Our local public lands are one of the greatest resources we have here in Delta County. That's why the Western Slope Conservation Center is excited to announce it has been awarded a new three-year VISTA position to support a number of new collaborative environmental education and recreation projects in our area.
The new VISTA will work with the U.S. Forest Service to create a Youth Forest Advisory Council, which will get Delta County high school students engaged in USFS forest planning processes and educate them about land management careers. The VISTA position will also support the new GOCO-funded local youth environmental education effort called the Nature Connection. Additionally, the position will provide support for the new Delta County outdoor recreation initiative with the goals of responsibly developing land- and water-based economies here in Delta County.
All of these collaborative programs will engage our local communities in a conversation about the future of our surrounding public lands, with the goals of improving access, educational resources, and recreational experience on our public lands and river corridors.
To apply to the first one-year term of the VISTA position, email a cover letter and resume to Alex Johnson, executive director of the Western Slope Conservation Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application window is currently open, with interviews planned for mid-November. The position will begin in early February and will be based out of the Conservation Center office in Paonia.
Learn more about the position, including requirements and benefits, by visiting the Conservation Center website at www.theconservation
center.org. The position is made possible through support from the Office of Surface Mining and Reclamation (OSMRE), the U.S. Forest Service and Americorps VISTA.
On Tuesday, Sept. 11, the Delta County Board of Commissioners called a special meeting to consider the board's response to the Bureau of Land Management's preliminary Environmental Assessment (EA) concerning the lease parcels proposed for the December BLM sale.
Several people from the North Fork were present to provide input.