The Colorado chapter came together to organize and execute the biggest stewardship event in the history of the chapter...and perhaps even the organization.
For eight months chapter leaders John Chandler, Chris Parmeter, Leslie Kaminski, Amber Leach, Kyle Vistuba, Christian Robertson, and board member Kassi Smith worked with BHA’s Colorado chapter coordinator and habitat stewardship coordinator to plan the Colorado Public Lands Day Weekend Bash called Beers, Bands, and Barbed Wire Strands in Gunnison.
The event was unique in that it incorporated stewardship in the form of fence removal with fundraising, a wild game potluck, live music, vendors, bonfires and outdoor gear giveaways at the I Bar Ranch. The event drew in people from all over the state and resulted in over 100 volunteers removing 5.25 miles of fencing, impacting wildlife movement, in one day. More than 200 attendees were on hand for the evening festivities, and the chapter raised over $20,000!
Not only did CO BHA achieve and surpass their fundraising goals; they also recruited new BHA members and spread organizational awareness by collaborating with local non-hunting nonprofits. This was a huge lift for the team and the Colorado chapter, and we are so grateful for their efforts!