The goal of the coalition is to work together to create a true community proposal that reflects a range of community values including mountain biking, motorized recreation, ranching, conservation, science, water resources, and hunting and angling to name a few.
The recommendations are a community proposal that builds upon the common ground between all of the members and provides a carefully vetted, deliberative vision for what subsequent legislation could look like for public lands in and around Gunnison County.
In June 2017, the GPLI made initial consensus based recommendations for protecting key public lands in and around Gunnison County as wilderness or special management areas. Those recommendations reflected eighteen months of work learning about Gunnison County’s public lands and community interests, discussing potential options for their permanent protection, achieving hard-won compromises, and crafting agreements among the coalition members.
Since June 2017, the GPLI has been conducting extensive public outreach to gather feedback and refine the initial proposal to accurately reflect on-the ground conditions, suitable designations, and appropriate boundaries.
Key stakeholder groups and community members in and around Gunnison County have voiced support for the GPLI’s initial consensus proposal. At the same time, members of the community have raised some specific concerns with particular parts of the initial proposal. As a result of that feedback, the GPLI has worked to refine the initial recommendations, including by adjusting boundaries or in some circumstances changing land designation recommendations.
Click HERE to see the January 2019 GPLI Proposal Report.