The Gravelly Collaborative is a diverse group of citizens and stakeholders who value the Gravelly area for its rich fish and wildlife habitat, natural resources, opportunities for recreation, and clean water. We believe that through cooperation and open dialogue, we can help advance solutions to shared problems. Initiated in 2012, we have strived to include all relevant interests and to foster a transparent, consensus-driven approach to addressing natural resource and community concerns of the Gravelly landscape.
The diverse habitats in the Gravelly Landscape provide clean water, wildlife habitat, and many other values important to local communities and people across the country. Prolonged droughts, insect outbreaks, and the increasing risk of severe wildfires threaten the landscape’s ability to recover from these types of changes. At the same time, differences of opinion regarding national forest stewardship and complex decision-making processes have led to increased polarization and very little management activities on the ground.
Our collaborative approach with diverse participation can foster trust, effective communication, and transparency in public forest management. By focusing on issues within a zone of agreement, we can advance stewardship that addresses current threats to our forests and benefits wildlife, local economics, and clean water. Consensus driven problem solving presents a better way forward on our public forests than conflict, litigation, or inaction.
Who we are:
Local community members, ranchers, hunters, anglers, conservation organizations, timber companies, recreation users, local watershed groups, businesses, state and federal land management agencies, and local and state government.
We welcome new participants who share a commitment to the Gravelly landscape and are willing to accept basic ground rules for respectful, honest collaboration. Use the contact page to be added to our mailing list.
What we do:
Our overarching goal is to develop ecologically appropriate, scientifically supported restoration projects that will benefit the forests, fish and wildlife populations and local communities of the Gravelly landscape. Using the best available science and local expertise, our collaborative group aims to advance necessary on-the-ground projects that will:
- Enhance and restore fish and wildlife habitat
- Improve the resilience of forests
- Allow wildfire to play its natural role in the landscape
- Manage weeds
- Support the diverse uses of the landscape
- Fix eroding trails and roads
The GLC spent many months learning about current conditions on the landscape and identifying what future conditions would best serve the resources, users and natural processes unique to this place.
Community-based conversations were aided by current science and resource specialists and ultimately outlined a set of goals and actions for the Greenhorn area. This proposal is now in review by the USFS as they complete a thorough inventory and analysis including consistent public involvement. For more information please visit the Greenhorn Project website: https://www.fs.usda.gov/project/?project=51053
How we operate:
The GLC is a community-based collaborative that operates through consensus and a commitment to seek common-ground solutions.