Public Lands Partnership
Who We Are:
As one of the longest operating natural resource collaborative in Colorado, the Public Lands Partnership (PLP) came together in 1993 as a loose organization of citizens, businesses, local governments, and land management agencies. Then, as now, this diverse group strives to encourage civic discussion and action on local natural resource issues that affect the health of our Public Lands, the sustainability of our economies, and our sense of place. Over the years PLP has carefully identified public land projects that would benefit from collaborative efforts that enhance and help maintain diverse, healthy communities.
Goals and Objectives of the PLP:
- To Influence the management of public lands in ways that help maintain or enhance diverse ecosystems, healthy economies, and viable communities.
- To demonstrate different ecologically and economically sustainable approaches that contribute to the health and bio-diversity of public lands in the area.
- To better define and strengthen opportunities for local involvement in public lands issues and planning processes.
One of the first of its kind in the West, the Public Lands Partnership (PLP) was one of the earliest “place-based” partnerships in the country, the original mission hammered out was similar to today’s mission. This was: To maintain diverse communities and economies that are in balance with the semi-rural environment of our Counties. One of the group’s earliest tasks was to commission a report that would help clarify the degree to which our communities relied on public lands economically and vice versa. Immediately following this report, local environmental conflicts emerged over coal mining. The Public Lands Partnership undertook a leadership role to resolve the conflict through creating more broad-based community participation and informed involvement. From that has evolved the Public Land Partnerships’ model of operation, which focuses on diversity and education.
- Delta County
- Montrose County
- Ouray County
- San Miguel County
- US Forest Service – Grand Mesa Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests
- Bureau of Land Management – Uncompahgre Field Office
- Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife