$50,000 grant to improve natural landscape

An entity devoted to improving western Colorado’s natural landscapes has won a statewide $50,000 award recognizing excellence and innovation in nonprofit partnerships.

The Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative won the 2013 Colorado Collaboration Award, which is administered by the Colorado Nonprofit Association.

The collaborative describes itself as a partnership of federal and state agencies, environmental groups and local utilities working to strengthen ecosystems, improve wildlife habitats and reduce fire danger in western Colorado’s natural spaces.

It has its roots in the Public Lands Partnership, formed in 1992 to foster discussion and action on natural resource issues affecting the region’s economy and ecology, and in the subsequent formation in 2001 of the Uncompahgre Plateau Project.

“This collaboration is an outstanding example of how diverse groups with different interests can join together and work toward their common goals,” Renny Fagan, president and chief executive officer of the Colorado Nonprofit Association, said in a news release.

Said Pam Motley, director of Uncompahgre/Com, “This is a huge honor for western Colorado. It represents 15 years of dedication and relationship building among community members. This prize will help us continue major initiatives such as the forest health and wildlife habitat improvement projects and production of native plants for fire rehabilitation efforts.”

The collaborative also has won recognition for its work in forest restoration, weed management and fire prevention, including prevention work along power lines to improve forest diversity and habitat.


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