Another year has flown by! 2019 has been a busy, fruitful year. We have to catch our breath occasionally as we list the projects the land trust has undertaken. Our commitments to a large geographic area, a variety of projects, and a host of conservation partners keep us both challenged and excited. We are proud of the land trust’s success in continuing to conserve some of the most beautiful and valuable lands in Western Colorado.
Two of our newly conserved properties, one in Mesa County and one in Delta County, will protect 2,100 acres of farmland and wildlife habitat. A 42-acre orchard near Paonia adds to the 2,000 acres of fruit lands we’ve conserved in the adjoining counties. A 214-acre conserved farm on the Uncompahgre River in Montrose County also adds to the legacy we are leaving to future generations.
Along Monument Road in Grand Junction, the finishing touches are being put on the Lunch Loop Connector trail, a concrete path that will connect the community’s most popular trailhead with downtown Grand Junction and the Riverfront Trail. The Land Trust secured land for the trail alignment and worked with the City to raise $2.5M to build the trail. Further up the road, we have acquired 16 acres at the corner of Monument Road and South Camp Road.
Thinking bigger yet, we’ve helped establish West Slope Conservation Partners, a collaboration of four western Colorado land trusts who understand that by working together we can protect even more of our beautiful and important landscapes.
We are driven to protect the character of western Colorado and the agriculture, wildlife, and outdoor adventure it supports. We are grateful for all of you who support us as we turn our dreams for the future into reality. None of these achievements would have been possible without you.
Thank you!CWLT- AR-2018-2019 (1)