Tag: public lands stewardship

Colorado forum focuses on collaborative land stewardship

Partnering on public lands

Collaboration is on the agenda at a March 23 stewardship forum in Grand Junction.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Struggling with funding shortfalls and increasing and competing demands on natural resources, public land managers are increasingly relying on collaboration with citizens and user groups to get the needed work done.

The drive toward collaboration, rather than confrontation, will manifest in western Colorado this week, as stewardship groups, volunteer coordinators and citizens gather Friday  in Grand Junction for the Western Slope Outdoor Stewardship Forum.

One of the panelists is Dave Neely, top man for the U.S. Forest Service Eagle/Holy Cross Ranger District, who firmly believes that engaging the public in stewardship of public lands is a big part of maintaining a sustainable economy in Eagle County.

“We need to connect people to the landscape, and we need healthy landscapes to support a sustainable economy … If you think about how people make a living here, so much is tied to the quality of our natural resources,” said Neely, who will be part of an early morning panel on community engagement at the Grand Junction forum. The full agenda is online here. Continue reading “Colorado forum focuses on collaborative land stewardship”


Colorado: Land stewardship ethic more critical than ever

New organization aims to engage 1 million Coloradans in volunteer efforts

Public lands in Colorado need your help.

By Bob Berwyn

Volunteers in Colorado donated 1.3 million hours of their time in 2010 to care for habitats, build trails, preserve historic structures, educate youth and adults about the environment and staff visitor. The combined value of these efforts is nearly $28 million, according to a new report released by the Colorado Stewardship Advisory Council.

Hundreds of people came to the  State Capitol April 21 to celebrate those efforts on April 21, designated by Governor John Hickenloope Outdoor Stewardship Day. The purpose was to raise awareness about the important role of  volunteerism plays in protecting and preserving state and national Parks, national forests and BLM lands. Continue reading “Colorado: Land stewardship ethic more critical than ever”

Hands-on stewardship with the Youth Conservation Corps

Members of the 2010 Rifle District YCC crew take a break at the “office," From left to right are crew leader Lauren Jebens and crew members Hannah McDermott, Amy Hernandez and Viry Gonzalez. Not pictured is crew member Alejandra Chavira. PHOTO COURTESY U.S. FOREST SERVICE.

Rifle-based crew introduces high schoolers to Forest Service natural resource management practices and career opportunities

By Summit Voice

SUMMIT COUNTY — As Colorado high schoolers return to class in the next few weeks, they’ll all be eager to tell their friends what they did during summer vacation. At least four young women from Glenwood Springs will be able to describe how they learned about what it takes to be good stewards of our public lands, one of the West’s greatest treasures.

Juniors Alejandra Chavira, Amy Hernandez and Viry Gonzales, along with senior Hannah McDermott, spent their summer working for the Forest Service as a part of the Youth Conservation Corps. The national program  gives young people an opportunity to learn about natural resources management and natural resources career opportunities through hands-on conservation work. Continue reading “Hands-on stewardship with the Youth Conservation Corps”