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Friends of Cedar Mesa

Friends of Cedar Mesa works to ensure that the public lands in San Juan County, with all their cultural and natural values, are respected and protected.  To do this, the organization partners with local tribal leaders, the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, and the Glen Canyon National Recreation area to create local, regional, and national support for greater protection of Cedar Mesa through education, advocating for national designations, supporting smart local policy-making, and organizing research and volunteer service activities.  We support their efforts to open ‘Bears Ears Visit with Respect Education Center’ designed to educate visitors on the beauty, sacredness and fragility of the national park, as well funded the visit of the All Pueblo Council of Governors of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico and Arizona to visit the Education Center, Bears Ears and the Borderlands area.

Joe Neuhoff, Executive Director

Joe Neuhof has more than 20 years of experience in conservation nonprofit work, much of it dedicated to the Colorado Plateau. Prior to joining Friends of Cedar Mesa, Joe served as the founding executive director of Forever Our Rivers Foundation.

His previous work also includes serving as executive director of  Colorado Canyons Association – one of the most successful groups in the Friends Grassroots Network and a nationally recognized partner to the Bureau of Land Management.

Joe has also performed as the West Slope Director for Conservation Colorado, Executive Director of Save our Streams in Baltimore, MD, and as a board member for various nonprofits including Conservation Lands Foundation, The Civil Conversations Project, Colorado Plateau Coalition, Community Impact Council, and Red Rock Forests, among others.