IPF Mission


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Common Yarrow
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The mission of the Independence Pass Foundation is to protect the ecological, historical, and aesthetic integrity of the Independence Pass corridor and to encourage stewardship, safety, and appreciation of the Pass.

Founded in 1989, the Independence Pass Foundation works in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, Colorado Department of Transportation, City of Aspen, Colorado Department of Corrections, Pitkin County, and others to:

1. Promote public understanding and involvement in the protection of the sensitive environment of the Pass.
2. Identify appropriate restoration, stabilization, revegetation, and educational projects for the Pass.
3. Coordinate fundraising from private and public sources for selected projects on the Pass.
4. Oversee Foundation projects on the Pass
5. Foster cooperative and mutually productive relationships among community and governmental agencies to accomplish the mission of the Foundation.
6. Represent the interests of the Independence Pass corridor within the Top of the Rockies Scenic Byway process.

Adopted by the IPF Board of Directors, January 4, 1995.
Amended and adopted by the IPF Board of Directors, September 15, 2011

Rockclimbing and backpacking are among the many recreational opportunities that Independence Pass offers.