DOI / VISTA Team Projects

Colorado Canyons Association

Ryan McConnel

DOI / VISTA: Ryan McConnel
Supervisor: Joe Neuhof
Address: 543 Main Street. #4, Grand Junction, Colorado 81501
County: Mesa
Voice Telephone: 970-263-7902
Web site:
Congressional District: 3
Bureau: Bureau of Land Management (BLM)


The mission of Colorado Canyons Association is to foster community stewardship of National Conservation Lands in McInnis Canyons, Dominguez-Escalante and Gunnison Gorge National Conservation Areas.

About the Surrounding Community

This region has been slower to recover from the recession with rising poverty rates, severely decreased school funding and a growing minority farm industry community that is underserved.  The poverty rate in Mesa and Delta Counties is approaching 15% and school budgets have been cut by nearly 25% in the last four years. The Spanish speaking minority community is growing and there is a lack of funding and educational opportunities for students from underserved communities.  

Project Overview

DOI/VISTA Ryan McConnell is increasing awareness of a newly designated National Conservation Area and promoting educational opportunities for local communities within three National Conservation Areas in Western Colorado. This project is educating school-aged children to retirees in environmental stewardship and providing adolescents with skills in natural resources for future employment opportunities.

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