Chaffee Rec Adopters are energetic and dedicated volunteers who love public lands!
The program was created to address pressing needs as outdoor recreation use and associated impacts on landscapes and watersheds grow. We focus stewardship on dispersed camping and other popular areas of visitation in Chaffee County.
Rec Adopters directly contribute to the health of our lands:
- Support better management by using your handheld device to assess thousands of dispersed campsites
- Report problem areas and issues to land management staff
- ‘Adopt’ specific areas in need of your stewardship efforts
- Take action such as trash pick-up and fixing campsite containment fences
- Watch for abandoned campfires
- Collect important data to help wildlife
- Protect the watershed by reporting erosion and sedimentation caused by improper campsites and social trails
- Monitor all lands from near-town camping to remote locations in Wilderness Areas
- Provide more presence in our beautiful outdoors
Connect with us today to help keep public lands clean, fun and beautiful!
Document and monitor every dispersed campsite in the county by using the Survey 123-Campsite Collector mobile app. Complete new surveys or re-survey sites, and record the stewardship work that you do in the app. You can also report major issues to land managers.
Join Us & Take Action!
Saturdays, Oct. 9 & 23 - noon to 4 p.m.
Help make a complete inventory of Chaffee County's dispersed campsites before the snow flies!
Tuesday the 14th in the popular Clear Creek drainage & Saturday the 25th on National Public Lands Day!
Grab your phone or tablet and help collect data at dispersed camping areas in Chaffee County.
Meet Joe, Rec Adopters Program Manager!
Joe Greiner grew up in Oklahoma and moved to Colorado to get a degree from Colorado State University in Environmental Interpretation (think Park Ranger). Coincidentally, his college internship was inventorying backcountry campsites in Yellowstone National Park! Changing direction after graduation, he worked for Wilderness Aware Rafting in the summers for three years and spent winters in Steamboat Springs as well as guiding canoes in Everglades National Park. In the summer of 1985, he married his lovely wife Sue, and together they purchased Wilderness Aware Rafting. They sold the business in 2020 and are now retired. They love hiking, boating, skiing and international travel, and have recently purchased a camper van they use to camp in dispersed campsites around the country.
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