The Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program (CFLRP), enabled by Congress, is designed to increase the resiliency of forests and watersheds in priority forests across the U.S.
The Rio Chama CFLRP is the largest project of the 2-3-2 Cohesive Strategy Partnership, which serves as the local collaborative group working with the Forest Service. The Program provides $30 million in funding over ten years.
While the funds from the Forest Service are reserved for federal land, the project is intended to address all lands; private, state, and federal. The federal dollars are leveraged to secure funding for cross-boundary work which is facilitated by the 2-3-2.
The work has just begun! Check back frequently for updates. Visit the USFS CFLRP website to learn more about CFLRP.
Water is the critical connection between the upstream headwaters in the San Juan Mountains and millions of residents in downstream communities who rely on that water. This project covers 3.81 million acres across Southern Colorado and Northern New Mexico (for reference, that’s larger than the state of Connecticut). The Rio Chama CFLR is one of twelve recently designated CFLRP’s in the United States.
The CFLRP is inherently collaborative. Around 50% of the land in the Rio Chama CFLRP is managed by the United States Forest Service. The remaining land is private, state, tribal, and municipal along with land managed by other federal agencies. In a sense, everyone who falls within (and even adjacent to) the boundaries of the CFLRP are participating in or affected by the work, though not always in an official nature. Those who are formally part of the project can be found here on our partner page.