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News Release

Larimer County presents 2017 Environmental Stewardship Awards

Department: Board of County Commissioners
Release Date: Jul 13, 2017

Contact Information:

Shelley Bayard de Volo, Environmental Coordination Specialist, [970] 498-5738,

2017 Environmental Stewardship Awards winners

The Board of Larimer County Commissioners, and Environmental Science and Advisory Board honored eight individuals/organizations Monday for their outstanding work with Environmental Stewardship in Larimer County at the 21st annual Environmental Stewardship Awards.

Including this year’s awards, 82 individuals or groups have been recognized since the program began in 1995.  The awards are given to individuals, businesses and groups that have committed to engaging in activities that exemplify outstanding stewardship of the environment.
The award winners for 2017 are:
·         Elkhorn Creek Forest Health Initiative for wildfire risk mitigation in Elkhorn Creek 
The goal of the Initiative was to reduce the risk of high-severity wildfire and lessen the potential for post-fire impacts to Elkhorn Creek, a tributary to the Poudre River.
·         Estes Land Stewardship Association for noxious weed management in the Estes Park area.
Since 2007, the Estes Land Stewardship Association has been promoting responsible land stewardship with volunteers through community based noxious weed management in the Estes Park area, through publications, community outreach events, weed pulling events and public displays.
·        Heather Knight for The Laramie Foothills Project --- Campbell Valley erosion control; Poudre River Ecology Project; and North Fork Weed Co-op.
The Roberts Ranch Campbell Valley Project involved the stabilization of 17 miles of side channels and 3-miles of the main-stem of Campbell Creek.  The Poudre River Ecology Project began in 2002, when Heather became  concerned that students in her area were losing contact with the land.  In response she developed a science curriculum called PREP for the “Mountain Schools” in Livermore, Stove Prairie and Red Feather Lakes.  The North Fork WeedCo-op project was a citizen based initiative to control invasive weeds.  Heather brought together residents from the area, who worked together to manage noxious weeds on their properties.
·         Robert Trout for the Loveland Initiative for Monarch Butterflies
With the loss of milkweed, Monarch butterflies in Larimer County have declined.  Bob has partnered with the Walt Clark Middle School in Loveland to grow milkweed plants for distribution and planting around northern Colorado.  Bob is also working with Larimer County Natural Resources to plant hundreds of milkweed plants within the County Open Spaces.
·         Robert Johnson and CATS – Colorado Addicted Trail Building Society for trail work and trail-building.
Bob Johnson leads a very productive volunteer trail building group called CATS (Colorado Addicted Trail Building Society).  They volunteer each week from spring into late fall building soft-surface trails throughout Northern Colorado.
·         Colorado Native Plant Society for the Elkhorn Weed Mitigation and Study Project
The Elkhorn Weed Mitigation and Study Project is a cooperative effort between the Colorado Native Plant Society, the Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, the Larimer County Weed District and Shambhala Mountain Center.   The project involves studying the best methods for controlling sulphur cinquefoil (Potentilla recta), a noxious weed with a limited range in Larimer County.  This project promotes native plant conservation through education about the threats that noxious weeds pose.
·         Doug Schwartz for the Greyrock Commons Natural Areas
For over 20 years Doug has pursued a City of Fort Collins Natural Areas certification for the 5-acres of open space near Greyrock Commons co-housing he has been managing.  This natural area is used by the 30 families that live at Greyrock, as well as local neighbors and visitors, and wildlife in the area.
·         Doug Ryan for Service as Staff Facilitator on the Environmental Science and Advisory Board
Doug was the Staff facilitator for the Environmental and Science Advisory Board for 10 years (2006 to 2016).   He was very well liked by the ESAB members who said he had a ready grasp of a very wide range of environmental and science issues.  Doug had good political sensitivity about working collaboratively across organizations and had a large network of contacts both inside and outside the County structure, which helped him greatly in his work with the Board.  He was always good at engaging the group in discussion, and had a great work ethic.  He worked hard for the ESAB, and in doing so, assisted Larimer County in its own Environmental Stewardship!
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