The Economic Impact of Federal Conservation Easement Payments

Last December, CWLT completed conservation work with Roblee and Clare Talbott of C & R Farms. This 22-acre, highly-productive peach and apricot orchard is the third conservation project for the family, who have grown fruit on East Orchard Mesa since 1979.

Projects like this are possible in Colorado in part because we have access to several sources of funding to purchase conservation easements on valuable acreage. Financial assistance through Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Farm Bill program, and our ...

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Aerial Monitoring With Partner, LightHawk

The stewardship responsibility of Colorado West Land Trust, the partnership between Mesa Land Trust and Black Canyon Regional Land Trust, is an enormous undertaking. Between the two organizations there are 543 separate conservation easements covering over 120,000 acres across the service area that must be monitored each year by staff members, volunteers and contractors.

Annual monitoring visits and the related hours spent entering information and compiling reports takes the CWLT staff thousands of hours each year. To make the ...

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Public Meeting at City Hall

The Mesa Land Trust and its partners are completing a year long public process that has incorporated input from focus groups and meetings into actual renderings, planning, and funding strategies to enhance the visitor/trail user experience along the Monument Corridor.
Join us next Wednesday evening, October 11th at City Hall.  5:30 – 7:30 pm.
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$1.5 Million GOCO Award to Fund Path Construction

Last week, Great Outdoors Colorado approved a $1.5 million grant to the City of Grand Junction and the Mesa Land Trust to construct a paved shared use path that will connect the Riverfront Trail to the Lunch Loop trailhead. The total cost to construct this path is $2.5 million and the City and the Mesa Land Trust are now working to raise the remaining funds.


Mesa County is also a strategic partner, providing a significant contribution and staff support through Mesa ...
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Zinfandel, Palisade

Conservation easements: Investing from the ground up

From the GJ Daily Sentinel

By Tamera Minnick

Soils are vital to ecosystem health. In the U.S., we learned this the hard way in the 1930s Dust Bowl. Extreme drought was just one of the drivers of the Dust Bowl. The effects were magnified by economic, policy and land management decisions during the prior decade.

At the end of World War I, European agriculture was in disarray and American agriculture benefited. During a ...

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Study: Conservation easements benefit state

From the GJ Daily Sentinel

Despite some operational issues, the state’s conservation easement program has helped preserve millions of acres and provided billions of dollars in tax credits to Colorado residents, according to a new study.

The study, performed by researchers and professors at Colorado State University, was done to help state lawmakers understand the benefits the state has seen through its Conservation Easement Tax Credit Program, including matching grants provided by ...

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Native Grasses Project Needs Your Support

Native Grasses are valuable forage for wildlife, scenically beautiful, and essential for supporting soils. And, these grasses need help!

Many landowners in the Glade Park area are interested in restoring native plants and wildlife habitat on their properties. However, these grasses are challenging to grow on previously disturbed soils and seeds are often difficult to get and expensive to purchase.

The Land Trust is working with local native plant experts to develop appropriate methods to seed with native grasses that are indigenous to ...

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March Designated ‘Write a Will Month’ in Mesa County

Write a Will Month Press Release

“Did anyone check under the mattress?”

When “someday” comes, how will your family know who gets all of your valuable stuff?   Learn more from the experts as part of the first annual Mesa County “Write a Will Month” in March, when two free 90-minute workshops are scheduled at the Mesa County Public Library Community Room, Downtown Grand Junction:

Tuesday,  March 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 29, 5:30- 7 p.m.         ...

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