Shelly Simmons

Shelly is the new Coordinator for the Purgatoire Watershed Weed Management Collaborative (PWWMC), formally known as Tackling Tamarisk on the Purgatoire, or TTP.  The PWWMC Coordinator position has been made possible by a formal agreement between RiversEdge West, Spanish Peaks-Purgatoire River Conservation District and the Purgatoire Watershed Partnership. 
Shelly received her BS degree in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, CO in 1997.  She has worked in Lower Arkansas Basin since 1999, with a career focused on natural resources management, working for the US Forest Service Comanche National Grassland for four years followed by 12 years with the Colorado State Forest Service. Much of her career has been focused on providing technical assistance to private landowners, communities, non-profit organizations and governmental agencies in the areas of urban and community forestry, arboriculture, and watershed management, as well as extensive outreach and education efforts for both youth and adult audiences.
Shelly is a Southeastern Colorado native whose family has been in the area for four generations. She helps her family operate a small cow-calf ranch in the Purgatoire Watershed.
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RiversEdge West's

mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.