Ed and Barb Chamberlin

A Conservation Legacy

By Sharon Sullivan

Ed Chamberlin grew up in San Jose, California in the middle of a cherry orchard that he walked through daily to get to school. Nowadays, when he visits the city he says you can’t find a cherry tree.

“It used to be a rich agricultural area – now it’s wall to wall development – the entire valley. It broke my heart. It was a beautiful area,” Chamberlin said. “That could happen here,” if not for the work of our ...

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Palisade peach field

Colorado West Land Trust nears a long-term goal

Thank you to the Daily Sentinel for the following article:

As the Colorado West Land Trust nears a long-term goal of preserving 1,000 acres of farmland in Palisade, a new 22-acre conservation easement of peach and apricot orchards is moving the needle that much closer.

Rob and Clare Talbott of C&R Farms have previously conserved 59 acres of orchards through the land trust, and Director of Conservation Ilana Moir said she was happy to hear the Talbotts wanted to do it again.

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Harry Talbot

Harry Talbot Induction Ceremony

Harry Talbot was inducted into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame

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Land Conservation

Colorado West Land Trust: A collaborative effort to better serve the region

By Sharon Sullivan

With the goal of increasing the pace, quality and permanence of conservation in western Colorado, Mesa Land Trust and Montrose-based Black Canyon Regional Land Trust are entering into an innovative partnership to better serve the region.

The two land trusts are consolidating operations with the creation of Colorado West Land Trust. This umbrella organization will serve a region that spans the Book Cliffs to the San Juan mountains, from the Colorado-Utah border to Blue Mesa Reservoir on the Gunnison ...

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Mt Garfield Colorado

Connecting Community, Experiencing the Land

Historian Wallace Stegner got it right when he wrote that “cooperation, not rugged individualism, is the quality that most characterizes and preserves” the West. Reminders of this surround us. Parents and children ride bikes at Lunch Loop on trails constructed by volunteers across land purchased through community fundraisers. Fruit-growers enter into conservation agreements with your local land trust, ensuring future harvests. Ranchers partner with the land trust to protect habitat that forms critical migration corridors for elk and mule deer. ...

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Anna Roehm Lawson and the Heart of a Family Ranch on Pinyon Mesa

One hour from Grand Junction and 15 miles west of the Glade Park Store, a metal gate leads to the original log cabin home of Anna Roehm Lawson, who has lived on this land since she was ten days old. A friendly young hound and an elderly dachshund greet us. Anna is already busy in the kitchen, talking on the phone. She welcomes us into the newest addition to the multi-sectioned log home, where she is surrounded by a variety ...

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Accreditation Renewal

A 34-year-old organization that’s conserved more than 64,000 acres of agricultural lands, open spaces and wildlife habitat in and around Mesa County has earned a national distinction for a second time.

The Mesa Land Trust in Grand Junction has received renewed accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The Mesa Land Trust first earned the accreditation in 2009.

Only 280 land trusts in the United States are accredited, which means they meet national standards ...

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Young Farmers: Investing in the Peach Industry

In the fall of 2007, James Sanders was stuck at a railroad crossing in Palisade waiting for a train to pass. He caught sight of the Fruit and Wine Realty office and wandered over to take a look. That night he went home to his wife Laura and said, “I have a crazy idea.” “And I’d been with him long enough to know that if he said he had a crazy idea, it was going to be really crazy,” added ...

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Field to Fork CSA: Local Agriculture in the Grand Valley

Scott and Jessica Washkowiak know the importance of conservation to the future of farming.  In 2012, the young couple, who operate Field to Fork CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), began working conserved land owned by two of Mesa Land Trust’s founders, Mike and Blakely Mechau, near Palisade.

In 2005, the Mechaus placed a conservation easement on 20 acres of farm land through the Mesa Land Trust. This conservation easement ensures that this acreage will always be used for farming and will never ...

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