INDIAN PEAKS WILDERNESS ALLIANCE

aka IPWA   |   Boulder, CO   |  www.indianpeakswilderness.org

Mission

The Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance (IPWA) Mission is to Preserve and Protect the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas. The IPWA achieves this mission, in partnership with the US Forest Service, by running several programs aligned within its four strategic goals of restoration, education, ad vocation, and patrolling.

Ruling year info

1985

Board Chair

Ms. Kelly M Prendergast

Main address

PO Box 17382

Boulder, CO 80308 USA

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Formerly known as

Indian Peaks Working Group

EIN

74-2382891

NTEE code info

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Only 45 minutes outside of Denver Colorado, the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness Areas are amongst the most heavily visited and utilized wildlands in the United States and continually face an increasing risk of degradation due to high levels of visitation. Since the 1980’s, the IPWA has partnered with the US Forest Service in a collaborative stewardship to preserve and protect these areas and remains the only Colorado Front Range non-profit to do so. The IPWA achieves this mission by managing several programs aligned within its four strategic goals of Wilderness Restoration, Education, Advocacy, and Patrolling.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

IPWA Wilderness Patrolling Program

Volunteers with the IPWA will hike and patrol - as volunteers of the United States Forest Service (USFS) - the Indian Peaks and James Peak Wilderness throughout the year. Through our presence in the wilderness, we assist the Forest Service in monitoring the health of the wilderness, answer questions from the public, assisting with ensuring US FS laws are enforced, and helping keep the 'wild' in the wilderness.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The IPWA achieves this mission by managing several programs aligned within its four strategic goals of Wilderness Restoration, Education, Advocacy, and Patrolling.

All of our programs are directed toward preserving and protecting the IP/JP Wilderness Areas. At the same time, our goal is to also instill wilderness values and ethics with our volunteers, while also reaching out to a younger generation of individuals who may not understand the challenges of protecting wild lands today in the United States. As we have recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the iconic 1964 legislative Wilderness Act - which created the Wilderness Preservation System in the United States - our desire is to continue the goals of this act through preserving and protect wilderness forever so that our children (and their children) may enjoy the benefits of having wilderness in the Front Range of Colorado.

Our strategies for achieving our goals are to:

* Build off of the strong legacy of the IPWA in the Front Range community that has been in existence since 1985,

* Leverage the strengths of our 100% volunteer base,

* Expand the scope of existing programs, and bring new programs to the community while working with a broader coalition of local organizations (e.g. University of Colorado, Boulder Valley School District, and other local non-profit groups), and

* Increase our community outreach via newsletters, social media, and community events.

The Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance is a 100% Volunteer organization with roughly 150 Active Volunteers and over 75 Members who may only participate on a limited basis but provide financial support.

Despite smoky days, the ongoing pandemic, the new USFS timed entry system at the Brainard Lake Recreation Area (BLRA), and a new IPWA schedule and reporting system, our Volunteers did not miss a beat and were out in the field helping to keep the wild in Wilderness. After a recruiting hiatus in 2020, we welcomed 14 enthusiastic new volunteers to IPWA, and during the 2021 season, the IPWA Volunteer Rangers were able to achieve the following:
- Performed 380 patrols (summer and winter);
- Dismantled 105 fire rings;
- Patrolled over 3355 miles of trail, encountering over 35,709 hikers and 5,648 dogs.
These numbers represent a significant increase over 2020 levels and are on par with pre-pandemic activity levels.

From an organizational standpoint, the IPWA achieved the following in 2021:
- Fund two graduate level research grants focused on environmental issues
- Funded and staffed 4 trail restoration projects

Financials

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Operations

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INDIAN PEAKS WILDERNESS ALLIANCE

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Kelly Prendergast

Andy Gup

Vice Chair

Fiona Garvin

Treasurer

Emily Herrington

Secretary

Daryl Ogden

Yonah Cohen

CJ Gup

Reghan Gillman

Alexa Carollo

Faith Overhill

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/18/2022

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Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.