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Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

Call for Applications from Landowners: Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Through a partner effort, the Regional Conservation Partners Program grant "Building Resiliency in the San Juan - Rio Chama Region" was recently approved for $3.25 million in funding. This grant is a collaborative project to implement on-the-ground conservation practices on forest, range, and irrigated lands across a large region of northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, including the Alliance region....

New Mexico city celebrates $450M drinking water project

A $450 million drinking water project that was first conceived decades ago is paying off as New Mexico’s largest metro area has slashed its reliance on groundwater by almost 70 percent despite the arid state’s struggles with drought. Utility officials are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the San Juan-Chama Project. It has resulted in billions of gallons of purified water flowing through Albuquerque’s taps. Once thought of as a boondoggle, the...

Renewed Investments in our Forest Products Business Community

In response to renewed optimism on the part of our forest products business community, five new and current forest products businesses in southwest Colorado are receiving financing and making significant investments in their businesses through the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) Forest Business Loan Fund.  Circle sawmills, wood excelsior and logging equipment have all been financed in just the past three months by the CSFS Business Loan Fund in partnership...

Establishing Critical Connections and Trust

Through quarterly in-person meetings (hosted at locations throughout the 2-3-2 geography), bi-monthly web meetings, and regular communication, the 2-3-2 has established a critical cross-boundary dialogue about resource management and developed networks for sharing resources, lessons learned, and tools for coordinating land management activities.  Just one of many examples is set forth below. “When Jeremy Marshall [District Ranger, Carson National Forest] told me that the Blanca Mill is putting on a...

Cooperative Prescribed Burning Aided by 2-3-2 Partnership Relationships

While communities both locally and nationally were impacted by large wildfires this year, fire fighters and land managers of the 2-3-2 region kept up fuel mitigation work once conditions improved in September. After working and planning all summer, local managers finally had the resources and conditions necessary to continue important work on prescribed burning in the area. They began burning Saturday, September 8 and continued to work for about two...

Salvaged spruce from Wolf Creek Pass harvested and sold to Pagosa Springs timber framers

This is a story about a San Luis Valley business (Mountain Valley Lumber) that invested in the purchase of trees from the San Juan National Forest. The trees, processed in the Valley, were sold as beams to local Pagosa Springs business owners who produce high-value, craft homes form local materials. Two years ago, the San Juan National Forest squared up to the persistent threat posed by dead spruce on Wolf...

Taos tour and meeting were a success!

On May 22 and 23rd, the 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership met for a happy hour, tour of local project areas and a formal meeting on various subjects. The evening happy hour offered the first chance for partners that normally live hours away to meet face-to-face and brainstorm project ideas and learn about what's happening across the two state region. The 23rd kicked off with a morning tour of a timber...

Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX), San Juan National Forest and local nonprofits collaborate on forestry workshop

On Community Wildfire Preparedness Day, several fire management practitioners, land managers and local residents came together to discuss the silviculture and marking techniques used to manage mixed-conifer forests in Southwestern Colorado. The event was organized by leaders of a prescribed fire training exchange (TREX) and local partners as an alternate activity to implementing prescribed fire since weather conditions did not allow the use of fire. Instead, during the Saturday training,...