The Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative, a local effort that evolved out of public lands policy oversight work of the Delta-Montrose based Public Lands Partnership, has been awarded the 2013 Colorado Collaboration Award.
The award is a $50,000 prize which recognizes "excellence and innovation in non-profit partnerships."
The award was presented last month in Denver by the Colorado Nonprofit Association.
The Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative is managed by a Delta-based non-profit, Uncompahgre/Com. Pam Motley is the director of Uncompahgre/Com. It has a local board of directors comprised of Susan Hansen, former Delta County administrator; Bruce Bertram, Delta County local government designee; Terry Osborne, banker; Bruce Watkins, retired state wildlife agency official; Judy Ann Files, Montrose mayor; and Jim Ventrello, former Delta County treasurer.
The Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative describes itself as "a partnership of federal and state agencies, including environmental agencies and local utilities, which works to strengthen ecosystems, improve wildlife habitats, and reduce fire danger in Western Colorado's natural spaces."
Motley said of the award, "We're proud and excited to have been selected as the winner of the Colorado Collaboration Award. This prize will help us continue major initiatives such as the Escalante Forest Restoration Project."
Board member Ventrello described some of the organization's work. "The technical committee manages the on-ground efforts including landscape treatments, managing invasive plant species, habitat restoration and monitoring. The local native seed project is mostly under their direction. The Public Lands Partnership serves in the capacity of public outreach and takes up public lands issues. The North Fork Coal Working Group is under the wing of the PLP, for example," Ventrello said.
"Overall, since 2001, Uncompahgre/Com has received just over $8 million in funds from all sources that have been expended for a broad range of programs and their associated activities. It is estimated that 75 percent of that total has gone to entities and individuals in the local area. The intent is to pool resources to solve landscape issues that do not stop at 'jurisdictional boundaries,'" Ventrello said in an email response to the DCI.
The Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative's core partners include the U.S. Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Western Area Power Administration, and Tri-State Generation & Transmission Association.blog comments powered by Disqus