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I am thankful for landowners and managers that make sure lands are protected for the life they support and for future generations to enjoy. I am thankful that for the last 20 years I have had the great pleasure of working with many of these people across Colorado. I love what I do and I am proud of the difference the Conservancy makes. I am most thankful that my daughter and generations to come will be able to experience and learn from these lands and waters we have protected.
As we close a record-breaking wildfire season in Colorado, I am thankful for our fire crew that worked tirelessly on fires in three states, often being away from their families for weeks at a time. I am also thankful for the renewed support and collaboration with public and private organizations to restore high-risk landscapes across our state. Through efforts like these, we will restore our forests so catastrophic wildfires pose less of a threat to people, water, wildlife — or the many other benefits healthy forests provide.
The Yampa River is one of the most biologically important tributaries of the Colorado River. Preserving its diverse contribution to meeting human and environmental needs is a top priority for the Conservancy. Our work would not be possible if it weren’t for the support of a dedicated conservation community that provides an ongoing commitment to volunteering and needed financial resources. I am thankful to all of those who have joined us in improving river flows, and restoring and protecting streamside habitat.
I’m thankful this season for our partners, community members and students of the Gunnison Basin – people of diverse backgrounds and ages engaging in our work. Over 60 volunteers have shared their time this fall to build simple rock structures to help restore and build resilience of riparian areas and wetlands in sagebrush shrublands. Now that’s something to celebrate! And they’ll be some opportunities next summer for members to get their hands dirty working on new restoration projects. If you want to help, check out our volunteer page.January 09, 2013