Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative


Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative

– Healthy lands for healthy communities

Can you imagine life without our colorful aspen forests, recreational trails, and abundant clean running rivers?  


The seed for the collaborative was planted in 1993 with the Public Lands Partnership (PLP), a local working group comprised of community members, businesses, local governments, and land management agencies.  Since that time, the PLP has worked to foster civic discussion and local action on natural resource issues that affect our economy and ecology.The PLP provides local public forums for airing different sides of natural resource issues.  The PLP has a reputation as one of the longest operating collaboratives in Colorado.

 Public Lands Partnership  (PLP) 
 Promoting Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Communities since 1993.
  • Mission:  “To influence the management of public lands through collaborative efforts in  ways that enhance and help maintain diverse, healthy communities in West Central Colorado.”

In the early 2000′s concerns about declining environmental conditions and deer populations spurred the CO Division of Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Western Area Power Administration, PLP and Tri-State  to create a collaborative group to improve ecosystem health on the Uncompahgre Plateau. The PLP received a Ford Foundation grant to assist with this effort, and Unc/Com was created to serve as the fiscal agent.   The first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in 2001 creating the Uncompahgre Plateau Project.  In 2011 the partners agreed that expanding their successful efforts beyond the Uncompahgre Plateau and the collaborative signed a new MOU under the name  Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative..

Since the beginning, the partners have worked to improve the health of western landscapes in a manner that benefits local communities and economies.   Projects are collaborative and landscape-scale, working across landownership boundaries, strengthening opportunities for local involvement in public lands issues and processes.

In western Colorado our quality of life is dependent on the health of our public lands.  The
Photo courtesy John Fielder Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative (WCLC) is the umbrella organization that supports a large array of programs and projects aimed at improving the health of our public lands.

Our goal is to come together and work synergistically to support diverse, healthy and viable environments, communities and economies  in western Colorado.

Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative partners include:

  • US Forest Service – Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests
  • Bureau of Land Management – Uncompahgre & Grand Junction Field Offices
  • Southwest Region of CO Parks & Wildlife
  • Rocky Mountain Region of Western Area Power Administration
  • Tri-State Generation & Transmission Assoc.
  • Uncompahgre/Com, Inc. 501 C (3)  fiscal agent for PLP & UP
The WCLC  project  works to develop a common vision about how to manage the landscape with our partners to achieve goals through numerous working groups.  To learn more about our working groups visit their websites below:

Uncompahgre Partnership (UP) –www.westerncolc.org
Statement of purpose: To develop a collaborative approach to improve the ecosystem health and natural function of the landscape using best available science, community input and                           adaptive management.

San Miguel Gunnison Sage Grouse Working Group  – www.westerncolc.org/
    • Mission: to work together and coordinate efforts to ensure a thriving population of Gunnison sage-grouse in a healthy, conserved sagebrush ecosystem while helping to ensure a sustainable community in the San Miguel Basin, CO.

Crawford Gunnison Sage Grouse Working Group www.westerncolc.org/

  • Mission: To address concerns about the declining trend of the Crawford population of Gunnison sage grouse, the long term security of this population and the species, maintaining other resource values and uses in this area, and the state of health of the natural system.

By supporting Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative you’re helping us prevent  wildfires, block the spread of noxious weeds, and improve wildlife habitat.   To learn more about how to support our work or get involved, email us at: info@westcolc.org or visit our website at: www.westerncolc.org/