Songscape: Roosevelt National Forest

June 30- July 4, 2018

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Our sixth Songscape will be held at Roosevelt National Forest in Colorado with The Burroughs! This is our first partnership with the US Forest Service, as well as our first time featuring soul music.

The Burroughs will create a song inspired by the forest, alongside a music video showing off the landscape that spurred their creativity. Through their talent, this Songscape will generate new fans for public lands, and celebrate one of the most beautiful places on earth. Let's make sure Roosevelt National Forest belongs to the people forever!

  Roosevelt National Forest in Dark Green.

Roosevelt National Forest in Dark Green.


Roosevelt National Forest, managed by the US Forest Service alongside Arapaho National Forest and the Pawnee National Grassland, is an 800,000 acre wonderland, receiving more recreational visitors than any other National Forest/Grassland! The forest rises from the dry foothills of the Great Plains all the way to snow covered peaks that pierce the sky.


The Burroughs are the lucky band that will be enjoying all the National Forest has to offer. Based in Greeley, Colorado, the band has been getting people up and dancing across the state. "Steeped in classic soul standards and outfitted with modern flair, The Burroughs are a nine piece band with a powerhouse sound that has been electrifying audiences across Colorado and beyond. Since 2013, the band has lit up stages with their trademark brand of “Sweaty Soul Music,” quickly earning their rightful place as one of the best live bands in the region". We can't wait to see how they are inspired by their stay in Roosevelt National Forest, and how they interpret their experiences into soul music.

 Check them out at

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From June 30 thru July 4, the band will be based out of Colorado State University's Mountain Campus. Surrounded by the National Forest in a beautiful, secluded mountain valley at an elevation of 9,000 ft., the 1600 acre campus hosts the Colorado State University community and surrounding region for academic field studies, educationally focused conferences and mountain research. Sustain's co-founder, Betsy Mortensen, spent a month up there as part of her course work for her B.S. in Wildlife Biology, and can't wait to share this magical place with The Burroughs.

The Songscape Process

Following a kick off party on June 30th, the band will spend nearly a week hiking, fishing, birding, stargazing, and relaxing in Roosevelt National Forest. We've got master naturalists and expert outdoor recreationists who will immerse the band in all the forest has to offer. Meanwhile, a videographer will be documenting everything to put together a music video. We've also partnered with Cloverlick Banjo Shop who are creating a drum for the band from locally-sourced ponderosa pine, collected at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch!

Once The Burroughs have composed a song inspired by their time at Roosevelt NF, they'll record it at a local recording studio. We aim to release the song and music video in our first ever Songscape Release Show! We will host a public party to show off the new Songscape. Join us in Fort Collins on National Public Lands Day (Sept. 29). Not only are we generating new fans for Roosevelt National Forest through the emotional power of music, but we're also supporting the forest's stewardship. Proceeds from the Songscape song will support the band, Sustain and the Poudre Wilderness Volunteers for 5 years!

OUr Partners

The US Forest Service manages and protects 154 national forests and 20 grasslands in 43 states and Puerto Rico. The agency’s mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations.

We augment our work through partnerships with public and private agencies that help us plant trees, improve trails, educate the public, and improve conditions in wildland/urban interfaces and rural areas, just to name a few. Our team also promotes sustainable forest management and biodiversity conservation internationally.

Colorado State University’s Mountain Campus is a unique and special place that serves critical educational and research purposes. For more than 100 years, students have forged deep connections to the campus while immersing themselves in the environments they study. Today, the Mountain Campus serves a broad swath of ages, imparting environmental science to new generations of scientists, conservationists, and citizens. Located at 9,000 feet and surrounded by Roosevelt National Forest, the campus is open from Mid-May to Mid-October.

As the nonprofit partner of the U.S. Forest Service, the National Forest Foundation works with the agency and thousands of Americans each year to promote the health and public enjoyment of our 193-million-acre National Forest System. We believe that communities should play a leading role in determining the future of our National Forests and Grasslands, so we focus our efforts on connecting these communities, and the people who comprise them, to the tools, knowledge, and funding to become active and devoted stewards of this incredible public estate. We look forward to a future where all Americans know and care about our National Forests and Grasslands.

Cloverlick Banjo Shop, one of our Green Roster luthiers, is an artisan banjo shop that makes heirloom quality banjos by hand in Fort Collins, CO. They are dedicated to building community, respecting the environment and supporting music. Sustain is grateful to have their support and enthusiasm for this Songscape, as well as the incredible drum they're creating for The Burroughs to play in Roosevelt National Forest. The drum is made of beetle-killed Ponderosa Pine collected and milled at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch, just a few valleys over from where the Songscape will be taking place.

Our Supporters

Bohemian Foundation was instrumental in enabling this Songscape. We were awarded a Muse Grant in Fall of 2018 to do a Larimer/Weld County based Songscape, supporting local public lands, bands, and music businesses.  Muse is a responsive, competitive grant program offered by Bohemian Foundation’s Music Programs. Bohemian Foundation is based in Fort Collins, CO as a private family foundation that supports local, national and global efforts to build strong communities. Muse supports music-related organizations and activities in Northern Colorado in order to strengthen community through music. Read more about our Muse grant on our blog or at Bohemian Foundation's website:

 In 1897, C.C. Filson opened C.C. Filson's Pioneer Alaska Clothing and Blanket Manufacturers, specializing in goods to outfit the stampeders to the Klondike Gold Rush. He owned his own mill and manufactured Mackinaw Wool clothing and blankets, knit goods, as well as selling boots, shoes, moccasins and sleeping bags specially designed for the frigid North. Filson kept in close contact with his customers, improving his goods to meet their specific needs. The stampeders depended on Filson. In that era, clothing wasn't a matter of choice, but of survival. Filson's name became synonymous with reliability, satisfaction and honest values. By the 1960s, Filson's reputation as the premier outfitter for outdoorsmen had spread around the globe.

Sustain is very fortunate to outfit The Burroughs in Filson shirts as they brave the alpine mountains of Roosevelt National Forest! Thank you Filson!

 Supporting Sustain for a second Songscape! Look out for some sweet KUHL gear at the Songscape Release Party in September, and you might go home with it!

Supporting Sustain for a second Songscape! Look out for some sweet KUHL gear at the Songscape Release Party in September, and you might go home with it!

 AfterShokz have donated two Trekz Titanium bone-conduction headphones to support this Songscape. We tried them out at Outdoor Retailer and I don't want to go back to regular headphones.

AfterShokz have donated two Trekz Titanium bone-conduction headphones to support this Songscape. We tried them out at Outdoor Retailer and I don't want to go back to regular headphones.