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Two new employees were hired to initiate programs outlined in the Chaffee County Outdoor Recreation Management Plan.

The plan, which was completed last year and incorporated into the Chaffee County Comprehensive Plan, aims to preserve healthy public lands, the quality of outdoor experiences and the economic benefits of recreational tourism, according to a news release.

The two new employees are Jessica Downing, who joins Chaffee Recreation Adopters as program coordinator, and Jennifer Fenwick, who will focus on coordinating the recreation plan’s strategy to provide clean, quality camping opportunities.

Chaffee Rec Adopters is managed by the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association and Envision Chaffee County in collaboration with cities, counties, states and federal agencies.

Downing has lived in Chaffee County since 2017 and most of her life in Colorado, where she grew up in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has a degree in economics and public relations from the state of Colorado and is currently in a graduate program at Northern Arizona University in community planning.

She is a certified mountain bike instructor and spends her free time cycling, skiing, river surfing and being outdoors with her family.

Administered by the National Forest Foundation, Fenwick’s new position will assist the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the Colorado State Land Board, cities and private landowners in implementing new camping strategies.

She holds a master’s degree in environmental management with a focus on integrative and public land management from Western Colorado University and a bachelor’s degree in biology from Colorado State University.

Fenwick formerly worked as a recreational forest engineer and project manager in Gunnison County, where she led the designation of scattered campgrounds on 100,000 acres in the Gunnison National Forest.

She is a hiker, backcountry skier and trail runner.

Both new sites are being funded by Great Outdoors Colorado in coordination with Envision and the Chaffee County government, with additional financial support from the Chaffee County Office of Visitors.

Both GARNA and the National Forest Foundation are members of the Chaffee Recreation Council, which is supported by Envision Chaffee County to lead the initiatives outlined in the Recreation Management Plan.

In addition to responsible and sustainable camping, plan initiatives:

Add education, enforcement and engineering to encourage sustainable behavior.

Address the impact of the recovery on wildlife populations and agricultural producers.

Collect donations for management and infrastructure such as public toilets.

For more information, see envisionchaffeecounty.org/recreation-in-balance/.