Poudre Canyon Group Receives National Sierra Club Award
SAN FRANCISCO Sept. 23, 2000 The Poudre Canyon Group of the Sierra Club,
based in Fort Collins, Colo., received national recognition from the Sierra Club this fall
for its efforts to reduce sprawl in Larimer and Weld Counties.
The group received the national Sierra Clubs Denny and Ida Wilcher Award, which
honors outstanding achievement in the area of membership and/or fundraising. The group
received the award for membership development accomplished through its "Challenge to
The Challenge to Sprawl campaign is an educational campaign about the economic, social
and ecological costs of sprawl. To date, it has included several special events, such as a
"Tour De Sprawl," as well as publication of a report, Sprawl Costs Us All:
How Sprawl Affects Our Families, Quality of Life, and Communities on the northern Front
Since the reports release in January 2000, group volunteers have hosted four town
meetings and given dozens of public presentations about Sprawl Costs Us All. The
group now has a separate sprawl committee and a Challenge to Sprawl Web site and recently
completed filming a 30-minute educational video for the City of Fort Collins.
The group credits the campaign with a membership increase of more than 100.
"We have received a steady stream of phone calls and e-mail inquiries from new
people who have heard about the sprawl report and who want to volunteer or attend coming
events," said Janna Six, chair of the Poudre Canyon Group.
Six noted that Colorado polls show that growth and sprawl are the topics of most
concern to residents. "By providing the public with ways they could be involved in
stopping sprawl, we are gaining their support," she said. "The Challenge to
Sprawl Campaign is empowering people to visualize changes in the way development occurs in
Membership Chair Jim Dennison accepted the Wilcher Award on behalf of the Poudre Canyon
Group at the Sierra Clubs annual awards banquet in San Francisco Sept. 23.
The Sierra Club, which was founded in 1892 by John Muir, is the countrys oldest
and largest grassroots environmental organization. It currently has more than 600,000
members. For more information on the Poudre Canyon Group or the Challenge to Sprawl
Campaign, call (970) 493-0314 or visit their Web site at http://www.rmc.sierraclub.org/pcg.