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Chama Peak Land Alliance Newsletter January 2013

The Chama Peak Land Alliance (CPLA) has some exciting news in 2013 and unique opportunities for area landowners to apply for habitat restoration funding and feed their cows with a SKA brewing mash that is high in protein and carbohydrates! We look forward to working with you this year to accomplish our goals of sound land management in the southern San Juans of Colorado and New Mexico.
E-Newsletter January 2013 

Happy New Year!

 

The Chama Peak Land Alliance (CPLA) has some exciting news in 2013 and unique opportunities for area landowners to apply for habitat restoration funding and feed their cows with a SKA brewing mash that is high in protein and carbohydrates! We look forward to working with you this year to accomplish our goals of sound land management in the southern San Juans of Colorado and New Mexico.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Richard Gooding, Chair        Jeb Binkley, Vice-Chair

 

Donate Online To the Alliance!
The Alliance can now receive donations online! Please consider giving us your generous tax-deductible contribution.

The Chama Peak Land Alliance has applied for its 501c3 non-profit status from the IRS and all donations will be retroactively tax-deductible.  Click Here to Donate.
CPLA Receives NFWF Grant for Education
Landscape Stewardships 
The Alliance is pleased to announce that we have received a $45,000 grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation's America's Great Outdoors Landscape Stewardship program! The grant is in partnership with Trout Unlimited and is for building capacity of the Chama Peak Land Alliance by developing education initiatives and partnerships in the San Juan-Rio Grande landscape. The project will result in the development of a cost-benefit analysis of an institute that will provide conservation-based education, vocational training, and professional certifications in outdoor recreation, agriculture and land management to strengthen community connections to the landscape, engage local youth in education, and support a sustainable land-based economy. Contact Lesli for more information.
Beer Mash for Cows!
CPLA is currently exploring the feasibility of hauling a mixed byproduct of beer production from Ska Brewing in Durango, Colorado to ranchers in the San Luis Valley and Alliance region. Ranchers can utilize this high protein and carbohydrate feed for their cows, especially in drought years, while partnering in a unique, sustainable effort with a local business. The effort will require some logistical manuevering on CPLA's end, but if we can find enough interested ranchers and one steer as a trade for about 6 million pounds of feed - we are in business! Contact Monique if you have ideas, are interested, or want to help.
Results from Interest Poll
Poll icon Thanks to those of you that took our interest poll so that we can focus on articles that are of most interest to landowners on our blog. The top results included energy issues, both oil and gas and renewable energy.
Grant Opportunities for Private Landowners
Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Improvement Grant
Colorado Parks and Wildlife is seeking proposals to fund habitat improvement projects that put a treatment on the ground for actual habitat work that also serves to reduce conflicts between agriculture and wildlife. CPLA is currently considering wildlife friendly fencing and habitat improvements in the summer range of a mule deer corridor currently being documented by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe that runs east-west from winter tribal lands through the Navajo River Valley and onto ranches north of Chama, NM. Please contact Monique if you have projects in mind that might fit this concept.  
Farm and Ranch Lands Protection

Colorado Natural Resources Conservation Service recently announced the availability of $12 million in funding for landowners to participate in the Farm and Ranch Lands Protection Program (FRPP) in Colorado. Application packages are due on Monday, April 1, 2013. To participate in the FRPP program, landowners agree to limit the use of their land for non-agricultural purposes and to develop and implement a conservation plan if they have fields designated as "Highly Erodible Land." The farm or ranch land must contain productive soils or historic archaeological sites, or support a state or local program policy. Click here for the full press release.

Spring Creek Restoration Fund Raises $6k!
Spring Creek to be Restored in Memory of Jan Bare
Spring Creek In our last e-newsletter we announced an opportunity to restore Spring Creek, a tributary of the Navajo on Crowley Ranch Reserve, in loving memory of Jan Bare.

Spring Creek runs through the Crowley Ranch Reserve and is in need of restoration to  improve the overall ecological function of Spring Creek.

We have received an overwhelming response of $6,225 in loving memory of Jan. Thank you! 
CPLA's DiGiorgio Chosen as Best Conservation Story
CPLA's Director, Monique DiGiorgio, was chosen as one of five winners for Best Montana Conservation Story of 2012 by the Cinnabar Foundation. A panel of judges, convened by Montana's Conservation Fund and led by Montana writer Rick Bass, selected the top stories from among 341 submissions posted on ConserveMontana.org. The winners each were awarded with $1,000 cash prizes to the conservation, educational or research organization of their choice in Montana. Read more here
About Us

The Chama Peak Landowner Alliance is an association of conservation-minded landowners working collaboratively to practice and promote ecologically and economically sound land management in the southern San Juan Mountains of Colorado and northern New Mexico.

 

Members of the Alliance represent a land area that runs from the headwaters of the Navajo River in south Archuleta County, Colorado and the Conejos River system to the Brazos headwaters and Rio Nutrias in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico. The membership currently consists of a land block of approximately 200,000 acres but is continually growing and adding members. Elevation ranges from 7,000 feet to over 12,000 feet including portions of the Continental Divide.

 

For More Information, Contact:

 

Monique DiGiorgio, Director

 

 

More information: http://campaign.r20.constantcontact.com/render?llr=pimexrcab&v=001zsj4A0_3E1HbyYFUIxNEbR6PtvVd3MNCFx-Ae7C_aC7iQok5g_Mlbn0Y-ob7a7vtbVzJSJ9VINrzX2noyLfHizWKYJygHBO2lFMeMbG1YuIG_bmJLYfX6w%3D%3D

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