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Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Best Practices Guide

The Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Best Practices Guide contains basic and practical information designed to be used primarily by OSOs and groups interested in improving the quality of their work with volunteers.  It is intended to meet the varying capacities of OSOs while also providing a means by which PLMs may evaluate their partners to better assure quality work.  The guide strives to provide advice that is specific enough to be useful while also being flexible enough that it can be adapted to various circumstances. The guide covers four topic areas:  1) volunteer management and training; 2) partnering effectively with land managers; 3) safety and risk management; and 4) data collection and impact reporting.  Best practices are highlighted throughout the document with identifying icons and typographic treatment. External resources such as templates and example documents are called out in graphical sidebars, with each chapter concluding with an illustrative case study.

The guide is a product of the Statewide Stewardship Initiative—a yearlong planning process undertaken by the Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition (COSC) with generous funding from Great Outdoors Colorado. The guide was collaboratively written by experts in the field of natural resources management: Ann Baker Easley, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; Fletcher Jacobs, Colorado Parks and Wildlife; Jana Johns, Jefferson County Open Space; Jack Placchi, Bureau of Land Management; Liz Rice; HistoriCorps; and Kristin Schmitt, US Forest Service. Further direction and leadership was provided by the COSC Advisory Committee: Ann Baker Easley, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado; David Hamilton, Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers; Stacy Kolegas Beaugh, RiversEdge West; Mary Monroe Brown, Trails 2000; Jennifer Peterson, Rocky Mountain Field Institute; Jackie Sanderson, Douglas County Open Space; and Dean Winstanley, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado. These individuals were supported by the project management team of Jason Bertolacci, Chris Burley, and Whitney Russell-Tabaian from berbur, llc. 

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