Poudre Learning Center - Photo by Gabriele Woolever

The Poudre Heritage Alliance (PHA) is the Non-Profit 501c3 entity that manages the Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area (CALA). The CALA is the area along the Cache la Poudre River from the mountains to the confluence with the South Platte River. Designated by Congress in 2009 to interpret how water law has influenced the historical, environmental, agricultural and industrial assets within the community around the Poudre River and created a unique culture around water. The PHA is made up of a board of up to 15 members that represent the community at large, Larimer and Weld County, Cities of Greeley and Fort Collins as well as the Town of Windsor, Belleview, Laporte and Timnath. On January 4, 2017 new officers were elected and new board members participated in their first PHA board meeting. This board meets once per month at the Poudre Learning Center or at the administrative offices which are located at the Colorado Welcome Center.

Current Officers of the Board

  • Bob Overbeck, Chairman
  • Wade Willis, Vice Chairman
  • Karen Scopel, Treasurer
  • Dan Biwer, Secretary

New Board Members

  • Dan Biwer, Greeley Assistant City Attorney – At Large
  • Sean Conway, Weld County Commissioner
  • Dan Perry, Greeley Museum – At Large
  • Andy Pineda, Northern Colorado Water
  • Nick Haws, Northern Engineering – At Large
  • James Wurz, Colorado State University

Existing Board Members

  • Gary Buffington, Larimer County
  • Bob Overbeck, City of Fort Collins
  • Bill Miller, Friends of the Water Works
  • Becky Safarick, City of Greeley
  • Karen Scopel, At Large
  • Ray Tschilliard, Poudre Learning Center
  • Wade Willis, Town of Windsor

Read the full press release here: News Officers and Board 2017 Press Release