SOFAR as a Collaborative offers letters of support to projects in the SOFAR area. Receiving a SOFAR Collaborative “stamp of approval” can especially help with grant applications, as it demonstrates collaboration and broad input. A project in the SOFAR area does not require Collaborative approval, but that approval bolsters the grant application’s competitiveness.
To issue a letter of support, charter signatories must support the project moving forward. Project sponsors should review the SOFAR List of Actions and then submit a project information form to request a letter of support from the Eldorado District Ranger and facilitator. Then, on behalf of SOFAR, the Forest Service District Ranger writes a letter for the project sponsor to use in the funding application.
Click here to view letters of support approved and submitted since December 2023.
List of Non-Controversial and Controversial Actions – SOFAR LIST of Actions
In 2021, the Collaborative approved a proposed list of actions that identifies non-controversial activities and activities that warrant further discussion with the Collaborative. The list is intended to help project sponsors anticipate support / concern with projects and outline project development and timing accordingly. Non-controversial projects can move forward more expeditiously while projects with moderate or controversial actions are given due review and
discussion for potential Collaborative endorsement. More controversial activities can be approved but warrant collaboration and discussion with the
Landscape Vision or the full Collaborative. Project sponsors can reach out to a member of the Collaborative or the facilitator to explore letters of support or scheduling meeting time to discuss potential projects.