Land Trust launches map feature to connect locals to ag businesses

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, July 6, 2024-

The Colorado West Land Trust has launched a new feature on its website to help people find locally produced agriculture from farms that have also conserved their land.

The Land Trust recently announced that a new interactive map showing where you can buy produce and services from its conserved landowners was available on its website. Colorado West Land Trust Executive Director Rob Bleiberg said this was something other land trusts have done and they wanted ...

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Dry Creek Farms conservation agreement aimed at preserving ag legacy

Montrose Daily Press, May 28, 2024-

The Anderson family of Olathe, with Colorado West Land Trust, announce the successful conservation of Dry Creek Farms, a pivotal step in preserving the rich agricultural heritage and vital water resources of the Uncompahgre Valley.

The Anderson family are fourth-generation Uncompahgre Valley farmers and owners of Dry Creek Farms, which encompasses 345 acres of ...

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Conservation easement will preserve Campbell Ranch in face of growing development

Montrose Daily Press, May 28, 2022—For five generations, the Campbell family has ranched along the North Fork Valley floor between Hotchkiss and Paonia, tending to hay crops and cattle — and by extension, preserving riparian areas, woods, meadows that strongly contribute to the scenic value of the entire area.

Those values are now formally protected.

The Colorado West Land Trust and the Campbells completed a conservation easement for 410 acres or ranchland at the end of April.

Easements, which are a voluntary agreement ...

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410 Acres of Ranch Land in the North Fork Valley Conserved

The Daily Sentinel, May 23, 2022—The Colorado West Land Trust has announced 410 acres of ranch land south of Colorado Highway 133 between Hotchkiss and Paonia in Delta County will now be conserved via a conservation easement.

According to a press release, the Campbell Ranch is one of the largest intact ranches in that area, and includes hay fields, pastures, scrubland, forests, wetlands and 1.25 miles of the North Fork River.

“From the West Elk Scenic and Historic Byway, one may ...

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GOCO gives $50K to help conserve Crawford-area ranch through Colorado West Land Trust

By Katharhynn Heidelberg at Montrose Daily Press–Efforts to preserve a working ranch—and the big game migration, views, and habitat it hosts—received help in the form of a grant from Great Outdoors Colorado.

Colorado West Land Trust is working with the owners of a Crawford-area ranch to finalize a conservation easement that will protect more than 1,200 acres from development, while allowing ranch work to continue.

Late last week, GOCO’s Conservation Easement Transaction Costs program awarded the trust $50,000 to help move the ...

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Glade Park conservation protects habitat, ranch uses

The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, February 5, 2020—

Critical land used by deer and elk, as well as a working ranch on Glade Park will all be protected under a newly announced Colorado West Land Trust conservation agreement.

“It’s an incredible property,” Colorado West Land Trust Director of Conservation Ilana Moir said. “It has a multitude of conservation values. It has working ranch land, wildlife habitat, potential for Gunnison sage grouse habitat, incredible views and its part of the ...

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The Fouts Ranch: Instilling Values by Protecting Land

When Jeremy and Candice Fouts signed the deed on a 1,707-acre ranch in Delta County, they had their children in mind. “We bought this property to make a deliberate lifestyle change and to do something together as a family,” Jeremy explains. “I grew up in eastern Oklahoma on a farm and ranch. A retired minister moved to my hometown from Delta, and he’s the one that taught me the love of hunting, fishing and being outdoors.” 

“I also learned a lot of life skills working on a farm—how to treat others, how to respect the land and wildlife—that’s what set me up to have a ...

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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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