Colorado’s outdoors face many ongoing challenges:
- Shrinking budgets for land management agencies
- Environmental stressors
- Population and development pressure
- Increasing use and sometimes overuse of these lands by the public
- Conflicting needs of public land users
The combination of these creates a need for our attention and community participation to ensure these places are protected and cared for.
The good news is that our communities care tremendously about Colorado’s outdoors, and are willing to help. Every year, volunteers care for habitats, restore burn areas, build and maintain trails, preserve historic structures, plant trees, restore wetlands and streams, educate youth and adults about the environment, act as trail ambassadors, live as campground hosts, staff visitor centers and much, much more. The combined value of these volunteer stewardship efforts is in the tens of millions.
Such challenges and opportunities have brought the topic of outdoor stewardship volunteerism to the forefront. As Colorado’s largest, statewide volunteer stewardship organization, VOC is working to raise greater awareness and encourage discussion on the subject, and we’re honored to be working with numerous organizations and agencies to do so.
Follow the links to learn more about:
The Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition – a partnership of stewardship organizations and land management agencies working to elevate the awareness and importance of public engagement in caring for Colorado’s outdoors in a hands-on way.
Publications & Reports – a collection of research, reports, and publications on the topic of Outdoor Stewardship in Colorado.