Say hello to the Grand Mesa Watershed Resiliency Partnership

Click the link to read the announcement on the Mesa County website:

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests’ Grand Valley Ranger District, in partnership with Delta County, Mesa County and the Colorado State Forest Service, announces the Grand Mesa Watershed Resiliency Partnership, a large-scale effort to reduce the potential for catastrophic wildfire effects in critical watersheds on and adjacent to Grand Mesa. A series of community meetings will be offered to provide the public with detailed information about the effort, the types of projects being considered, and an invitation to participate in planning.

The Grand Mesa Watershed Resiliency Partnership was formed in the summer of 2022 to plan integrated fuel reduction projects in the western portion of the Grand Mesa National Forest. Significant funding for the implementation of the projects is expected in two years. Initial briefings with neighboring agencies, local governments, fire chiefs, utility companies, water producers and wildfire boards have been very supportive. Community members are encouraged to actively participate and help create fire resistant landscapes.

“The size and intensity of large wildfires has increased dramatically in the West over the past 20 years, often with catastrophic results for communities and watersheds. In response, Congress provided funds to implement locally designed projects to reduce the intensity and negative effects of large wildfires. We are now starting to work with our local communities, so we are ready to receive funding in two years. We are fortunate and grateful to have this unique opportunity, and community support will be needed to make this effort successful, said Grand Valley Ranger District Ranger Bill Edwards.

Several open houses in local communities will be available for in-person and online participation:

  • November 2 – 6 – 8 p.m. Cedaredge Community Center, 140 SW Second St. Cedaredge, CO 81413.
  • November 10 – 6 – 8 p.m. Collbran Auditorium, 106 Main St. Collbran, CO 81624.
  • Nov. 16 – 6-8 p.m. Lincoln Park Barn, 910 N. 12th Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501.
  • Nov. 17 – 6 – 8 p.m., Mesa Community Center, 48973 KE Road Mesa, CO 81526.
    • No online option available.

For more information, please contact the Grand Valley Ranger District at (970) 242-8211.

Grand Junction back in the day with the Grand Mesa in the background


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