At the hut, we strive to implement Leave No Trace principles into much of what we do and we encourage you to do the same. We all love getting to recreate in these wild places and it takes effort from everyone who visits to not only leave the area in good condition but to also help improve it. We really love the idea that we are all stewards of the natural world and our role is to protect and nourish it. As outdoor recreationists, we have added incentive to do this because the health of the natural world is a key component of our sports. The following are some ways that the hut works to build sustainability and conservation into our practices.
1% for Conservation
We donate 1% of our income to conservation efforts both close to home and further afield. This year we will be supporting Protect Our Winters which is a climate advocacy group that works to affect systemic political solutions to climate change.
Each year Lost Wonder Hut works to improve the health of the forest surrounding the hut. We have all seen the forests die due to beetle kill over the years and we all have either been impacted by large wildfires or know somebody else who has. At the hut, we have been cutting and clearing dead trees for the last twelve years. Not only does this open up the forest to new growth, but it also takes away fodder for large fires coming through the area. This wood in turn becomes the firewood for the hut. Next time you are up there take note of the difference between the trees surrounding the hut, which are generally alive and healthy, and the rest of the mountainside. Our goal is to steadily work outward and continue to clear the dead trees from our land and bring the forest back into a place of equilibrium.
In 1999 Colorado began a program of reintroducing the Lynx into the mountains and over the last 20+ years, the program has both seen success and has been a contentious topic in wildlife policy. We happen to love that they are back in the mountains and believe that they, along with all other preditors who are native to the area, have every right to be here. We believe in balance and in living harmoniously with the natural world. We hope that when you are at the hut you respect the wildlife that is around and enjoy it too!
When we clear dead trees from the forest as part of our fire mitigation efforts we are left with a lot of branches and slash on the forest floor. Fortunately, when these are piled together they create a habitat for Snowshoe hares which are the primary food source for the Lynx. About 80% of a Lynx’s diet is the hare but they also eat Ptarmagin, which have also been found nesting in our slash piles. If you see one of these incredible creatures up at the hut please let us know!
Products We Use
We have tried over the years to use increasingly sustainable products and to provide our guests with alternate options for some paper products. For example, we stock rags at the hut as well as paper towels to be used in cleaning and we hope people trend towards using the rags. We provide Biokleen biodegradable dish soap and Simple Green as our cleaning products. There is a recycle can up at the hut and hope that you all will use it and then sort your things appropriately when you get home. We collect newspapers from a local high school and put them out as fire starter.
We know that there is always more we can be doing to improve our sustainability practices and we are open to suggestions! We tried recycled TP but it was so thin that our guests went through it very quickly.
Coming soon! We are opening up a small online store with Lost Wonder Hut merchandise and are proud to say that we have sourced many of our products from companies that follow sustainable practices. We have partnered with Souled Out T-shirts and Rocky Mountain Engraving to bring you all LWH shirts and mugs! Our shirts are produced by a small company called Allmade and you can read more about their story and practices here.