Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit expanding Colorado’s outdoor volunteerism
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, an outdoor stewardship organization in the state for 34 years, has created a Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit, an online collection of resources to help any organization start, enhance or expand volunteer outdoor stewardship efforts.
“With increasing visitation and limited resources, land management agencies rely on volunteers to build and repair trails, restore habitats and rebuild after fires and floods,” said Ann Baker Easley, Volunteers for Outdoors Colorado executive director. “VOC’s 5,000 annual volunteers can only touch a fraction of the maintenance needs in the state. By sharing our own proven practices in organizing, managing and training volunteers, we hope to expand other organizations’ capacity to tackle the most pressing outdoor stewardship work.”
Supporting the State
The Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit offers free, in-depth step-by-step how-to guides on topics such as project selection, volunteer recruitment and working with youth. Stewardship groups, whether new or established, can complement the knowledge found in each guide with ready-to-use templates and checklists, hands-on training in leadership and technical skills and customized additional assistance, if needed.
While the guidance provided by the Toolkit was developed over decades of working in Colorado, much of the information will be applicable to groups across the country.
“Outdoor recreation, a multibillion-dollar economy in Colorado, depends on access to safe and healthy natural areas,” said Luis Benitez, director of Colorado’s Outdoor Recreation Industry Office. “By expanding the ability to care for these places, the Stepping Up Stewardship Toolkit supports the state’s economic future and identity as an outdoor recreation destination.”
Support Local Journalism
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
Just because traditional Thanksgiving plans with family and friends might look different this year doesn’t mean that the food has to suffer as well. Let these Vail Valley restaurants take care of the cooking for…