Colorado Parks and Wildlife partnership award recognizes long-term efforts in ecological planning and wildfire risk reduction
At a Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Commission meeting on June 1st in Buena Vista, CPW Southeast Regional Manager Brett Ackerman presented a partnership award to Envision Chaffee County for its substantial and prolonged efforts in ecological planning, including helping to reduce the wildfire risk in Chaffee County.
“Envision has systematically moved the ball forward here by creating a wildfire map with wildlife in mind,” said Ackerman. “We’ve had recent fires that have demonstrated what working to reduce the wildfire threat while improving wildlife habitat accomplishes. They’ve mapped critical focus habitat areas. They’ve raised funds for critical infrastructure and ongoing maintenance and received several grants as well in this effort.”
Envision Co-chair Cindy William accepted the award, saying the initiative is committed to “finding real solutions to balance this rapid growth in recreation and visitation, while also maintaining healthy forests, waters, wildlife, and agricultural lands.” Williams also stated, “We think of that as not just a goal, but the very heart of what makes Colorado so special to all of us.”
CPW extended its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation for the “forward-thinking approach” that will continue to make Chaffee County a great place to live life outside.