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$75.00 - Individual
$100.00 - Supporter
$150.00 - Family
$250.00 - Sustainer
$500.00 - Primo Partner

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537 Main Street
P.O. Box 223
Alamosa, Colorado 81101
Phone: (719) 589-1518

About Us

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Various Local, Regional and National Non Profit Environmental and Conservation Organizations.

SLVEC working group members dealing with issues such as:

  • Energy Development on Public Lands Surrounding the SLV
  • The Village at Wolf Creek, Protection of Roadless Areas
  • Travel Management Planning on Public Lands
  • Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) - Environmental Health Risk Assessment within the SLV
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - Public Outreach to inform about asthma and asthma triggers, radon gas, dust, smoke and preventaive measures
  • San Francisco Creek Working Group- Local Residents Monitoring Oil and Gas Exploration in a Major Watershed of the San Juan Mountains
  • San Luis Valley Solar Master Planning Process
  • Alamosa Ranch/Healthy Living Park


• Brown Foundation
• El Pomar Foundation
• Fund for Wild Nature
• Maki Foundation
• New Land Foundation
• Patagonia

• United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Utility Service Solid Waste Management

• Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area

• Colorado Creative Industries

• New Venture Foundation
• Kenney Foundation
• The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
• Environmental Justice Program
• Many Individuals, Families, and Businesses

Thank you for making our work possible

Vision Statement

Through education, stewardship practices, community investment and public policy advocacy efforts, SLVEC fosters understanding of complex ecosystems and the constructive interplay between human cultures and the natural world. SLVEC embraces and promotes the preservation of beauty, biodiversity and the health of the San Luis Valley and upper Rio Grande region.

Currently, SLVEC helps organize over 100 volunteers involved in different working groups. The mailing list consists of over 4,000 individuals and 500 members.

Mission Statement

The mission of the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC) is to protect and restore, through research, education, and advocacy, the biological diversity, ecosystems, and natural resources of the Upper Rio Grande bioregion, balancing ecological values with human needs.

Board of Directors


Dave Miller, Crestone, Colorado
Board President
Dave brings his expertise in working with the New Mexico State legislature and Office of the NM Governor for almost 30 years. His expertise was transmission and energy issues. Dave has developed several policy making skills which are beneficial when mounting campaigns and also has a keen interest in the long term financial stability of the organization. Dave likes to hike, camp, collect fine masks and makes the most of exploring the western United States.


Suzanne Shriber, Alamosa, Colorado
Former Board Secretary


The staff and fellow board members wish to express their heartfelt appreciation for the many years of service to SLVEC that Suzanne has contributed. We miss you and hope you will continue in your support of our programs and goals. Thank you!

Suzanne arrived in the SLV in 1978. She was first a bus driver for a migrant school and then became a guidance counselor for the Center Schools System. She taught for 23 years and recently retired. She has been in education for 30 years. Suzanne  graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She is very involved with the Water Quality Project and Citizens for the Alamosa Ranch.



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Richard Luckemeier, Alamosa, Colorado
Board Member
Richard arrived in the SLV in 1983 and has worked for La Puente and as a certified engineer for the City of Alamosa. Richard joined the Board in 2007. Richard is an avid hiker, horseman, camper and an outdoorsman with a keen eye for spotting birds and other wildlife. He spends his spare time roaming in the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. He likes to track and photograph the Mexican Wolf in New Mexico.






Jim Turnbull, Creede, Colorado
Board Member
Native Californian. Attended Northern Arizona University School of Forestery (Grad '80), Worked for Colorado State Forest Service (Silviculture, Timber Mgt. & Planning), Southwest Forest Ind. (Timber Cruiser, Forester, Commercial Timber Admin.), City of Scottsdale, AZ. (Water Resources Admin, Water Conservation, Policy and Impact Fees), Retired in 2000 and returned to Colorado. Presently Mineral County Coordinator, ColoradoWild (2005).

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Karen Lemke, Alamosa, Colorado
Board Member
Karen is the Director of the College Readiness Programs at Adams State University in Alamosa. She holds a MA from University of Northern Colorado in English Rhetoric and Composition. She is also a board member with the SLV Local Foods Coalition, supporting nutrition, physical activity food sovereignty food justice, access . Karen is a diverse musician and plays with the SLV symphony orchestra and community steel drum band. Her many interests include the art of beekeeping.


Don Thompson

Board Member, Treasurer

Don and his partner Jan Oen retired to Alamosa in 2003 after 30 some years in Denver. Don was active in the environmental community in Colorado during his years in Denver working on clean air and water issues and wilderness designations. He served for six years as the environmental representative to the Denver Water Citizens Advisory Committte established when the Two Forks Dam projected was abandoned. Don has climbed the Fouteeners, hiked the Colorado Trail in his free time and was an Ultra Marathoner in his younger years. Don became a year-round bicycle commuter in Denver after renting a bicycle for a commute on the first Earth Day in 1970. He is currentlu treasurer for seven nonprofit organizations. Born and raised in Detroit,MI, he graduated from Miami University and moved to Denver in 1969. 


Dr. Elizabeth Kinney

Board Member

Beth Kinney is a family physician who has worked both in family practice and emergency medicine in the San Luis Valley for the last 21 years. She is an avid outdoor person enjoying both hiking and mountain biking. Beth is interested in increasing public awareness of the benefial activities that SLVEC offers to the San Luis Valley community and environment. She believes that encouraging and enabling citizen stewardship of our land and resources is crucially important to maintaining our environment and for curbing/preventing the devastating effects of man-made global warming. " While my trainig is in improving health on an individual basis, environmental and community health are vital to our future survival."





Dr. Joel Kaufman

Board Member

Joel was raised and educated in New Jersey. He landed in the San Luis Valley 33 years ago and began practicing medicine. " I had an obligation to serve in a poor area with a shortage of physicians, due to my government sponsored medical education. The San Luis Valley was a great fit because I wanted to be far from a city, in the mountains near great snow (Wolf Creek) and close to my brother. Most amazingly, I found a practice in which I fit. This was Valley Wide Health Services (now Systems.)

I took a world tour from 1988-89, going to 4 European countries, 12 African and 6 Asian nations. All told, I have been to 35 countries, 47 states amd 7 canadian provinces."



Staff and Support

Chrisweb   Christine Canaly, Crestone, Colorado
Chris joined SLVEC in June 2000.  Chris mobilized key local and regional constituencies to support legislation for the Great Sand Dunes National Park and remained on their Management Plan Advisory Board through 2006. She originally worked with the Citizens for San Luis Valley Water to protect the Baca Ranch from a trans-basin water diversion and received congressional recognition for that work. She has voluntarily developed organizational infrastructure for a number of Valley non-profit restoration and conservation organizations. Before moving to the SLV in 1988, she worked as an engineer with CNN Headlines in Atlanta, Georgia and NBC News in New York City.



Michael Armenta,

Project Coordinator- Solid Waste Management Project

Michael is a native of the San Luis Valley, growing up in Manassa and graduating from Centari High School in 1999. He graduated from Colorado University at Colorado Springs in 2008 with double BA degrees in Geography/Environment and Anthroplogy. After completing undergraduate studies Mike served with the Peace Corps in Ecuador from 2009-2011 and then with the Peace Corps Response in Guatemala in 2012. Michael was awarded a MA in Development from Denver University in 2012.


John Stump, Alamosa, Colorado
Coordinator -Solid Waste Management Project

John brings his acquired organizational talents to the newly emplaced Solid Waste Management Program. A former board member, John recently retired from being director of research and planning  for the Development Resources Group. He was an early participant on the Steering Committe for the Sangre de Cristo National Heritage Area. He has a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. 

 davepaint   David Montgomery, Alamosa, Colorado
Consultant, Projects and Programs
Dave is a nationally known landscape painter. He has lived in Colorado since 1958 and was "drug here" to the SLV by his family in 1965. Dave has been a persistent voice for conservation and the environment in the San Luis Valley for the past 35 years. Dave was one of the original founding board members and now contributes to the council as a consultant.