Our mission is to collaboratively protect the Spanish Peaks area and wildlife from the impact of destructive events.

Annual Membership Meeting a Great Success

Spirits were high as current and new Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection (SPAWP) members gathered at the La Veta Fire Protection District Station No.1 on August 24 for the first SPAWP annual membership meeting.

“We made it!” said Sandy Magruder, SPAWP Board Member at large, referring to the fact that SPAWP had successfully completed a year as an organization.  SPAWP, formed after the devastating Spring Creek Fire, is dedicated to protecting the Spanish Peaks region from the devastating impacts of wildfire, as well as aiding recovery efforts in the Spring Fire burn scar.  

Janna Laudato, current SPAWP Vice President and Grants Committee chair recapped the organization’s accomplishments, including grants, Board of Directors, website, and 501(c)(3) status. The AIM grant has already been awarded for SPAWP’s start-up costs. Ms. Laudato also outlined grants in development to create a shaded fuel break along Hwy 12 and county roads for evacuation from Cuchara, Wahatoya, Navajo Ranch, and Majors Ranch. Ms. Laudato said SPAWP is “in a position to make a difference”.

Jim Ramsey, SPAWP Treasurer presented the annual budget for SPAWP and stated that SPAWP is getting on firmer financial ground thanks to individual membership fees and donations. In addition SPAWP now has seven organizational memberships.  He added that SPAWP was “especially grateful for the donation from Cuchara Hermosa from Pamela Ward’s book sale proceeds.” The funds on hand will permit SPAWP to embark on projects of our own while awaiting the outcome of grant applications.

New Board candidates proposed by the nominating committee, including Craig Yenzer, Sherri Jones, Will Jones and Brad Snow were presented, along with returning Board Members up for reelection. The Board of Directors slate was elected by acclamation. The specific roles of the directors would be determined in the Board of Directors Strategy meeting scheduled for Monday, August 26th. 

Cody Siebert, Board Member at Large said “we couldn’t have done it without Janna Laudato and James Ramsey’s tireless contributions” and presented recognition awards to the new and ongoing board members.

Paul Gomez, Walsenburg Assistant Fire Chief, reminded everyone of the purpose of SPAWP with his graphic slides, videos and recounting of his harrowing experiences during the Spring Fire.

The Annual meeting was a success by all accounts including the addition of 14 new members and a new Board of Directors to steer SPAWP through the coming year. 

Contact Us

Spanish Peaks Alliance for Wildfire Protection
P.O. Box 421
La Veta, CO 81055
Tel: 719-717-0930
mail@spawp.org