San Juan Public Lands Center, formed by the San Juan National Forest and
the San Juan Resource Area of the Bureau of Land Management, increasingly
are joining with area citizens, college professors, businesses, non-profit
organizations, and local governments to learn how to become better stewards
of public lands and natural resources associated with them.
Many in southwest Colorado believe that a collaborative process of sharing responsibility, learning, and doing hands-on problem solving is the best method to take on the challenge of change in these times of rapid social, cultural, economic, and ecological change, when community and ecosystem sustainability and well-being are not assured.
is Community-Public Land Stewardship?
Community-Public Land Stewardship also depends upon the resources and expectations that participants bring to their cooperative endeavors. Partners contribute an array of expertise, such as the knowledge of ecology, funding in the form of grants, cost-shares, matching and in-kind services, project administration and consultation, technical assistance, facilitation and field coordination.
For public land managers, community-ecosystem stewardship is a style of public land management characterized by:
For community members, who often possess a wealth of knowledge about local forests, community-public land stewardship can be as simple as communicating with others about caring for the land and how they hope its use reflects their values.
For more information about Community-Ecosystem Stewardship, visit some of the Stewardship Web Links listed.
"In effect, we should be looking for a new relationship between government, science, and citizens that supports stewardship by people, rather than looking for more regulatory and decision making powers in government."
Gary McVicker, Aurora Partnership Meeting
How to Plan
and Conduct A Collaborative Meeting
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