We are lucky to be surrounded by one of the largest National Forest units 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 revised plan will be the blueprint for how our local forests are managed for the next 15 to 20 years. Started in June 2017, the preliminary draft Environmental Impact Statement/Forest Plan Revision will be released on June 10, 2019 for informal public comments.
Click here to view the USFS GMUG Forest Plan Revision page
For the past two years, WSCC, other conservation organizations, local stakeholders, and members of the public, have worked to identify places within the GMUG National Forest boundaries that deserve special protections. The result is the Citizens Conservation Proposal, a proposal that would recommend new Wilderness and Special Management Areas throughout the National Forest. The Citizen’s Proposal, if adopted, would create administrative protections for recommended Wilderness Areas, create additional outdoor recreation areas in Special Management Areas, and prevent additional and increased development on our public lands. For more info, please go to https://www.gmugrevision.com/
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 students, 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.