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Carol Ekarius

Executive Director, Coalition for the Upper South Platte

Carol Ekarius has been the Executive Director for the Coalition for the Upper South Platte (CUSP) since 1999. In 2014, CUSP’s board and management created a new nonprofit, Coalitions & Collaboratives, Inc (COCO) to help grow more CUSP-like watershed groups, and she serves as the CEO of COCO. Over her tenure, CUSP and COCO have worked extensively on forest health and wildfire issues, and began focusing on the carbon-market potential in this arena in 2014. Carol brings decades of experience in governmental and nonprofit management. Carol is also a freelance writer and the author of nine books, covering topics in sustainable, small-scale agriculture and farming and environmental solutions.