Interim chief chosen to run McInnis area

A Delta County resident will head the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area.

Collin Ewing also will serve as the interim manager of the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area.

Ewing, 33, replaces Katie Stevens, who is now the Grand Junction Field Office manager, as the McInnis Canyons manager. He served as the planning and environmental coordinator for the Grand Junction office.

“Paired with his experience in long-range planning, his mix of skills is well-suited to the management questions he’ll work with in managing these national conservation areas,” Stevens said.

Ewing will shepherd the completion of the resource management plan for the Dominguez-Escalante NCA, the first for the area, which will guide its management for the next two decades.

The draft plan was put together with the help of an advisory committee and “all that public comment really helped get us closer” to a workable preferred alternative, Ewing said, noting that he plans to continue to seek public involvement as the management plan is completed.

He’ll also devote time to implementing the permit system in the Ruby-Horsethief area of McInnis Canyons, he said.

Ewing is a northern Colorado native and graduate of Colorado State University with a degree in rangeland ecology.

He worked previously for the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


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