FS employee ad WSATV rider posing infront of newly installed signs

The Western Slope Four-Wheelers, and FJ Cruisers, partnered with the Ouray Ranger District and assisted Alpine Ranger Warren Barker install new signs on Imogene Pass.

The Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) host a plethora of partnerships. Approximately 170 active cooperator groups, who contribute over $2,376,000 in cash and in-kind services, work in partnership with the Forest to accomplish great things! We highly value these relationships and the friendships that are built along the way…and of course the accomplishments are outstanding!

Improving hiking routes to our Fourteeners!  The Colorado Fourteener Initiative, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado and the Southwest Conservation Corps partner with the Forest Service to create more sustainable summit infrastructure for the growing demands on these peaks.

Some of our partnerships include:

  • The Uncompahgre Parternship
  • Ute Learning Garden Project
  • San Miguel County Alpine Ranger Program
  • San Miguel Bike Alliance
  • San Miguel County Open Space and Recreation Department
  • Western Slope Four-Wheelers
  • Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Association
  • The Grand Mesa Nordic Council
  • Colorado State University
  • Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
  • Colorado Mountain Club
  • Thunder Mountain Wheelers
  • Uncompahgre Watershed Coalition
  • Gunnison Energy Corporation and Oxbow Coal
  • Uncompahgre Valley Trailriders
  • Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association
  • Volunteer for Outdoor Colorado
  • The Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies
  • Cabelas
  • Famous Dave's

Our partnership projects are too numerous to cover all-at-once; however, we have chosen a few to highlight and hope to rotate through a variety of others over time to “show off” the hard work, energetic and generous dispositions of those involved.  Through our partners we have accomplished great things on this National Forest.

people building a new trail

Crested Butte Mountain Bike Association members repair trail #401, located in the East River Drainage.

men working on fence together

Forest Sservice and Partners build fence at the Taylor Guard Station.

Intern showing others methods of plant transects

Ucompahgre Project volunteers and interns collect plant transect data in the GMUG.