Upcoming Events

Join us for a Volunteer Recognition Party!

Our volunteers really help make things happen, from our fabulous, fun-filled events to the hard work of wetland and river restoration. Many of you have been helping the Conservancy for a decade or even more. Yet our volunteers have grown in the past year by 60 percent!

Let’s get together and collectively rouse appreciation for what we’ve accomplished. Join us for a special recognition event on Sunday, Jan. 28 from 4-6 p.m. at the Boathouse Cantina in Salida.

During a Jan. 12 meeting in Buena Vista, Envision Chaffee County will present information such as wildlife population declines shown here. Participants will discuss how the data relates to four Community Vision Statements about the county’s future.

Envision to share information about county growth trends

Envision Chaffee County will provide interesting information about how the county is doing compared to community-generated visions for the future, and begin to form strategies for smart growth during a public meeting on Jan. 12.

Central Colorado Conservancy is a partner in Envision Chaffee County — a countywide effort to define the community’s most important assets and create tangible solutions to protect them into the future. The county is projected to grow 31% by 2030 and 52% by 2050, according to the State Demographer.

Through the Envision process, which has involved more than 1,200 citizens since early October, community members have crafted four vision statements about what residents want in 2030 and beyond:

  • Healthy forests, waters and wildlife maintained in balance with outdoor recreation.
  • Community members able to live locally and benefit from an increasingly diversified economy.
  • A friendly, supportive community where participation is encouraged and shared cultural elements connect us.
  • A sustainable agricultural community and open rural landscapes with growth concentrated in and around towns.

The Jan. 12 meeting, which takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Buena Vista Community Center, will feature a data walk with graphs, maps and charts. Participants will view the information and then discuss how the community is doing now compared to the four vision statements above. The presentation will include information about deer and elk populations, trends in beetle related forest die-off, crime rate, business growth, population growth in towns versus the county, wage and housing cost growth, and more.

“Data walk information will create a common language and facts that further connect the community, helping us know where we are making progress toward our common goals and where we need to focus efforts to change current trends,” said Cindy Williams, the team lead for the project and the Conservancy’s Board President.

More than 1,200 people have become involved in Envision since its inception last year. More than 200 have attended meetings and 600 are keeping up on the progress via email. Nearly 7% of the population completed a community survey in October and November that helped craft the community vision statements. Involvement includes representatives from the county’s three town boards, heads of major local government and state agency departments, nonprofits and local businesses. The Chaffee County Commissioners unanimously convened the initiative in September. A December meeting among landowners was well attended by local ranching families.

“We had a productive session, hearing their concerns and vision for the future,” Williams said. “This approach of deep engagement to understand different perspectives is critical to finding common ground and creating Chaffee County’s best future.”

All community members are invited to the Jan. 12 meeting. Those with work conflicts a encouraged to attend a compressed session on Wednesday, Jan. 17, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Poncha Springs New Town Hall Center. Childcare is available for both meetings upon prior request. Contact envision@centralcoloradoconservancy.org to attend or request childcare. For more information, visit envisionchaffeecounty.org.

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