San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council

San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council Public Lands Advocacy Group

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Scroll to the bottom of our website (www.slvec.org)or follow the link in our bio to subscribe. As a public lands advocate, SLVEC develops policies with citizens to protect ecosystems, wildlife corridors and the 3.1 million acres of public lands that surround the San Luis Valley. Some of our work includes protecting Wolf Creek from developers to preserve sensitive lynx habitat, fighting oil and gas

Scroll to the bottom of our website (www.slvec.org)or follow the link in our bio to subscribe. As a public lands advocate, SLVEC develops policies with citizens to protect ecosystems, wildlife corridors and the 3.1 million acres of public lands that surround the San Luis Valley. Some of our work includes protecting Wolf Creek from developers to preserve sensitive lynx habitat, fighting oil and gas

Operating as usual

Beavers may have a more important role in combatting climate change than we previously suspected! In SLVEC's most recent...
11/10/2021
Combatting Climate Change in the Arid West One Dam at a Time

Beavers may have a more important role in combatting climate change than we previously suspected! In SLVEC's most recent blog, learn about how this keystone species is helping us to mitigate the impacts of drought, protect landscapes from wildfires, and restore wetlands and biodiversity!

https://www.slvec.org/post/combatting-climate-change-in-the-arid-west-one-dam-at-a-time

Contemporary data is now suggesting that beavers play a critical role in combating drought, wildfires, wetland degradation, and other symptoms of climate change.

11/10/2021

Wolves remain under attack across the country. States like Idaho and Montana have declared a war on wolves authorizing the slaughter of up to 90% of their wolf populations. Earlier this year, a hunt in Wisconsin saw over 200 wolves killed in less than 60 hours. We must put a stop to these senseless killings.

Raise your voice for wolves by sharing this video, promoting a day of action on November 17, & visiting RelistWolves.org

What better way to celebrate Native American Heritage month than to support American Indigenous businesses and cultural ...
11/08/2021

What better way to celebrate Native American Heritage month than to support American Indigenous businesses and cultural opportunities. @tocabe American Indian Eatery in Denver does just that! This bumping restaurant features traditional American Indian dishes, with ingredients sourced from indigenous communities across North America! Check Tocabe out to learn about Indigenous North American cuisine! An unfortunately rare experience! #tocabe #americanindianeatery #nativefoods #nativeamericanheritagemonth #nativeamerican #celebrateindigenousculture #denverfoodie #denvercolorado

Thanks @randy_brown_ for the shout out to SLVEC's Director Chris Canaly (and for the dynamic photo). This woman is behin...
11/05/2021

Thanks @randy_brown_ for the shout out to SLVEC's Director Chris Canaly (and for the dynamic photo). This woman is behind so much of the Ecosystem Council's success, and has fought for decades to keep the Valley's ecology healthy and intact!

Thank you Chris and thank you Randy!

#leadership #environmentalists #womanleader #womanleadership #gratitude #southercolorado #coloradoleadership

Thanks @randy_brown_ for the shout out to SLVEC's Director Chris Canaly (and for the dynamic photo). This woman is behind so much of the Ecosystem Council's success, and has fought for decades to keep the Valley's ecology healthy and intact!

Thank you Chris and thank you Randy!

#leadership #environmentalists #womanleader #womanleadership #gratitude #southercolorado #coloradoleadership

America must show climate leadership at #COP26. Protecting our older forests from logging is a simple, cost effective cl...
11/03/2021
Groups tell Biden administration: Don’t forget the forests

America must show climate leadership at #COP26. Protecting our older forests from logging is a simple, cost effective climate solution that conserves carbon sinks and ensures carbon is also pulled from the atmosphere.

130 environmental groups call on President Biden to conserve older and mature forests in America as a critical climate solution. #ActOnClimate #COP26 @POTUS @Gina_McCarthy @ClimateEnvoy https://bit.ly/3GzEjQJ

WASHINGTON -- As the Biden administration prepares to attend the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, 128 environmental groups delivered a letter to the White House asking that the U.S. Forest Se

CO Gives Day is approaching! Support Colorado nonprofits like SLVEC by scheduling your online donation today or for Dec ...
11/02/2021
San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council

CO Gives Day is approaching! Support Colorado nonprofits like SLVEC by scheduling your online donation today or for Dec 7 (Gives Day)! Visit our Gives Day page to donate: https://www.coloradogives.org/SanLuisValleyEcosystemCouncil/overview?step=step1

The San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council is a Public Lands Advocacy Organization located in south-central Colorado at the headwaters of the Rio Grande, surrounded by some of the wildest lands that are left in the lower 48 states. We provide public comment to provide landscape level protection (wildlife...

SLVEC honors that the San Luis Valley is the ancestral territory for many Indigenous nations including Ute, Navajo, Coma...
11/01/2021

SLVEC honors that the San Luis Valley is the ancestral territory for many Indigenous nations including Ute, Navajo, Comanche, Cheyenne, Jicarilla Apache, Hopi, and northern Pueblo (Santa Clara, Tewa, Tesuque and Taos). Alongside our mission, SLVEC aspires to always celebrate the first stewards of this beautiful landscape, as well as the thriving Indigenous communities that continue to enhance Southern Colorado.

SLVEC honors that the San Luis Valley is the ancestral territory for many Indigenous nations including Ute, Navajo, Comanche, Cheyenne, Jicarilla Apache, Hopi, and northern Pueblo (Santa Clara, Tewa, Tesuque and Taos). Alongside our mission, SLVEC aspires to always celebrate the first stewards of this beautiful landscape, as well as the thriving Indigenous communities that continue to enhance Southern Colorado.

10/29/2021

Yipping coyotes and the glowing moon… the sounds and lights of nighttime in rural SLV. Thank you to all who limit their contribution to nighttime sound and light pollution so we can keep this area peaceful and serene! 🌙🐾💕. #colorado #coloradonight #nighttime #coyotes #yipping #coyotecall #nighttimebeauty #peaceful

10/26/2021
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10/25/2021

By protecting Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, we honor the sacred landscapes that are home to Indigenous Peoples, all the species that live there, and the future health of our planet. SLVEC joins 150 plus environmental groups in thanking @POTUS @SecDebHaaland @SecRaimondo @SecVilsack @BrendaMallory46 @ginamccarthy46 @NOA for working to protect these special places.

SLVEC, friends, and family are greatly saddened by the passing of an incredible woman and board member, May Engquist. In...
10/22/2021

SLVEC, friends, and family are greatly saddened by the passing of an incredible woman and board member, May Engquist.

In the words of SLVEC Director Chris Canaly,

"May was a wonderful SLVEC supporter and board member for well over a decade. She participated with so many critical issues through the years, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge exploratory drilling proposal and our challenge in court (2008), going up to many hearings in Denver; participating with our Solid Waste Audit at the SLV Landfill, attending all of our Task Force meetings regarding the development of a recycling infrastructure for the SLV, participating in meetings for years regarding the Rio Grande Forest Plan revision and recently, informing Saguache County Commissioners about Wildlife Corridors and writing an email in support of wildlife connectivity for their just recently passed resolution. There’s been so much activity and genuine support for public lands legacy that May embraced, enjoyed actually, and she stepped up many times.

She gave me a book a while back by Margaret E. Murie, Two in the Far North, about the life of Margaret and her husband Olaus in the Alaska outback, who both became fierce advocates for wilderness and landscape protection. Margaret testified on its behalf in 1977, at a hearing in Denver, CO; a bill sponsored by Rep. Morris Udall called the Alaskan Lands Bill. May ended up meeting Margaret in 1993 and stayed on her ranch. May told me Margaret was a huge inspiration for her. I know May stayed involved because she understood the importance of healthy ecosystems, watersheds and wildlife for future generations. Many blessings your way May, peace and love be with you. You will be missed by all who knew you."

SLVEC, friends, and family are greatly saddened by the passing of an incredible woman and board member, May Engquist.

In the words of SLVEC Director Chris Canaly,

"May was a wonderful SLVEC supporter and board member for well over a decade. She participated with so many critical issues through the years, the Baca National Wildlife Refuge exploratory drilling proposal and our challenge in court (2008), going up to many hearings in Denver; participating with our Solid Waste Audit at the SLV Landfill, attending all of our Task Force meetings regarding the development of a recycling infrastructure for the SLV, participating in meetings for years regarding the Rio Grande Forest Plan revision and recently, informing Saguache County Commissioners about Wildlife Corridors and writing an email in support of wildlife connectivity for their just recently passed resolution. There’s been so much activity and genuine support for public lands legacy that May embraced, enjoyed actually, and she stepped up many times.

She gave me a book a while back by Margaret E. Murie, Two in the Far North, about the life of Margaret and her husband Olaus in the Alaska outback, who both became fierce advocates for wilderness and landscape protection. Margaret testified on its behalf in 1977, at a hearing in Denver, CO; a bill sponsored by Rep. Morris Udall called the Alaskan Lands Bill. May ended up meeting Margaret in 1993 and stayed on her ranch. May told me Margaret was a huge inspiration for her. I know May stayed involved because she understood the importance of healthy ecosystems, watersheds and wildlife for future generations. Many blessings your way May, peace and love be with you. You will be missed by all who knew you."

Layers of beauty as winter is creeping in.  #fall #southerncolorado #beauty #nature #beautifulseasons #coloradoseasoncha...
10/20/2021

Layers of beauty as winter is creeping in. #fall #southerncolorado #beauty #nature #beautifulseasons #coloradoseasonchange

Layers of beauty as winter is creeping in. #fall #southerncolorado #beauty #nature #beautifulseasons #coloradoseasonchange

10/18/2021

Fall leaves rustling, sounding like spring rain. #coloradoseasons #fall #autumn #colorado

10/14/2021

It’s peak time for viewing fall foliage in the SLV. Don’t miss it, get out on an alpine hike before the month’s end. #fall #colorfulleaves #coloradofall #autumn #coloradobeauty #hiking #coloradohiking #beautiful #getoutside

First snow of the season! And, it’s melted.                                                     #coloradosnow #coloradof...
10/13/2021

First snow of the season! And, it’s melted. #coloradosnow #coloradofall #firstsnowfall #firstsnow #autumnsnow

Loving all the hints of red popping up in SLV #fallfoliage                        🍂                                     ...
10/08/2021

Loving all the hints of red popping up in SLV #fallfoliage 🍂 ♥️ 🌾
#beautifulfall #beautiful #autumn #colorfulfall #colorado #coloradobeauty #fallishere🍁

In preparation for the cold months ahead, black bears are currently foraging up to 20 hours each day! They need to consu...
10/06/2021
The Curious Life of Hibernating Black Bears

In preparation for the cold months ahead, black bears are currently foraging up to 20 hours each day! They need to consume tens of thousands of calories each day before going into hibernation. That said, it is time to be extra BearAware! Keep your property safe by keeping food, compost, bird feeders, livestock, etc. out of a bear's reach. Read SLVEC's recent blog to learn more about black bear hibernation, how humans can impact this process, and more!

https://www.slvec.org/post/the-curious-life-of-hibernating-black-bears

How and why do bears hibernate? How can humans support them in doing so? How might climate change impact black bears? Did Humans ever hibernate?

Learn how to safely and effectively run a prescribed burn in shortgrass prairie. This workshop and training is open to a...
10/05/2021

Learn how to safely and effectively run a prescribed burn in shortgrass prairie. This workshop and training is open to all and is a must for ranchers, landowners, and service providers/managers for private lands. Join the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network this November in Northern New Mexico for a full day of learning.
Learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shortgrass-prescribed-burning-workshop-tickets-98027144829?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_cid=cbb57628a4&mc_eid=1ad2092979

Learn how to safely and effectively run a prescribed burn in shortgrass prairie. This workshop and training is open to all and is a must for ranchers, landowners, and service providers/managers for private lands. Join the Southern Rockies Fire Science Network this November in Northern New Mexico for a full day of learning.
Learn more and register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/shortgrass-prescribed-burning-workshop-tickets-98027144829?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_cid=cbb57628a4&mc_eid=1ad2092979

The Northern end of the San Luis Valley was full of mist yesterday morning. The perfect conditions to make all the spide...
09/29/2021

The Northern end of the San Luis Valley was full of mist yesterday morning. The perfect conditions to make all the spiderwebs in the land stand out! It has been so dry that this moisture was extra appreciated! #spider #spiders #sanluisvalleycolorado #saguachecounty #bugsarecool #bugsarefriends #bugsarebeautiful #spiderwebs #moisture #desertmist

SLVEC has just created an archive of all our past newsletters. If anyone was late to subscribing, or simply wants to che...
09/28/2021
SLVEC Newsletter Archive

SLVEC has just created an archive of all our past newsletters. If anyone was late to subscribing, or simply wants to check out what we have been up to in the past year plus, visit this page =) https://www.slvec.org/post/slvec-newsletter-archive

If you would like to subscribe to our monthly newsletter, scroll to the bottom of the page at: https://www.slvec.org/

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Anyone else seeing monarch butterflies in the San Luis Valley? This year we must be along their migration route as they ...
09/22/2021

Anyone else seeing monarch butterflies in the San Luis Valley? This year we must be along their migration route as they travel to their southern wintering grounds. You can report a sighting to @journeynorthorg by visiting their website: journeynorth.org. Beauty is all around on this first day of fall!

The few monarchs spotted were too quick for the camera. So, photo credit to @pixabay

#monarchbutterfly #monarch #fallmigration #monarchmigration #colorado #coloradoinsects #coloradobutterflies #beauty #beautiful #beautifullife

Anyone else seeing monarch butterflies in the San Luis Valley? This year we must be along their migration route as they travel to their southern wintering grounds. You can report a sighting to @journeynorthorg by visiting their website: journeynorth.org. Beauty is all around on this first day of fall!

The few monarchs spotted were too quick for the camera. So, photo credit to @pixabay

#monarchbutterfly #monarch #fallmigration #monarchmigration #colorado #coloradoinsects #coloradobutterflies #beauty #beautiful #beautifullife

Fall is in the air! Found this mama deer parked under an apple tree for the day, getting some of the last fruits of the ...
09/21/2021

Fall is in the air! Found this mama deer parked under an apple tree for the day, getting some of the last fruits of the season. It’s harvest time for local wildlife so keep an extra eye out for animals on the road and make sure your properties are bear-proofed and not attracting unwanted attention. #coloradowildlife #mamadeer #deer #wildlife #colorado #bearaware #fallequinox #fall #fallharvest

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” -John Muir  #naturelover #JohnMuir #poet #beautifulcolor...
09/17/2021

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” -John Muir #naturelover #JohnMuir #poet #beautifulcolorado #colorado #mountains #beauty #nature #coloradooutdoors

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” -John Muir #naturelover #JohnMuir #poet #beautifulcolorado #colorado #mountains #beauty #nature #coloradooutdoors

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” -John Muir  #naturelover #JohnMuir #poet #beautifulcolor...
09/17/2021

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” -John Muir #naturelover #JohnMuir #poet #beautifulcolorado #colorado #mountains #beauty #nature #coloradooutdoors

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks” -John Muir #naturelover #JohnMuir #poet #beautifulcolorado #colorado #mountains #beauty #nature #coloradooutdoors

Let's talk foraging in the San Luis Valley, edible weeds, and ethnobotany! This month SLVEC was honored to interview eth...
09/13/2021
Foraging for Wild Edibles, Rethinking Weeds, Honoring the Flora of the San Luis Valley

Let's talk foraging in the San Luis Valley, edible weeds, and ethnobotany! This month SLVEC was honored to interview ethnobotanist and forager Tusha Yakovleva @foundwith. Check out the article on our blog to discover some of the many wild edibles in the valley and Tusha's foraging philosophy. This valley is full of nutrition ya'll! Thank you, Tusha!
📸 by @foundwith/ Tusha Yakovleva

#wildedibles #foraging #sanluisvalleyfood #rethinkingweeds #naturesbounty #forager #foragers #livesimply #livingwiththeland #nature #colorado #coloradoforaging

https://www.slvec.org/post/foraging-for-wild-edibles-rethinking-weeds-honoring-the-flora-of-the-san-luis-valley

~ An interview with Tusha Yakovleva~ The convenience of grocery stores, fast pace of modern living, and loss of traditional plant knowledge has disconnected many of us from local, wild food systems. Foraging, the act of searching for and collecting wild edibles, can have a profound impact on a perso...

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San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council is a 501C3 non-profit corporation, which was incorporated in 1998 by a group of citizens concerned about impacts to public lands around the San Luis Valley. We believe in the power of education, stewardship, community involvement and public advocacy. Our mission is to protect and restore the biological diversity, ecosystems, and natural resources of the Upper Rio Grande region, balancing ecological values and human needs. We have organized several different working groups, including the Friends of Wolf Creek, LEAP-HIGH Water Quality, the Solar Working Group, and others, which include over 100 volunteers. SLVEC has over 400 members, who give what they can in money, time, or expertise. Because of their dedication and support, we have enjoyed many successes in helping to protect this beautiful area. We are very grateful to all of them.

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As a public lands advocate, SLVEC develops policies with citizens to protect ecosystems, wildlife corridors and the 3.1 million acres of public lands that surround the San Luis Valley. Some of our work includes protecting Wolf Creek from developers to preserve sensitive lynx habitat, fighting oil and gas interests, and promoting environmental health, including mitigating and preventing illegal dumping. One of our current projects involves developing a regional waste diversion/recycling plan for the SLV.


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I teach computer classes to San Luis Valley Seniors and been asked about recycling TVs. Of course I am talking more about the older models not flat screen. Some are so heavy that 0.80/lb at WSB a lot for these budgeted mined folks. Also, I have seen more of these TVs being dumped in the out skirts of Alamosa. Do you know of a program now or in the future that these items can be deposed of cheaply?