Bradley family conserves farm for future generations

Montrose Daily Press, August 9, 2023- Preserving the picturesque North Fork Valley for future generations is at the heart of a new partnership between Colorado West Land Trust and the Bradley family.

This collaboration permanently protects approximately 55 acres of pristine fruitland in eastern Delta County, ensuring the preservation of Black Bridge Winery and Orchard Valley Farms.

The partnership helps secure important local food production, provides opportunities for the next generation, protects habitat along the North Fork of the Gunnison River, and ...

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CWLT staff hiking trail through conserved property

Redlands property conservation preserves trail access

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, June 9, 2023- Public access to trails on 27 acres of land in the Redlands will be preserved after the property owners worked with Colorado West Land Trust to conserve the land.

The property is located between The Ridges and Redlands 360 development and includes trails that are accessible to walkers, cyclists and dog owners, which interconnect with adjacent communities, creating outdoor recreational opportunities in the area, according to a press release from Colorado West Land Trust.

Greg ...

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Mack acreage, associated water rights preserved through easement

The Daily Sentinel, February 24, 2023- A local landowner has partnered with the Colorado West Land Trust to protect 320 acres of irrigated cropland and natural habitat in the Mack area from the possibility of future development by placing it in a conservation easement, which also ensures the water rights will forever remain with the land.

Jim McCurter realized shorty after buying the property in 2021 that there was frequent waterfowl and wildlife activity there and he wanted to ...

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Couple protects land by reservoir with ties to family ancestors

The Daily Sentinel, December 7, 2022— A family’s decision to permanently protect 310 acres south of Crawford not only benefits wildlife and preserves a landscape, but adds another chapter to the family’s long and colorful history in that area.

The Colorado West Land Trust has partnered with Larry and Lorell Cotten to conserve the acreage along Gould Reservoir, where Larry Cotten’s ancestors had a hand in building the reservoir dam more than a century ago.

The conservation project is one ...

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The Lazo family conserves wildlife habitat in Delta County

Delta County Independent, July 12, 2022—Colorado West Land Trust (CWLT) recently announced that it has partnered with the Lazo family to conserve 146 acres of wildlife habitat in Delta County’s Fruitland Mesa area.

Fruitland Mesa is a plateau between the Smith Fork of the Gunnison River’s canyon to the north and Red Canyon to the south. Standing on it, one can see the West Elk Mountains to the east, Black Canyon of the Gunnison to the south, and Gunnison Gorge to ...

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A decade of work pays off

The Daily Sentinel, June 15, 2022—The recent news that Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded $500,000 to complete phase two of the Monument Connector Trail is a major win for the community.

The 1.5-mile trail will go from the Lunch Loops trail head to the Jurassic Flats trail head off South Camp Road, according to reporting by The Daily Sentinel’s Sam Klomhaus.

“It’s going to connect a lot of the most important outdoor spaces we have,” Parks and Recreation Director ...

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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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Area projects receive total of $132,930 in GOCO funding

The Daily Sentinel, December 11, 2021—Trail-building, watershed restoration and riverside improvements will occur locally thanks to a combined $132,930 in conservation service corps grants awarded to four projects in Mesa County.

The Great Outdoors Colorado board approved the grants Thursday, as part of more than $6 million in new funding to support 38 projects across the state focused on things such as land acquisition and stewardship, planning efforts and community access to the outdoors and planning efforts. The money comes from ...

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