Public Lands



The proposed San Juan Mountains Wilderness Areas (John Richter Photography)

SMA serves as the public lands watchdog for the Telluride region and southwest Colorado. Our goal is to maintain strong working relationships with public land managers to both encourage conservation efforts of our sensitive lands and provide education for regional residents and visitors. We have worked to establish strong relationships with both USFS and BLM land managers, ensuring regular communication and coordinated public education efforts. We continue to support broader national movements to protect public lands, like in the case of Bears Ears.


SMA is also involved on work in Forest Health, the idea that a healthy forest is made of a healthy ecosystem, species diversity and the ability to cope with serious risks (ex; fires, floods). We hold the conservation seat on the SBEADMR (Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response) Adaptive Management group.

Current Projects
• Following the BLM’s Uncompahgre Field Office Resource Management Plan
• Monitoring the USFS Grand Mesa Uncompahgre Gunnison Office’s proposed “Spruce Beetle Epidemic and Aspen Decline Management Response”.
• Initiating bi-monthly public lands events for the immigrant and LatinX community in the Telluride Region
• Working to get the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act to D.C. (Currently in need of protection, sign here to support).
•Working with the Dolores River Coalition to ensure a lasting conservation plan for the Dolores River Corridor


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