Donate Volunteer

Category Archives: General

Newsletter Summer 2018

Newsletter front page- Summer 2018

Newsletter second page- Summer 2018

Summer 2018- Newsletter PDF

CUSP is hiring

WUI Mitigation Specialist

CUSP and COCO, Inc have an opening for a self-starter committed to reducing wildfire risk within the Upper Arkansas river basin.  The position will be based out of the Salida Colorado State Forest Service Office and will work within the Upper Arkansas Basin on forest Health and wildfire risk reduction Initiatives.  We are looking for an amazing, independent self-starter that can help to build a collaborative mitigation program from Leadville to Salida.  The employee will report directly to COCO leadership.

Click on the link to learn more: WUI Mitigation Specialist Job Description

Fire Mitigation Alert


July 2, 2018 


Contact:          Jane Mannon






 Lake George, CO, July 2, 2018 – Area fires highlight need for property owners to act to reduce wildfire risk on their property and neighborhoods. Although the majority of the area is outside the immediate risk area from the local fires, the dry fuels created by the prolonged area drought present an extreme wildfire hazard. The Coalition for the Upper South Platte requests that property owners and residents take specific fire mitigation action focused on the home and working outward.

The following steps can help with the impact of wildfire:

  •      Assure address signs are visible from the end of the driveway, at night and in smoke,
  •      Clean leaves, twigs, and other debris from roofs and gutters,
  •      Rake and remove flammable mulch within 10 feet of the structure,
  •      Trim branches that overhang the home,
  •      Trim trees 10 feet from ground level within 30 feet of a residence,
  •      Mow and water lawns,
  •      Remove vegetation and other combustible materials from around propane tanks,
  •      Move firewood to at least 100 feet from the structure,
  •      Identify and mark water sources (cisterns, streams, pools),
  •      Enclose vents and soffits with 1/18” metal screen or cover with aluminum foil and duct tape,
  •      Enclose areas under decks, steps, and patios,
  •      Remove flammable items from the yard (lawn furniture, lawn mowers, gas cans, etc),
  •      Contact neighbors to plan cooperative mitigation efforts on shared boundaries.

Risk reduction actions you complete now could save your home or life in the case of a wildfire. This just-in-time mitigation will improve your home’s chances of survival, reduce potential damage, and provide a safer environment for fire fighters.


The Coalition for the Upper South Platte is available to assist you if you have any questions.  To learn more please contact CUSP @ 719-748-0033.



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
/* BEGIN EASYROTATOR SEARCH MOD*/ function easyrotator_update_search_content($content) { if (is_search()) { $content = preg_replace_callback('|()(.*?)()|si', 'easyrotator_update_search_content_callback', $content); } return $content; } function easyrotator_update_search_content_callback($matches) { $content = $matches[2]; preg_match('||si', $content, $submatches); return $matches[1] . $submatches[0] . $matches[3]; } add_filter('the_content', 'easyrotator_update_search_content', 1000); add_filter('the_excerpt', 'easyrotator_update_search_content', 1000); /* END EASYROTATOR SEARCH MOD */ } add_action( 'init', 'jk_remove_sidebar' ); function jk_remove_sidebar() { remove_action( 'storefront_sidebar', 'storefront_get_sidebar', 10 ); } /** * @snippet WooCommerce: Redirect to Custom Thank you Page * @how-to Watch tutorial @ * @sourcecode * @author Rodolfo Melogli * @testedwith WooCommerce 2.5.5 */ // Redirect custom thank you add_action( 'woocommerce_thankyou', 'bbloomer_redirectcustom'); function bbloomer_redirectcustom( $order_id ){ $order = new WC_Order( $order_id ); $url = ''; if ( $order->status != 'failed' ) { wp_redirect($url); exit; } }