NMCEWL fellows discussing soil health in New Mexico

Who we are

Colorado Coalition to Enhance Working Lands (COCEWL) is a statewide network working to enhance ongoing efforts to improve the health and productivity of Colorado working lands that support agriculture and the environment. We work within the coalition to engage in collaborative projects.

There are currently more than  40 partner organizations in the coalition. Our structure consists of a Steering Committee, which oversees the scope of the coalition and coordinates efforts with each of our working groups to  more effectively focus on the ways in which we can work together on key issues to improve our soil health, biodiversity, water, rural businesses, and communities.


Our Coalition partners

The Steering Committee is the leadership and management team for the whole coalition. Committee members are self-selected and volunteer to develop the governance of the coalition as well as set strategic objectives. They also work to expand and enhance the resilience and effectiveness of the coalition.
The Policy Group is a self-selected group of individuals working with organizations in Colorado who play a role in policy development for Colorado’s working lands. The goal of the group is to better understand the diverse perspectives of these organizations’ policy work and determine how these policies could be better improved and supported to benefit all those who influence and are influenced by these working lands.
The Agricultural Innovations Group is a self-selected group of individuals who represent various organizations who support the improvement of working lands in Colorado as well as the agricultural producers who steward these lands. The goal of this group is to share the agricultural innovations that are emerging across the industry, such as production practices, business management techniques, cutting edge research, and/or funding and market opportunities. Through this collaborative sharing, the coalition members are better informed and can utilize this information to increase the adoption of these practices within Colorado.

How we work together

Facilitate connections for improved outcomes

As a collaborative network, we are here to support and facilitate connections. We understand that deeper community relationships built on trust help facilitate better working outcomes for conversation collaboration. We want to increase access to knowledge and resources for Colorado communities. 

Bring attention to working lands

We bring more awareness to ways agricultural producers and land managers can be supported in improving land health, and help bring awareness to the value of working lands.

Expand collective knowledge

We build resilience of Colorado working lands through peer-to-peer knowledge transfer. We want to create and offer accessible resources for landowners. 

Share stories for deeper engagement

We highlight the diverse efforts of agricultural producers, land and natural resource managers, organizations, and agencies currently engaged in efforts to improve working lands in Colorado.

Creating spaces for Coloradans to gather around land stewardship

COCEWL acknowledges and supports the good work being done on working lands by landowners, stewards, and the organizations supporting them; we help landowners share their stories and connect people to invaluable resources and tool kits throughout Colorado.

In every aspect of our work, we create spaces for landowners and network participants to gather and share lessons learned around conservation opportunities and stewardship with the land. We also provide professional development and fellowship opportunities. If you are interested in learning more about our work, we’d love to hear from you! We welcome anyone to join our monthly virtual calls and always enjoy seeing new landowners accessing and participating in COCEWL events and network opportunities.

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