Sheep Mountain Alliance (SMA) is a grassroots citizen organization dedicated to the preservation of the natural environment in the Telluride region and southwest Colorado. We provide protection of regional ecosystems, wildlife habitats and watersheds, and offer outreach and educational opportunities.
SMA began in 1988, when a group of concerned citizens halted a logging project just below timberline on the slopes of majestic Sheep Mountain, south of Telluride at Lizard Head Pass. Empowered by the effectiveness of their grassroots efforts and inspired by the environmental protection work needed in our fast-growing region, these activists formed SMA.
Since that time, SMA has worked diligently with individuals, organizations, local landowners and public land managers on public lands issues, private land conservation and wildlife habitat protection. SMA partners with regional and national groups including the Southern Rockies Conservation Alliance, The Wilderness Society, Telluride Mountain Club and the San Miguel Watershed Coalition.
Key SMA campaigns over the years have included:
• Negotiating with the Telluride Ski Area to ensure strong environmental protections for the Prospect Basin expansion.
• Initiating the acquisition and open space preservation of the Telluride Valley Floor.
• Producing environmental education forums during local elections.
• Creating the citizen-proposed San Juan Mountain Wilderness, which will include our beloved Sheep Mountain when enacted as law.
• Stopping the proposed Piñon Ridge Uranium Mill and promoting the cleanup of industry-damaged lands in the Dolores and San Miguel River Watersheds.
• Working toward a Wild & Scenic designation for the San Miguel River.
SMA is a federal nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.