Monday, September 26, 2016

Cross Boundary Field Tour in New Mexico and Colorado

Field tour visits in Northern New Mexico and Southwest Colorado. Photos: Paul Orbuch 
Successful collaborative efforts that lead to cross-boundary achievement are not surprising in New Mexico and Colorado.       Ongoing sharing and learning about the pathway to these successes, as well as the challenges, is key to helping others achieve similar results.

On August 18 and 19, community members, land managers and community groups got together for a field tour to demonstrate how they work together to make landscapes more resilient and communities safer. US Forest Service State & Private Deputy Chief Jim Hubbard and Associate Deputy Chief Vicki Christiansen were among the visitors for the tour as part of a cross-boundary Cohesive Strategy visit to Northern New Mexico and Southwestern Colorado.  

The tour began in Santa Fe where visitors met forest health groups to talk about issues surrounding the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) and the need for secure water resources. They also visited the Chama Peak Lands Alliance which works in both states to include ranchers in lands and watershed protection. In Pagosa Springs, Colorado, the group discussed issues around the WUI when rural towns are situated in lands predominantly managed by the Forest Service.  At each stop, the group learned about successful projects and efforts that are the direct result of diverse partners working together, across boundaries to protect headwaters and communities. 

The tour concluded with a view into the past at Chimney Rock National Monument which highlighted the idea that issues of resource management are not new for communities in Colorado and New Mexico.

Here's a great video about partnerships and collaborative success from the area.  

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