Group now ‘friends’ of Gunnison, Dominguez-Escalante

A nonprofit group dedicated to the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area has extended its reach to neighbors in the south.

The Friends of McInnis Canyons group renamed itself the Colorado Canyons Association to include two other National Conservation Areas: Dominguez-Escalante and Gunnison Gorge.

“It’s a regional take on a friends group,” said Joe Neuhof, executive director of Colorado Canyons Association.

The group is seeking board members from the Delta and Montrose area to fill out the committee.

The Colorado Canyons Association provides education for students to explore the wild areas in an effort to nurture future conservationists.

The group also will work to connect the National Conservation Areas by helping to facilitate conservation easements, Neuhof said.

A variety of uses are allowed on areas designated as National Conservation Areas. The Colorado Canyons Association works as a liaison with the Bureau of Land Management to care for and conserve the land.

The Northern Dolores River Basin, near Gateway, is under proposal to be named as another National Conservation Area. If the area is conserved as such, the Colorado Canyons Association also will cover that area as a friends group, Neuhof said.


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