Colorado Canyons Association-A Regional Voice
Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) is known for our intense focus on the three National Conservation Areas (NCA) in western Colorado but did you know CCA has become a leader in the west for the type of work we do? There are other groups popping up around the west just like ours, working with Bureau of Land Management (BLM) enhancing the BLM National Conservation Lands of which our local NCA’s are a part. CCA has taken a partnership role in connecting these groups around the west into a powerful collaboration as well as working with BLM to encourage and support these efforts in often rural locales. The idea that a diverse set of local interests can work with the government to better use and protect these lands is a visionary notion that saves tax payer dollars and enhances quality of life for communities across the west. Every year, BLM Conservation Lands Friends Groups like ours add over $2,000,000 of private fundraising to work on these extraordinary BLM landscapes.
We stand committed to using our experiences to assist other groups as they engage in similar work. As part of our national leadership initiative, CCA has recently been appointed to the Board of Directors for Conservation Lands Foundation representing over 60 groups from around the country and host of the conference. We hope to again lead a session at the conference on fundraising and engaging diverse interests at the Rendezvous. With these groups contributing over $3 million dollars in volunteer labor and 125,000 hours of volunteer service, the continued growth of these efforts is paramount to the future of these important lands.
In 2018, CCA was honored to receive the Public Lands Foundation National Landscape Stewardship Award. This award gave us recognition for our efforts in for demonstrating outstanding leadership, vision, and purpose in our partnership with the BLM. We will continue to value and build upon our partnerships with our local community. We hope you will support our efforts in 2020 while we grow and spread the news about how communities can come together to take care of these special places.