About the Intermountain Alliance


The Inter Mountain Alliance (IMA) is a group of mountain community leaders originally convened by Rebecca Lawrence of Ward in 2010 to discuss lessons learned from the Fourmile Canyon Fire. Each one of the mountain townships west of Boulder are represented either by their elected officials or community leaders. Two years later, the group enthusiastically meets once a month to discuss a variety of topics.

Community-based emergency preparedness was originally the focal point of the group as we focused on understanding the needs and desires of mountain residents during and after a natural disaster.  Working closely with the Boulder County Office of Emergency Management, we have documented the resources present in each town and devised community specific plans to support our local volunteer fire departments.  We have also created a partnership with BCARES (Boulder County Amateur Radio Emergency Services) to design the Mountain Emergency Radio Network.

The IMA has expanded beyond the realm of emergency preparedness and also advocates for the needs of mountain residents to State and County officials.  Federal organizations, State legislators, Boulder County Commissioners and officials, as well as the District Attorney have visited IMA meetings with the intention of understanding how to better serve our mountain communities.

Participating Communities:

  • Allenspark
  • Gold Hill
  • Jamestown
  • Lyons
  • Nederland
  • Ward
  • Four Mile Canyon
  • Bar-K

Contact Amy Hardy, current chair of the IMA, at 303 653 2088 or email her