Outdoor Groups, Land Managers to Hold Public Lands Summit in Grand Junction on July 19th

Tamarisk Coalition
June 28th, 2017 to July 19th, 2017
Outdoor Groups, Land Managers to Hold
Public Lands Summit in Grand Junction on July 19th
Goal is a New Statewide Stewardship Initiative to Improve Volunteer Efforts
(GRAND JUNCTION)  — Local organizations and public land managers will convene in Grand Junction on July 19, 2017, for a local summit on the Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition’s new Statewide Stewardship Initiative.
The initiative, which is funded by Great Outdoors Colorado, seeks to increase the number, impact, and diversity of volunteer-led land stewardship efforts.
“The hard truth is that public funding and staffing for managing our public lands aren’t keeping pace with our state’s increasing population and increasing use of our public lands,” says Ann Baker Easley, executive director of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, one of group’s convening the summit.
“We’re bringing land managers and outdoor stewardship organizations together in meetings like this to create a best-in-the-nation program that links nature-loving Coloradans to the types of volunteer projects that will protect our state’s cherished public lands for generations to come.”
Protecting these public lands isn’t just a question of appreciating nature or making sure future generations gain enjoy Colorado’s natural treasures, either. It is also a question of Colorado jobs and the economy.
According to a recent report by the Boulder-based Outdoor Industry Association, $104.5 billion is spent on outdoor recreation each year in Colorado and seven other mountain states. The industry also supports 925,000 jobs.
To safeguard the special places that anchor this vital economic activity, more than 40 organizations from across Colorado have launched the Statewide Stewardship Initiative. The initiative’s organizers are convening the meeting at the BLM Grand Junction Field Office and several other towns across the state to:
●     Create a statewide Outdoor Stewardship Organization (OSO) asset database for outdoor stewardship organizations, and accessible by land managers;
●     Establish a set of standards that define best practices for volunteer land stewardship projects;
●     Define uniform stewardship metrics and organizational data reporting standards to improve project impact evaluation; and
●     Plan three large-scale stewardship demonstration projects to serve as models for effective land stewardship projects within the state and across the country.
While content is geared towards local organizations and public land managers, this meeting, hosted by Tamarisk Coalition, Bureau of Land Management, and the Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition, is free and open to the public.  Please RSVP here.  Contact Stacy Beaugh Executive Director with the Tamarisk Coalition at sbeaugh@tamariskcoalition.org or 970-256-7400 for more information.


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