Purgatoire Watershed Outdoor Stewardship Program

TRINIDAD – The Purgatoire Watershed Partnership and the City of Trinidad, partnering with 24 other local and regional organizations to support local on-the-ground outdoor stewardship efforts, have just been awarded a $286,296 Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Stewardship Impact Grant.

The Purgatoire Watershed Partnership, a non-profit organization based in Trinidad, will spearhead this collaborative effort focused on engaging all ages, backgrounds and skill levels in outdoor stewardship through the development of the Purgatoire Watershed Outdoor Stewardship Program. This program aims to benefit the overall community by improving river health, developing new outdoor recreation opportunities, and supporting the local economy through increased recreational tourism. As well, the program will provide a variety of benefits to community members who participate including education, skills training, and outdoor festivities with free meals and entertainment. For more information or to get involved contact Julie Knudson at the Purgatoire Watershed Partnership at jknudson@purgatoirepartners.org or 970-420-1915.

The program will conduct local outdoor stewardship projects focused on restoration and recreational enhancement of the Purgatoire River, the Trinidad Riverwalk and Boulevard Addition, and the Fisher’s Peak and Crazy French Ranch areas. Citizen science and monitoring efforts will also be incorporated into stewardship activities.

In addition to the Purgatoire Watershed Partnership and the City of Trinidad, local and regional partners collaborating for this effort include Colorado Parks and Wildlife, The Nature Conservancy, The Trust for Public Land, Trout Unlimited, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Colorado State University Extension, City of Trinidad Urban Forestry Board, City of Trinidad Parks & Recreation Board, River Watch Program, Purgatoire Watershed Weed Management Collaborative, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Institute, Leave No Trace Program, Trinidad Youth Club, Trinidad School District, Downtown Trinidad Development Group, Mile High Youth Corps, Trinidad Outdoor Club, Trinidad Trails, Spanish Peaks-Purgatoire River Conservation District, Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative, Coalitions & Collaboratives, Wild & Scenic Film Festival, and other local businesses.

Purgatoire Watershed Partnership (PWP) focuses on the restoration, protection, and enhancement of all aspects of the Purgatoire River Watershed. PWP accomplishes this through a host of programs and projects focused on education, riparian restoration, recreation and community enhancement, conservation stewardship, protecting water quality and flows, improving forest and rangeland health, and protection of our agricultural heritage. Visit purgatoirepartners.org for more information.