Envision Recreation in Balance Initiative

A prime example of an innovative partnership that GARNA helped to develop as a Core Team member is Envision Chaffee County. Envision Chaffee County is a county-wide planning effort that engages citizens to sustain and improve quality of life and to create the future they want as the county grows. County growth, declining forest health, increased risk of severe fire and increasing impacts from recreation were all topics that GARNA tackled as an Envision partner. The year-long planning phase saw engagement from 1,500 citizens, four local governments, plus 72 non-profit organizations, businesses and agencies. The planning phase helped develop a shared vision for Chaffee County’s future and over 40 community action projects.

One of those action projects is Envision Recreation in Balance. Born from a desire to protect Chaffee County’s recreation opportunities amidst a growing population, Recreation in Balance (RiB) is seeing significant public support. The program is one of the prongs of the Chaffee Common Ground effort, and seeks to establish baselines for outdoor recreation visitor impacts, and then find solutions to mitigate those impacts while supporting our tourism based economy.