Chaffee Rec Adopters & Envision Recreation in Balance
Envision Chaffee County started in 2016 when a group of citizens came together to discuss the future of Chaffee County. In 2017, the County signed the initiative as an official proclamation, and the group created the Envision Community Action Plan. GARNA helped to develop the initiative as a Core Team member. Envision Chaffee County addresses growth, declining forest health, increased risk of severe fire and increasing impacts from recreation, 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. Work is supported by a voter-approved 2018 ballot measure that generates annual funding as the Chaffee Common Ground to support forest health, clean water, sustained agriculture and balanced recreation growth.
One action project is the Recreation in Balance initiative, born from a desire to protect Chaffee County’s recreation opportunities amidst a growing population. 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.
In 2021, the Chaffee Rec Plan was released by the Rec in Balance task force to address the growth of recreation in Chaffee County. Some of the top objectives including sustainable camping, volunteer impact, infrastructure and protecting wildlife. GARNA supports these efforts through programs such as Porta-Potties on Public Lands, Boreal Toad Monitoring and the Chaffee Rec Adopters program.
How YOU can get involved:
– Become a Chaffee Rec Adopter to help maintain our public lands
– Sign the Adventure by Nature Pledge, sponsored by the Chaffee County Visitor’s Bureau and Discovery Pass