Meet Our Newest Board Member!

Please join us in welcoming Brittany Wallace, manager at Trout Stalker Ranch in Chama, to the CPLA Board of Directors! Brittany brings a ton of enthusiasm to her work and we're excited to have her join our team! See her biography below for more about her interests and expertise!

All of Brittany’s passions align when it comes to her work as the ranch manager of Trout Stalker Ranch. The 1500+ acre ranch is nestled in the valley of Chama in northern New Mexico. With over 1000 acres in conservation, the ranch’s holistic goals is to steward the private land and water in a way that it may flourish. With her comprehensive background in animal husbandry and her devotion for guiding humans through growth, Trout Stalker Ranch focuses on conservation, recreation & education which allows the ranch to share this protected wild ecosystem with the public through programs or a stay.

Brittany also holds a position as the backcountry wrangler Continental Divide Trail Ambassador. She is currently creating programs and partnerships that support youth and women to adventure into the backcountry. Brittany believes the wilderness holds space for us to re-employ slow living, rewild and reignite the flame of our primitive torch. Partnering with horses and nature as the guides, Brittany facilitates personal growth through experience based education. She is taking steps towards becoming a hunting guide, so that she may teach women how to consciously & respectfully harvest their own food. Follow Brittany on Instagram: @honeymarrow

You can see all our team members’ biographies here.

Brittany Wallace, manager at Trout Stalker Ranch

Brittany Wallace, manager at Trout Stalker Ranch

Join Our Team! Executive Director Position Announcement

Job Posting: Executive Director

The Chama Peak Land Alliance is seeking a full-time Executive Director who will guide the day-to-day administrative, financial, and programmatic actions of the organization. The Executive Director reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for the organization's consistent achievement of its mission, financial objectives, and strategic goals.

The Chama Peak Land Alliance is a diverse group of conservation-minded landowners committed to embracing, practicing, and sharing responsible land, water and wildlife stewardship in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico for the benefit of our tri-cultural heritage and for generations to come. This is a unique opportunity for a highly qualified candidate to become a critical part of a successful private lands based organization that is well known and respected throughout the region and the West.

I. Qualifications and Profile

  • Visionary leader; supervisory experience preferred.

  • Bachelors degree in natural resources, environmental science, forestry, agriculture or related field and a minimum five (5) years of work experience in these or a related field.

  • An understanding of the culture, history and community dynamics in the region.

  • Ability to move conservation efforts forward in a positive, collaborative manner and have an understanding of and sensitivity to the cultural heritage of the region.

  • Excellent administrative and organizing skills, task-oriented and ability to meet deadlines; experience managing multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously.

  • Demonstrated experience in on-ground project management, especially range, timber, wildland fire, riparian restoration, or similar, work. Experience working with private landowners preferred.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Ability to share stories and lessons learned via web, video, presentations and other creative medias.

  • Familiar with Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, Excel, Powerpoint, SquareSpace, Little Green Light, Mail Chimp and popular social media platforms. Comfortable communicating via email, phone, and web conferencing with remotely based partners, Board Members, staff, or volunteers.

  • Experience with non-profit management and best practices.

  • Experience managing private, state and federal government grant awards and required financial reporting, including Federal Uniform Guidance.

  • Successful experience with fundraising, marketing, and public relations.

  • Willingness to travel in the Chama Peak Land Alliance region and spend days away from the main office.


II. Compensation, benefits and location

Salary range: DOE, full-time with benefits. Ideally located in the Alliance region (Pagosa Spring, CO; Chama, NM) or nearby cities such as Durango, CO or Santa Fe, NM or willing to relocate.


III. Application Process

Submit cover letter, resume, and three references by COB August 9, 2019 to Please put “Executive Director Application” in the subject line. Questions may be directed to

Download the job posting and full position description HERE.

Executive Director Transition Announcement

Dear CPLA members, supporters, and friends:

It is with both sadness and anticipation for the next adventure that I am announcing my departure from the Chama Peak Land Alliance at the end of the month. I have accepted a new position with The Nature Conservancy and will be starting with them on August 1st. In my new role I will be supporting wildland fire initiatives across the nation (including in Colorado and New Mexico and the Alliance region!).

I will be remaining in Pagosa Springs for the time being and hope that I will continue to see many of you from time-to-time and as we transition the work of CPLA to the next ED.

It’s absolutely been a pleasure working with all the smart and passionate land stewards of the Alliance region. Your dedication to good private land stewardship is inspiring and an example to others. The Alliance is extremely fortunate to have such dedicated and smart partners, members, and supporters. I’m certain that CPLA will remain an active and trusted partner in all your work together and I am confident that you will achieve every conservation goal you set for this spectacular landscape. I’m very excited that I may be able to continue working with some of you in my new role as well.

Transitions are both exciting and challenging, but I’m very confident that the Alliance will complete this transition smoothly with the help and support of our dedicated Board, members, and conservation partners in the region. I will remain engaged with the organization through the transition as much as possible and hope to see many of you again in the future.

Very sincerely,

Emily Hohman

Emily (left) with Mary Stuever (center, NM State Forestry) and Emma Kelly (right, Bureau of Reclamation) during a field tour in the Blanco Basin in August 2018.

Emily (left) with Mary Stuever (center, NM State Forestry) and Emma Kelly (right, Bureau of Reclamation) during a field tour in the Blanco Basin in August 2018.


Congratulations to the 2019 Scholarship Awardees!

Each year the Alliance offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors at Escalante and Pagosa Springs High Schools to support advanced studies at any university or technical college. These scholarships are sponsored by the 262 Ranches, of Tierra Amarila, New Mexico and other private donors to the Alliance. Students do not need to be majoring in conservation or the biological sciences, but must write an essay describing why private land conservation is meaningful to them.

Check out our 2019 awardees HERE and help us celebrate these exceptional students!

Application materials are available through each school's counselor's office during the winter semester of each school year.

Are you interested in donating to support scholarships for deserving students in our communities? You can donate online HERE. Your entire gift will go directly to students.

San Juan Prescribed Fire Training Exchange - Registration Open!

Are you interested in gaining experience with prescribed fire? Another Prescribed Fire Training Exchange is happening in our region from September 10th to 24th! See the below announcement and link to the application to participate in the San Juan TREX. The Chama Peak Land Alliance is leading a broad partnership effort to coordinate and implement this TREX on private and public lands.

If you don't have the required training we will provide self-study materials. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is available for loan. Burns may take place across multiple jurisdictions covering a wide geographical area. The registration fee may be waived for local partners, landowners, and members of volunteer fire departments on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us with any questions!

Emily Hohman: 888-445-7708 ext. 1 or by email.

Application and more information available on the San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership website HERE.

You can download the flyer below by clicking HERE.

Two great hands-on opportunities in May!!

Two Great Learning and Volunteer Opportunities in May!

Celebrate spring with these great hands-on learning and volunteer opportunities offered by our partner organizations! The Alliance is assisting with the river restoration projects on the Rio San Antonio and is supporting the prescribed fire workshop through our work with the New Mexico Prescribed Fire Council.

Event details are in the flyers below - click for a larger version.

Prescribed Fire Workshop - Watrous, NM

The Forest Stewards Guild, with support from the American Forest Foundation, the High Plains Grasslands Alliance and NMSU, with support from Western SARE, and Fort Union Ranch are pleased to invite you to participate in a Collaborative Prescribed Fire Workshop for private landowners on May 17-19, 2019. 

This workshop is part of an effort to engage private landowners in New Mexico in wildfire mitigation to protect priority watersheds and the resources they encompass. It will also build on last year's workshop hosted by the High Plains Grasslands Alliance, Rio Mora NWR, Forest Stewards Guild, and NM Rx Fire Council, which focused on the prescribed burn planning process. We are lucky to partner with Fort Union Ranch in Watrous, NM for this workshop, which is where the burn will take place. 

A tentative schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, May 17th (9am-5pm): Training and test fire

  • Saturday, May 18th (8am - 6pm): Burn-day

  • Sunday, May 19th (8am - 4pm): Fire line management & mop up

Each day will be structured to achieve shared learning representative of state-wide restoration and wildfire mitigation goals. Morning briefings will provide preliminary training, outline restoration objectives, and walk people through the burn plan. Small groups of participants will then be partnered with an experienced firefighter for effective hands-on learning and question and answer sessions as the burn units are ignited and managed. 

The workshop be grounded in burn models first pioneered by The Nature Conservancy and their TREX program and there will be 10-15 experienced firefighters on hand to guide the process.

This is an opportunity for landowners to learn about using prescribed fire as a management tool in a safe environment under the expert guidance and mentorship professional prescribed fire practitioners. 

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please RSVP to BOTH Katie Meiklejohn ( and Kendal Martel ( with the following information:

  1. The days you plan to attend

  2. If you need lodging

  3. If you have any food allergies

Welcome to Our Next VISTA Volunteer -- Jared Daniels!

We are very excited to announce that our NEW AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, Jared Daniels, has officially joined our team! Jared will be living in Tierra Amarilla and working from the Bureau of Reclamation office in Chama. If you see him around town, please say hello!

Jared Daniels

Jared Daniels

Jared Daniels is the 2019-2020 AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer for Chama Peak Land Alliance and the Bureau of Reclamation. He is from West Nyack, New York and has an Associates of Science in Environmental Science from Hudson Valley Community College and a Bachelors of Science in Geology from SUNY New Paltz. Jared has an interest in developing beneficial relationships between humans and their natural surroundings and views the goals of the CPLA and Bureau of Reclamation with the San Juan-Chama Watershed Partnership as a great fit. Having took part in a ten day geology field excursion of North New Mexico in 2015, he grew to love the natural beauty of the state. He jumped at the opportunity to be here for a year and perform good works for the community towards sustainability and responsible land stewardship.

You can learn more about the San Juan-Chama Watershed Partnership on their website.

Caitlin's Year of Service is Ending Soon...

After a year of service, Caitlin Barbour, our current VISTA, will be completing her term on March 18th. She has spent the last year working on getting the Partnership reorganized, planning Congreso 2019, and building a platform for the next VISTA. During this year as an AmeriCorps VISTA, she has been rewarded with the experience of working in a professional setting, expanding her skillsets and knowledge, and has been exposed to more cultures and communities than she would have otherwise been able to experience.

Some of her most memorable moments include exploring the local outdoors, being able to visit multiple parts of New Mexico and Colorado through traveling for presentations & workshops, and meeting so many new people from different backgrounds.

The biggest challenge she faced was becoming familiar with the area quickly enough, especially as she is the first VISTA to come from out of state. Another factor of this was living in a rural area as the majority of her life has been spent in urban or semi-urban locations.

With the experiences and fun that she's had during this past year, the AmeriCorps VISTA experience is definitely something that Caitlin would recommend. Whether somebody is needing a foot in the door with experience, unsure if a certain career field is for them, or somebody taking a gap year, her experience as a VISTA is something that she will always remember and be grateful for.

Recently, the Partnership sponsors applied for another three-year VISTA project and were approved! This project will have a large focus on education and outreach and will also be working more closely with the Partnership than the previous project. Our next AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteer, Jared Daniels, will begin serving as VISTA in April.

Thank you to Caitlin for her service and best wishes for the next adventure!

If you’d like to reach out to Caitlin and thank her for her year of service or ask questions about AmeriCorps and VISTA you can email her until March 18th.

Learn more about the VISTA position.

Join us March 14th from 5 - 7 pm for a going-away gathering for Caitlin in Chama! Light pizza and drink refreshements will be served; please bring a dish to pass. RVSP to Emily for directions (email or 888-445-7708 ext. 1).

Will you help us support local graduating seniors?

Did you know that CPA offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors at Escalante and Pagosa Springs High Schools? These scholarships support advanced studies at any college, university, or technical college and are sponsored by 262 Ranches, of Tierra Amarila, New Mexico, and donors like you!

Students do not need to be majoring in conservation or the biological sciences, but must write an essay describing why private land conservation is meaningful to them. First place awards of $1,000 and runner-up awards of $500 are given to as many students as our fund can support in a given year.

Application materials are available through each school's counselor's office during the winter semester of each school year (pst…materials are available NOW!).

Interested in donating to support this scholarship fund? We’d LOVE to add your support for these amazing students! Click here to donate online or send a check made out to “Chama Peak Land Alliance” to PO Box 5701, Pagosa Springs, CO 81147. Make sure to indicate your donation is for the scholarship fund.

Read about the exceptional students that received scholarships in 2018 here.