Mountain Project 1998-2004
is in its SIXTH year of working with the Ouray and San
Juan County Commissioners, Historical Societies, and the San Juan
and Uncompahgre National Forests to preserve historic mining and railroad
sites within the historic Red Mountain Mining District, as well and
the natural and scenic wonders found there.
The office prepared
a historic preservation and interpretive plan for the district, and
assisted the historical societies with fund raising to stabilize 6
of the 13 most threatened sites. OCS secured $46,000 in funding to
continue planning work within the district, which will include an
in-depth cultural resource inventory and preparation of additional
stabilization plans for the remaining urgent sites.
OCS continues to work
with the Red Mountain Task Force, who with assistance from The Trust
for Public Land, is working on the acquisition from willing sellers
of 10,500 acres of historic landscapes in the Red Mountain area. To-date
nearly $4.5 million has been raised and 3,500 acres acquired and protected.
For the latest
information about progress towards preserving Red Mountain's historic
and natural resources, please visit the Red
Mountain Project Web site.
National Trust for Historic
Preservation has a page devoted to Red Mountain, as well. Please
visit it to learn more about the movement to preserved endangered