July 2015 Rio Chama Landowner Meeting

In 2013, landowners responded to a CPLA survey about needed resources related to managing their lands and accomplishing conservation projects. With added staff capacity in 2015, CPLA put together the Rio Chama Workshop as one of several workshops in 2015 designed to begin addressing those requests. The goals of the workshop were to introduce landowners to examples of riparian restoration and other agriculture and conservation related projects, technical and financial resources available for improvements of their lands, and to discuss opportunities for increasing our collective impact for the greater good throughout the Rio Chama watershed. Representatives from New Mexico State Forestry, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Chama Peak Land Alliance, New Mexico Land Conservancy, Partners for Fish and Wildlife, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, and Rio Grande Restoration presented on their programs available to landowners. Programs range from forest health management, habitat improvements for fish and wildlife and dealing with wildlife problems, conservation easements on working lands, agricultural improvements, to watershed planning. The group discussed that the San Juan-Chama region is ready to begin planning across jurisdictions (public-private) to address resource issues with on-the-ground projects at the landscape-scale. Issues including riparian health, wildlife movement and habitat, and landscape threats were identified and CPLA is exploring these options.

Watch short videos of our meeting below.


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