In addition to the public safety and private property concerns, the fire is situated at the headwaters and along the watershed of the main stem of the Rio Grande River and many of its tributaries. The primary economic industry of the communities of Creede, South Fork, and Lake City and Rio Grande, Hinsdale, and Mineral counties are tourist-dependent. These counties boast a high percentage (Hinsdale – 96%, Mineral – 95%, Rio Grande – 60%) of public lands and the outdoor recreation industry is heavily influenced by wilderness access, roads and trails, fishing, hunting, and scenic values.
RWEACT will provide an intentional collaboration forum for organizations seeking to recover economic impacts (both short-term and long-term) from the wildfire event.
- Immediate personal needs funding received from El Pomar Foundation.
- Creede Community Relief Fund
- Partner with regional tourism boards and the Colorado Tourism Office as appropriate
- Rio Grande Tourism Board
- US Small Business Administration and Economic Injury Business Loans - low interest loans available to small businesses economically impacted by the West Fork Complex fire - application deadline: April 15, 2014 www.sba.gov/services/disasterassistance
The Del Norte Bank is offering business assistance for marketing campaigns. If a business has no advertisement budget: Bank will co-op with business 50/50 for dollars spent. If a business has an advertisement budget, if the business will expand budget 25%, bank will contribute 50% of new budget. Limit of $500 of Co-op budget per business Deadline: August 31, 2013 Contact Mike Hurst or Scott Stecken, 719-657-3376
- So far, Rio Grande fires not affecting trout in the San Luis Valley
- Impacts on Big Game Hunting in Unit 76 after the fire
- Develop and support a “Buy Local” program identifying the micro-economic benefit of dollar distribution throughout a community
- Develop long-term strategies for impacts on outdoor recreation (fishing and hunting) and scenic assets.
- Support local groups developing around relief efforts.
- Work with the USDA Forest Service and Colorado State Forest Service for additional wood utilization efforts and professional development workshops, including assistance from FEMA and the CWCB for Flood Insurance Workshops and other events.
- Work with USDA Forest Service to replace economic impacts of previously sold Timber Sale areas for new areas or replacement areas.
- RWEACT Project Lead: Karla Shriver
Economic Recovery: In the News
Denver News Anchor travels to Creede, Colorado
post-wilfire and comments on the beauty and resiliency of the area:
Downloadable App Launched for the Silver Thread Scenic & Historic Byway
The Silver Thread App is a comprehensive, easy-to-use guide that takes you on a 117 mile road trip from South Fork, Creede, Lake City, and on towards Gunnison, Colorado! This App was created for visitors interested in the history of the town and places along the Byway. Use the app's map and signage along the route follow the Silver Thread as it weaves in and out of towns filled with remarkable stories pulled from a rich history, alluring outdoor adventures, and stunning scenery.
See spectacular displays of Colorado splendor, abundant wildlife, and varied and unique geology. Stop in any one of the three bustling small mountain towns for shopping, dining, arts and history!
Points of Interest include the mighty Rio Grande River for flyfishing on gold medal waters, Wagon Wheel Gap, the Historic Bachelor Loop and Creede Mining District, the spectacular and unrivaled North Clear Creek Waterfalls, scenic Slumgullian Pass that cuts through a natural earthflow, Colorado's second-largest natural lake - Lake San Cristobal, the Alferd Packer Massacre site, and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River ending at Blue Mesa Reservoir.
RWEACT partners with Colorado Tourism Office to produce promotional video for Silver Thread Byway
Sales Tax Exemption on Beetle Wood Products