Land Conservation

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

By Sharon Sullivan

Land ConservationWith 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 ...

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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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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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Dine in the Vines

Join us Thursday, September 7th from 5:00pm-8:00pm to celebrate the bounty of our local land at Colterris Winery. Dine in the Vines, a farm-to-table dinner, will take place in the High family’s lovely conserved winery & vineyard, east of Palisade.

Josh Niernberg of Bin 707 will prepare a four-course meal paired with a wonderful selection of Colterris wine. The menu will feature fresh, local produce, locally-sourced meat and a vegetarian option. Enjoy a stroll overlooking ...

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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 ...

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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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