The seed for our collaborative was planted in 1992 with the Public Lands Partnership (PLP), a local working group comprised of community members, businesses, local governments, and land management agencies. Since that time, the PLP has worked to foster civic discussion and local action on natural resource issues that affect our economy and ecology.
In the early 2000’s concerns about declining environmental conditions and deer populations spurred the CO Division of Wildlife, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, Western Area Power Administration, PLP and Tri-State to create a collaborative group to improve ecosystem health on the Uncompahgre Plateau. The PLP received a Ford Foundation grant to assist with this effort, and Unc/Com was created to serve as the fiscal agent. The first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed in 2001 creating the Uncompahgre Plateau Project. In 2011 the partners agreed that expand their successful efforts beyond the Uncompahgre Plateau and the collaborative signed a new MOU under the name Western Colorado Landscape Collaborative.
Since the beginning, the partners have worked to improve the health of western landscapes in a manner that benefits local communities and economies. Projects are collaborative and landscape-scale, working across landownership boundaries, strengthening opportunities for local involvement in public lands issues and processes.