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Landscape group awarded $4,000

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On Thursday, Sept. 3, Toyota Motor Sales, USA and the National Environmental Education Foundation, also known as NEEF, announced a $4,000 grant award to the Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative.

Recognizing a need for collaboration, the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Tri-State, Western Area Power Administration and a community-based nonprofit Uncompahgre/Com united to develop Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative (WCLC). The WCLC is a collaborative approach to improve ecosystem health using best available science and community input. The WCLC engages citizens, scientific experts and land managers in landscape scale restoration efforts.

In 2011, Toyota Motor Sales, USA and NEEF formed a partnership to launch "About Public Lands Every Day" program to build capacity for local organizations that steward and support public lands throughout the nation. Through this program, NEEF and Toyota Motor Sales, USA are awarding $217,000 this year to 49 groups, including the Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative.

"These funds will be used to strengthen our outreach to the community and attract more volunteers and supporters," said Pam Motley, a spokesperson for the WCLC.

NEEF was chartered by Congress in 1990 to partner with the EPA to advance environmental literacy nationwide. NEEF's vision is bold: By 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people. To achieve its vision, NEEF offers scientific, unbiased, factual information through its own communications platforms, as well as a network of trusted professionals and affinity communities.

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