Facing Federal Budget Cuts, Partnering with Public Lands to Maximize Recreation Programming
Friday, October 6, 2017
9:20 a.m. - 10:20 a.m. MDT
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Federal land agency budgets for trail maintenance, trail building, and even enforcement for appropriate use on public lands, have remained stagnant or even cut over the last decade. Mountain towns and counties adjacent to these lands have come up with innovative partnering solutions with the federal land agencies to implement important recreation and restoration projects. We have a panel that will speak to these partnerships from all sides: land agency, municipality, and project consultant.
1. The current climate of budgets and constraints facing the USFS.
2. Ways that towns and counties are partnering with the USFS to implement projects they want to proceed with
3. Funding mechanisms, building support for these partnerships and educating the community about them.
1. First Topic : USFS Perspective, Cindy Ebbert, USFS
a. current issues facing the USFS in Colorado
b. examples of ways that towns/counties can partner – SUPs, funding for maintenance, trail crews – building trust to work on USFS lands
2. Second Topic: Summit County restoration projects, Jason Lederer
a. Description of project
b. How partnering happened, how it is working, how it was funded
c. Community support and education
3. Third Topic: Frisco Trails Master Plan, Gabby Voeller
a. Description of project
b. Community Engagement – how do you plan for lands that aren’t IN the Town? How did we partner with the land agencies? What influence did they have?
Implementation strategies for moving forward with funding and partnerships
Learning about innovative partnerships on federal lands, important natural resources in Colorado, can be very informative for planners working in rural or federal-land adjacent communities in this state. Recreation and tourism are important industries for the economy in Colorado and communities across the state are looking for ways to provide recreational amenities in their backyards to “put them on the map” for tourists. Learning about these projects from all sides (private, public, federal) and from subject matter experts from allied professions will enrich the experience for attendees.
This one-hour panel with be comprised of three short talks followed by Q&A from the audience. It will be 1 credit-hour. We will have a sign-in sheet to record CM credits and Gabby Voeller will be the point of contact for administering them.
Gabrielle Voeller, AICP
Shelia Booth, firstname.lastname@example.org