We are lucky to be surrounded by one of the largest National Forests in the continental United States. The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forest contains some of the most spectacular scenery, critical habitats, and beautiful recreational areas in the country. Every few decades, the US Forest Service must review and revise the management plans for each of its forests. The USFS has just begun this multi-year process.
Youth Outdoor Network
The Western Slope Conservation Center is collaborating with the US Forest Service, Delta County School District, and the GOCO Inspire Nature Connection Coalition to create the Youth Outdoor Network. This program is designed to support the connection between Delta County and Olathe High School student, s, the incredible natural resources located in our backyard, and the natural resource career paths available to young adults in our region. The Youth Outdoor Network is also providing a venue for local youth to meaningfully engage in the GMUG Forest planning process.
Public Participation in the Forest Plan Revision
The Western Slope Conservation Center is working with a coalition of other environmental groups in the region to provide meaningful, detailed, and substantive support to the USFS as they move forward with the GMUG Forest Plan Revision. This process will take years, but will include a number of different opportunities for local community members to engage. The Conservation Center will educate, promote, and organize opportunities for our members to participate. Stay tuned for more information.