Introduction to Public Lands Partnership

Feb 7th @ 8:32 am in Local Events, News, People, Public Service by Scott Staley

Judy Ann Files

Thanks to Ralph and Judy Ann Files for the following information.

A Brief Introduction to the Public Lands Partnership

“We strive to be a catalyst, looking for solutions that work for our environment, our communities, local economies, and people.”

… That was the founding purpose of PLP back when the Partnership was formed in 1992 and it still drives our collective work and collaborations today. We are an informal organization involving citizens, local governments, land management agency personnel, businesses, loggers, ranchers, and conservationists in west – central Colorado. 

Goals and objectives:

  • · To influence the management of public lands in ways that enhance and help maintain diverse, healthy and viable communities, ecologies and economies.
  • · To demonstrate different ecologically and economically sustainable approaches that contribute to the health and bio-diversity of public lands in the area.
  • · To better define and strengthen opportunities for local involvement in public lands issues and processes.
  • · The PLP serves as a vehicle for public education and awareness of the economic and environmental issues related to public lands.
  • · Often-times we are seen as a local forum for airing different sides of natural resource issues.

The PLP has been performing this important role since 1992 and has earned several awards along the way including the Regional Forester’s Award in 2006, in 2007, we received both the USFS Chief’s award and the prestigious Secretary of Agriculture award for affecting collaborative change and taking care of the place we live.

And how we work towards those goals…

Our meetings and dialogs involve people and groups that often-times have different viewpoints about, and, different requirements of, our public lands. But, that is primarily what the Partnership does… it brings people together to explore and better understand one another’s perspectives and ideas. This not only serves these different users of our public lands but also becomes an important ingredient in the decisions made regarding the future use and management of our surrounding public land.