Ouray Recreation & Conservation Alliance

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In June, 2021, the Ouray Recreation and Conservation Alliance (ORCA) were awarded a $60,000 grant from Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO).

ORCA will collaborate to dramatically expand land, water and wildlife conservation as well as advance their shared goals of outdoor recreation, natural resource management, priority setting, and planning for our surrounding areas. The necessity of managing visitors and maintaining infrastructure to provide a positive outdoor experience while limiting resource impacts, has been identified as a top priority. ORCA strives to strengthen public and private relationships and collaborate in their efforts to connect more people to on-the-ground activities, enhancing habitat restoration and conservation.

ORCA is comprised of regional partners, including: Ouray County, the City of Ouray, Town of Ridgway, Gunnison County, Hinsdale County, Ridgway State Park, the Ouray Ranger District of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests, the Bureau of Land Management, the Uncompahgre Field Office, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, National Forest Foundation and the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership.

For more information, please contact ORCA at: orca@ourayco.gov

You can learn more about the Alliance and their plans here, or view the individual meeting information below.

Meeting #4 - February 3, 2022 (Virtual)

Meeting #4 Agenda 2/3/2022

Who is ORCA?

Meeting #4 Recording

Meeting 4 Online "Padlet" Survey

Draft 4 Meeting Record

DRAFT matrix comparing Meeting #3 presenters’ organizations

Meeting #3 - Jan 19, 2022 (Virtual)

• Meeting #3 Agenda

• Meeting #3 Record

• Meeting #3 Presentations:

o National Forest Foundation (NFF) Opening Slides

o Envision Chaffee Slides

o Gunnison County STOR Slides

o SLV (San Luis Valley) GO! Coalition Slides

Full Meeting #3 Video Recording (2 hours)

Meeting #2 - Kickoff Meeting #2 - Dec 12, 2021

• Meeting #2 Agenda

• CPW Partners in the Outdoors Grant – ORCA grant summary & Meeting #1 Themes

• CPW Partners in the Outdoors Grant – ORCA grant summary

• Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnerships Initiative Fact Sheet

• Colorado Outdoor Principles

• Post-Meeting Email Text

Meeting #1 - Kickoff Meeting #1 - Sept 21, 2021

• Meeting #1 Agenda

• Pre-Meeting Email Text

• Small group discussion questions

• Completed post-meeting surveys

• Post-Meeting Email Text