Staff Attorney Denver, CO Taryn Hutchins-Cabibi Wayne Petty Water Policy Analyst Salt Lake City, UT Susan Innis John Taylor Green Power Marketing Director Boulder, CO Debbie Lewis Charles White Lands Program Attorney Denver, CO Mike Mendelsohn Christopher Wirth Senior Policy Advisor Boulder, CO Steve Michel The Honorable Energy Staff Attorney Bart Miller Stewart Udall Water Program Director Santa Fe, NM Honorary Director Regina Nichols Office Manager/Legal Assistant John Nielsen Energy Program Director Carrie Pearse Development and Communications Coordinator Christine Quenroe Bookkeeper Our Mission Bob Randall Lands Staff Attorney Anita Schwartz Development and Communications Director Nicole Theerasatiankul Western Resource Advocates’ mission is to protect the West’s Development and Communications Coordinator Joro Walker Utah Office Director land, air, and water. Our lawyers, scientists, and economists: Justin Wilson Organizing Director, Western Clean Energy Campaign 1) advance clean energy to reduce pollution and global warming; Leadership Council 2) promote urban water conservation and river restoration; and Maggie Fox 3) defend special public lands from energy development and David Getches unauthorized off-road vehicle travel. Eugene and Emily Grant James Kelley We collaborate with other conservation groups, hunters and Jay Kenney fishermen, ranchers, American Indians, and others to ensure Robert Musser a sustainable future for the West. Gail Schwartz Michael Yokell Design: Carlson Design | www. jeremy carlson . com Printed on New Leaf Reincarnation Matte: 100% recycled, 50% post-consumer, processed chlorine free.
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