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June 12, 2006 NTTP Meeting Notes

ATTACHMENT 2

Colorado Outdoor Training Initiative: Memorandum of Understanding

THIS MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING (MOU) is hereby entered into by and among the listed parties on page 3 of this document, herein referred to as Cooperators.

A. PURPOSE:

This MOU establishes a cooperative partnership among Federal, State and local agencies and other public and private entities to develop a conservation leadership training and certification program. Cooperators will create an environment that integrates and expands volunteer and public and private group stewardship as an integral way of accomplishing agency conservation work. The challenge is to provide future leaders for volunteer projects who maintain high quality standards, are highly productive, and provide for an excellent volunteer experience that meets all safety requirements.

B. STATEMENT OF MUTUAL INTERESTS AND BENEFITS.

Whereas, public lands:
---- Are historic and valued parts of the life style of the Rocky Mountain West,
---- Provide for a wide variety of users, and purposes,
---- Represent a significant asset that requires constant and consistent stewardship,
---- Involve multiple jurisdictions requiring coordinated management, planning and maintenance,

Whereas:
---- Partners and volunteer groups enjoy conservation project work that enhances program benefits to visitors, customers and members,
---- Public land management agencies have limited resources to support the operation and maintenance of an extensive and complex system, and
---- There is a limited agency and volunteer source of skilled conservation crew leaders and project managers to provide for planning and implementation of conservation projects.

THEREFORE, IN CONSIDERATION OF THE ABOVE, THE PARTIES AGREE AS FOLLOWS:

  1. To develop a conservation leadership training curriculum and certification process for universal use and recognition among cooperators.

  2. To establish a Conservation Leadership Council (hereafter "Council") to coordinate planning, certification, communication and oversight of a statewide program.

  3. To identify sites for conservation leadership training and conservation demonstration projects.

  4. To develop a monitoring and reporting process to evaluate and enhance the effectiveness of a leadership- training program.

  5. To publicize, recruit and participate in the conservation leadership programs identified by the council.

C. IT IS MUTUALLY AGREED AND UNDERSTOOD BY ALL PARTIES THAT:

  1. TERMINATION. Any cooperator may terminate their involvement in the instrument in whole, or in part, at any time before the date of expiration by submitting to the Council a written notice of termination.

  2. PARTICIPATION IN SIMILAR ACTIVITIES. This instrument in no way restricts the Cooperator(s) from participating in similar activities with other public or private agencies, organizations, and individuals.

  3. NON-FUND OBLIGATING DOCUMENT. This instrument is neither a fiscal nor a funds obligation document. Any endeavor involving reimbursement, contribution of funds, or transfer of anything of value among the cooperators to this instrument will be handled in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and procedures. Such endeavors will be outlined in separate agreements that shall be made in writing by representatives of the cooperators and shall be independently authorized by appropriate statutory authority. This instrument does not provide such authority. Specifically, this instrument does not establish authority for noncompetitive awards to any cooperator of any contract or other agreement. Any contract or agreement for training or other services must fully comply with all applicable requirements for competition.

  4. MODIFICATION. Changes within the scope of this instrument shall be made by the issuance of a mutually executed modification.

  5. COMPLETION DATE. This instrument is executed by each party as of the date shown, unless modified by the need to include future signatories and expires no later than December 1, 2005 at which time it is subject to review and renewal, or expiration.

THE COOPERATORS HERETO have executed this agreement.

Organization
By:________________________ _________
Title
Signature ------ DATE

Memorandum of Understanding Among

AUDUBON SOCIETY OF GREATER DENVER
BACKCOUNTRY HORSEMAN OF COLORADO
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
BACKCOUNTRY SNOWSPORTS ALLIANCE
COLORADO DIVISION OF WILDLIFE
COLORADO FOURTEENERS INITIATIVE
COLORADO MOUNTAIN CLUB
COLORADO OFF HIGHWAY VEHICLE COALITION
COLORADO PARKS AND RECREATION ASSOCIATION
COLORADO STATE FOREST SERVICE
COLORADO STATE PARKS
COLORADO TRAIL FOUNDATION
COLORADO YOUTH CORPS ASSOCIATION
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAIL ALLIANCE
HEADWATERS TRAILS ALLIANCE
INTERNATIONAL MOUNTAIN BIKING ASSOCIATION
JEFFERSON COUNTY OPEN SPACE
LEAVE NO TRACE
MILE HIGH YOUTH CORPS
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
NATIONAL SKI AREAS ASSOCIATION
THE NATURE CONSERVANCY
OUTWARD BOUND-WEST
ROARING FORK OUTDOOR VOLUNTEERS
ROCKY MOUNTAIN YOUTH CORPS
SOUTHWEST COLORADO YOUTH CORPS
TREAD LIGHTLY, INC.
USDA FOREST SERVICE
VOLUNTEERS FOR OUTDOORS COLORADO
WESTERN COLORADO CONSERVATION CORPS
WILDLANDS RESTORATION VOLUNTEERS

COTI is funded in part from Great Outdoors Colorado through the Colorado State Parks Trails Program.
600 S. Marion Pkwy, Denver, CO 80209 303-715-1010 x12
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