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Welcome Jane Mannon to the CoCo Team!


Contact: Jane Mannon


Development & Outreach Director Appointed

Lake George, Colorado: Carol Ekarius, Executive Director of Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc (COCO), and Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP), announces the appointment of Jane Mannon to the Development & Outreach Director position. Mannon replaces Helen Dyer, longtime face of the organization.

“We are pleased to welcome Jane to COCO and CUSP, she will be a valuable addition to the team,” Ekarius stated. Mannon is a longtime resident of the area, and brings a unique set of skills and experience to CUSP. “Her background includes a degree in Outdoor Recreation from Colorado State University, work experience with the National Park Service, Teller County’s Community Development Services, Cripple Creek & Victor Gold Mining Co. and the City of Woodland Park.”

COCO was founded by CUSP in 2014 to increase on-the-ground, stakeholder-driven conservation efforts that protect and restore natural resources. CUSP supports the efforts of COCO to share the success of collaborative conservation organizations through stakeholder driven efforts.

CUSP is completing its second decade of service to the Upper South Platte Watershed and neighboring areas that impact the watershed. Fire rehabilitation and forest-health work is the major focus of the organization, and also work on trails, water quality monitoring, environmental education and many other programs that benefit the watershed and communities. Slash collection sites are available for the disposal of small tree debris in Divide, Bailey and Fairplay.

The mission of Coalition for the Upper South Platte is to protect the water quality and environmental health of the Upper South Platte Watershed, through the cooperative efforts of watershed stakeholders, with emphasis on community values and economic sustainability.



Press Release Mannon

Support CUSP on Colorado Gives Day – Tuesday, December 5th!

To all of you who have already made a donation to
support CUSP during Giving Tuesday
and today, Colorado Gives Day THANK YOU!
If you haven’t yet made a tax-deductble gift to
support our work in the
Upper South Platte Watershed
that protecst our natural resources,
we hope that you will consider doing so.
It’s easy – just click HERE to make an online donation
or mail your check to:
P.O.Box 726
Lake George, CO 80827

Mulch Available at Divide Slash Site

Need mulch? We have LOADS of it at the Divide Slash Site (just east of the intersection of Hwys 24 & 67 in Divide, CO- take Hybrook Rd. south -the site is on the left, past the post office).

You can load your own (unlimited) for free during regular operating hours 9a-3p, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (closed Sun., Sept. 3rd) until the site closes at the end of October, or until we run out of mulch – whichever comes first. Need help loading? We can help on Sat., Sept 9th. – $5 a pickup load.

Benefits of Mulching

  • Maintains soil moisture
  • Improves soil aeration, drainage, & structure
  • Serves as an insulating
  • Blanket for soil
  • Helps control weeds
  • Reduces potential damage from ‘weed whackers’ & other lawn equipment
  • Improves overall look of landscape

FACO Learning Exchange: Assessing Risk in the WUI: June 19th & 20th

Sign up now for next week’s FACO Learning Exchange

What: A two-day learning exchange focused on sharing principles, techniques, strategies and BMP’s for the collection, management and sharing of wildfire risk information.

Who: Professionals involved with wildfire adaptation within their community(ies). Space is limited and preference is given to FACO Core Members and Affiliates.

When: June 19 (11am- 5pm) and June 20 (8am to 12pm)

Where: Eagle County Emergency Operations Center –500 Broadway, Eagle, CO

Cost: FREE for a limited number of participants.

Lodging and Food: FACO will be offering a limited number of hotel rooms (evening of June 19th only). Lunch and dinner will be provided on June 19th.

Please visit the link below for more information on lodging.

More Information:

Questions? Contact Jamie Gomez at 970-765-0534/ or
Eric Lovgrenat 970-328-8742/

CUSP-run Slash Sites in Bailey, Divide and Fairplay – 2016 season closing dates

CUSP is wrapping up our 2016 slash site season. Last days for the Bailey and Divide sites are Friday, 11/4; Saturday, 11/5 and Sunday 11/6 – hours of operation: 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. The last day to bring slash to the Fairplay site is Saturday 11/5   9:00a.m. until 4:00p.m.

We had a very good 2016 season with many returning participants and a lot of new ones as well. CUSP opened the Bailey slash site in August of this year and the community is excited to have this resource. We look forward to seeing our returning patrons as well as new users in 2017!


Bailey Slash Site – October 29, 2016

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