Natural Resources and Special Projects

The San Miguel County Natural Resources and Special Projects (NR/SP) Department supports the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and County departments working to protect and enhance environmental quality and stewardship of lands, waters and natural resources in San Miguel County.  NR/SP acts as a liaison to state and federal agencies and assists the BOCC in providing relevant and timely feedback and comments on a broad array of state and federal legislative and environmental planning and rule-making processes.  For federal planning and National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) processes, NR/SP coordinates the County’s activities and responsibilities as a Cooperating Agency. 

NR/SP provides project management for special projects and initiatives that further the mission of the County and goals of the BOCC.  NR/SP performs technical support, research and policy analysis services to County Departments on request. NR/SP coordinates the county organization’s sustainability efforts for energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction, including the County’s Watts Up! Initiative and SolSmart recognition.  NR/SP responds to citizen concerns and questions regarding natural resources for appropriate action.

Colorado's Wolf Reintroduction Plan

The site below provides information on public engagement for the Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Gray Wolf Restoration and Management Plan process. Please check back often for updates on the process and upcoming opportunities for public comment. Visit Colorado's Wolf Restoration and Management Plan Public Engagement Website.

USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Energy for America Program

Agricultural producers and rural small businesses are eligible applicants for loan guarantees and grants for renewable energy systems and to make energy efficiency improvements. Learn more about this opportunity.

2020 Meat Processing Feasibility Study

In 2020, San Miguel County, in partnership with the Telluride Foundation, received a Rural Economic Development Grant (REDI) from the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to conduct a feasibility study on the existing and potential meat processing options for meat producers and hunters. This feasibility study has recently been completed by Goldenhorn Consulting Group, a Tennessee-based group with extensive experience conducting meat processing facility feasibility studies in rural areas.

The Draft Survey Results (PDF), Final Study Report (PDF), and the December 15, 2020 Presentation slides (PDF) are being made available to the public with the goal of promoting additional conversations as well as assisting people who might be interested in taking this study to the next step.

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Federal Land Plan Revisions in Progress: