SAN LUIS VALLEY – The San Luis Valley Great Outdoors (SLV GO!) Coalition recently released the San Luis Valley Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Survey, which collects community input related to resident and visitor satisfaction, priorities and perceptions of outdoor recreation and natural resources management in the SLV.
Respondents have the opportunity to win a gift card from Kristi Mountain Sports in Alamosa, free ski or snowboard rentals at 8200 Sports in South Fork, or a half-day raft trip for two with Mountain Man Rafting from South Fork. The survey takes approximately 15 minutes and is available in both English and Spanish. To take the survey, go to www.slvgo.com.
The SLV GO! coalition is part of Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnerships Initiative, a statewide initiative funded by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Great Outdoors Colorado to support efforts that advance conservation and outdoor recreation planning at the regional level. The SLV GO! The coalition has been selected as one of seven regional partnerships in 2021 to develop a regional conservation and recreation plan where regionally identified priorities will help inform the statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan. Through a comprehensive and inclusive public participation process, including but not limited to the survey, the Coalition is seeking community input to identify conservation and outdoor recreation priorities that will form the basis of the Valleywide Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Plan . This plan will provide coalition partners with actionable strategies and tactics to ensure conservation and outdoor recreation are balanced.
In 2014 the SLV GO! Coalition went through a similar process in which they developed the SLV Trails and Recreation Master Plan to lay the foundation for improving outdoor recreation opportunities in the San Luis Valley. The plan aimed to address common themes that emerged from the outreach and the 2014 survey:
- The need for better information (e.g. maps, guides, signs) and more promotional media/tools to raise awareness of existing recreational opportunities.
- The desire for greater connectivity between communities and connections between existing trail systems, cities and recreation areas.
- The desire for more trails and varied trail experiences
- Concern about the lack of recreational activities and programs geared toward SLV youth
- The desire for a wide range of leisure experiences throughout the valley that appeal to a wide base of residents and visitors.
Almost nine years later, it is time for the coalition to reconsider its work and consider whether SLV GO! and partners have made strides in addressing these community needs. The only difference is that the SLV GO! The coalition plans with nature conservation at the forefront. In addition to raising awareness of the region’s recreational resources and facilitating better exploration and enjoyment of the SLV’s natural world, the Coalition is asking our community, “What are your conservation values, and how do we preserve those values while also providing more recreation?” The Coalition recognizes that proactive management solutions combined with public education are necessary to care for land, water and wildlife and provide the protections needed to maintain quality recreation opportunities.
More information about the SLV GO! Coalition and the Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnership Initiative, visit www.slvgo.com.
The San Luis Valley Great Outdoors (SLV GO!) Coalition was formed in 2013 as a coalition by a group of citizens, educators and community leaders who recognized the tremendous opportunity to improve outdoor experiences, improve wellbeing and serve communities in the six county regions of San Luis Valley in southern Colorado. Today, the Coalition is a partnership between land management agencies, land trusts, local governments, not-for-profit organizations, economic development agencies, agricultural organizations, outdoor recreation users, athletes and conservationists. Since the Coalition was formed in 2013, working with partners has been a focus in developing outdoor recreation while ensuring the long-term sustainability and preservation of our region.