Local Organization Receives Competitive Science Grant
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. This fall citizens will get the rare opportunity to conduct research and help monitor our public lands. The Colorado Canyons Association (CCA) received a competitive grand from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), to make their citizen science program a reality. Due to budget cuts, this organization was the only one in Colorado to receive this grant. The BLM and CCA will train committed citizen scientists to monitor the Dominguez Escalante NCA. Joe Neuhof, executive director with CCA, said, "We're looking for folks with passion for science that are able to hike and be out in sometimes challenging conditions and heat and weather." Christina Stark, acting planning and environment coordinator for the Grand Junction BLM office, said, "These are very scarce systems, make up about 1 percent of our field office and of the West." "Dominguez Creek is one the most beautiful places in Western Colorado. It's unique because you have layers upon layers of geologic history," said Neuhof. Neuhof says receiving this grant will be critical in keeping the Dominguez-Escalante NCA healthy for all who inhabit it, "There's active livestock grazing going on in that region, there's hiking, there's horseback riding." "The grazing programs, the recreation, we're trying to balance different uses," said Stark. "I think CCA was awarded the grant because it's based in good science and science that needs to happen in that special place in Dominguez canyons." He's looking forward to assembling this citizen science team that will move into action this fall. Anyone interested in the project can contact Neuhof or the local BLM office. Colorado Canyons Association: (970) 263-7902 click here. Neuhof also notes that the public is invited to provide comments for the BLM's Dominquez-Escalante Resource Management Plan. To learn more, click here.