Building Strong Volunteer Partner Organizations: A Success Story

With increased use of our public trails and limitations on agency resources, how can volunteer organizations be more responsive and effective partners? Join us to learn about a successful statewide effort in Colorado—the Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition (COSC) -- that is laying the groundwork for advancing the state’s stewardship movement by building a stronger and more effective infrastructure of volunteer programs across the state.

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December 06, 2018

10:00 am (Pacific Standard Time)

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Webinar Outline

Webinar presenters, representing Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, Great Outdoors Colorado (a COSC funder) and the Bureau of Land Management will share their perspectives on why they invested time and money in building a sustainable stewardship framework for Colorado and the direct benefits they expect to see. The workshop will showcase several tangible tools developed as part of the COSC’s recent 18-month statewide stewardship initiative designed to strengthen volunteer organizational capacity and more effectively measure the impact of stewardship work across multiple and diverse trail and other outdoor volunteer organizations. These tools are readily adaptable to any trail type for volunteer organizations who are interested in building stronger organizational systems to strengthen and sustain their volunteer capacity. The Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition (COSC), a collaboration of volunteer stewardship organizations and land managers, promotes stewardship of Colorado’s outdoors, elevating the awareness and engagement of the public in caring for the state’s outdoor spaces. Hosted by Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, the Coalition has been working since 2010 to document and promote the collective impact of outdoor volunteer stewardship.

Learning Objectives

  • Background on the Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition and its focus on building statewide capacity.
  • Benefits of establishing a stewardship coalition and perspectives from a variety of stakeholders.
  • Lessons learned related to establishing and maintaining coalition-based work.
  • Tangible, replicable tools developed by the COSC to build volunteer stewardship capacity and quality on public lands.
  • Information related to current efforts to build a nationwide stewardship coalition to enhance our collective voice and ability to better steward the nation’s trails.


Ann Baker Easley, Executive Director, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Ann Baker Easley has been the Executive Director of Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) since 2007. Ann, a Colorado native, helps thousands who share her love for the outdoors get involved in outdoor stewardship volunteer efforts across Colorado through VOC. Over the past 23 years, she has led numerous environmental, volunteer, and youth-development oriented nonprofit organizations, with a focus on strengthening their programs and helping them grow to new levels. During that time, she founded or helped start 7 different youth and civilian service corps programs, both in Colorado and nationally. Prior to VOC, she founded the Colorado Youth Corps Association where she served as its Executive Director for 11 years.

At VOC, she is focused on recruiting a new generation of outdoor volunteers and leaders, and expanding VOC’s programs to pioneer a new era of outdoor stewardship. Baker Easley presently serves on the Board of Directors of Conservation Legacy, is a member of the Colorado Non-Profit Association’s Leadership Advisory Committee and was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s 2017 Thought Leaders. She graduated from Colorado State University with a dual major in Psychology and Social Work and earned a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan.


Dean Winstanley, Director of Statewide Stewardship, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado

Dean Winstanley joined Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) as the Director of Statewide Stewardship in June 2013, bringing significant and relevant experience as a public land manager. He served as the Director of the Colorado Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation from 2007 through 2011. Dean currently oversees VOC’s 70 annual public volunteer stewardship projects around the state. Additionally he works to enhance collective statewide volunteer stewardship capacity and collaboration through his work with VOC’s Outdoor Stewardship Institute, field office program and leadership role with the Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition.

Dean is a graduate of Colorado College and completed the Rocky Mountain Leadership Program through the University of Colorado-Denver’s Graduate School of Public Affairs. He has authored a best-selling travel book, The Colorado Guide, currently in its 6th edition.


Chris Yuan Farrell, Stewardship and Trails Senior Program Officer, Great Outdoors Colorado

Chris Yuan Farrell is the Stewardship and Trails Senior Program Officer for Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) where he works to preserve, enhance, and restore Colorado’s parks, open spaces, wildlife habitat, rivers, and trails. (GOCO, constitutionally-created in 1992, allocates and grants approximately $70 million in lottery proceeds annually to trails, stewardship and other state and local outdoor priorities). Chris’ decade-long involvement in conservation began as an undergraduate ecology major and researcher at Santa Clara University. As a landscape ecologist with The Nature Conservancy, he published several peer-reviewed articles on various conservation topics. He is a former Doris Duke Conservation Fellow and Colorado Open Lands Conservation Fellow and received a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Yale University.

Outside of the office, Chris is an avid mountain biker and serves on the board of directors of Groundwork Denver, working to improve Denver’s green spaces and promote the health and well-being of Coloradans.


Jack Placchi, Travel Management and Trails Coordinator for the Colorado State Office, Bureau of Land Management

Jack Placchi is the Travel Management and Trails Coordinator for the Colorado State Office of the Bureau of Land Management. Jack began his career in 1976 working for the US Forest Service on a number of forest districts in California and Colorado until 1997, serving in a variety of roles from wildland firefighter to recreation project manager. He then served as the statewide Off Highway Vehicle Program Manager for Colorado State Parks until 2002 when he began his current position with Bureau of Land Management. His career includes over 35 years of managing complicated dispersed recreation, trails, wilderness, volunteer, OHV, and travel management programs. He has collaborated with diverse user groups, agencies, organizations and local governments to plan and implement programs and projects locally and nationally.


Webinar Resources

Presenting organization website links:

BLM – Colorado:

Great Outdoors Colorado:

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado:

Presenters’ emails and contact information:

Ann Baker Easley –; 303-715-1010; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, 600 South Marion Parkway, Denver, CO 80209

Chris Yuan Farrell –; 303-226-4511; Great Outdoors Colorado, 1900 Grant St Suite 725, Denver CO 80203

Jack Placchi –; 303-239-3832; 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215

Dean Winstanley –; 303-715-1010; Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado, 600 South Marion Parkway, Denver CO 80209

Great Outdoors Colorado stewardship grants:

Colorado Outdoor Stewardship Coalition (COSC) website and key COSC resources:

COSC website:

Annual Volunteer Impact Reports (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014):

2014 Caring for Colorado Public Lands Report (Gap & Capacity): Executive Summary at Full report at

Statewide Stewardship Initiative (SSI) tools website:

Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) Resources:

Stepping Up Stewardship: A Toolkit for Outdoor Volunteerism:

Outdoor Stewardship Institute:

Other Colorado stewardship-related resources:

The Colorado Outdoor Partnership (CO-OP):

The Colorado Outdoor Industry Office:

The Colorado Tourism Office’s Voluntourism site:

Bicycle Colorado:

Colorado Canyons Association:

Colorado Fourteeners Initiative:

Colorado Mountain Club:

Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Coalition:

Colorado Outfitters Association:

Colorado Parks and Wildlife:

Colorado River Outfitters Association:

Colorado Youth Corps Association:

Conservation Lands Foundation:

International Mountain Bicycling Association:

Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers:

Rocky Mountain Field Institute:

Stay The Trail:

USDA Forest Service, Region 2:

Wildland Restoration Volunteers:

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