Hermosa Creek Workgroup Update

A plan to set aside some 150,000 acres in the Hermosa Creek drainage as a Special Management Area for the Forest Service was endorsed by the San Juan County commissioners in February in a unanimous vote. It includes plans to establish a 50,000-acre wilderness area on the West Bank of the Hermosa. The proposal was drafted by the Hermosa Creek Workgroup, which includes a number of stakeholders. The process was started approximately two years ago as a joint effort between the Colorado Water Conservation District and San Juan Citizens Alliance. The Hermosa Creek project is part of a broader effort to look at what’s protected and what additional protections may be needed for watersheds stretching from Hermosa to Wolf Creek Pass. To obtain a copy of the project summary contact the SWCD office.