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Colorado: Big conservation groups announce merger

New organization will maintain West Slope presence.

Colorado Conservation Voters and the Colorado Environmental Coalition join forces to meet new challenges

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY —In the second major merger of Colorado-based conservation groups, Colorado Conservation Voters and the Colorado Environmental Coalition this week announced that they will join together to form a new group called Conservation Colorado.

Last year, the Center for Native Ecosystems merged with Colorado Wild to form Rocky Mountain Wild. That merger resulted in several layoffs, including longtime national forest policy experts like Rocky Smith, leaving a big void in the conservation scene.

The latest merger has also resulted in some downsizing, partly through attrition and also through some layoffs on the administrative side of the operation, according to spokesman Chris Arend.

“Part of the benefit of the merger is that you create efficiencies,” Arend said, adding that there will be some “refocusing,” but that the new group has pledged to maintain a Western Slope presence to continue advocacy for the protection of wild lands. Continue reading

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Colorado: Major green groups announce merger

Colorado Conservation Voters and Colorado Environmental Coalition to combine forces

A merger of two major environmental groups in Colorado was announced this week.

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — Two of Colorado’s major environmental groups hope to increase their political clout and social leverage with a merger.

The Colorado Environmental Coalition and Colorado Conservation Voters announced this week that they will combine forces to form a new organization, combining CEC’s strong policy, advocacy and organizing work with CCV’s focus on electing pro-environment candidates to public office and holding them accountable.

Both groups have a long history of collaborating on key environmental issues, working collectively at the State Capitol, and forging strategic partnerships to find success on a variety of levels. Continue reading

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