40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Cordova Farm Protected in Fruita Buffer Zone (2003 Reprint)

Mesa Land Trust and the Mesa County Community Separator Area project are happy to announce the recent completion of their sixth conservation easement in the Grand Valley’s buffer zones.

In July, Betty Cordova placed a conservation easement covering her beautiful 39-acre farm on J Road in the Fruita Community Separator. The Cordova farm is currently planted in corn and is located adjacent to two other already-protected properties in the Fruita buffer zone, the Dixie Williams Ranch and the Basher horse farm. ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: A North Fork Memorial to Land and People (2011 Reprint)

“1894 – As long as grass grows, spring wind blows and water flows the land will nurture us and we will nurture the land. These acres are dedicated forever to conservation by the Norman Kehmeier family.”

On July 4, 2011, members of the Kehmeier family gathered back on their land from far-flung corners of the world to dedicate a stone memorial with a plaque carrying the words quoted above.

The land has been in the family for over a century (thus the ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Section of Riverfront Trail Acquired on Conserved Property (2006 Reprint)

(Press Release Reprint: Sept. 2006)–The Mesa Land Trust and Colorado Riverfront Foundation last night announced the acquisition of a critical section of trail right-of-way along the Colorado River east of 32 Road. The right-of-way runs along ¾ of a mile of river frontage and will become a key portion of the trail extending east from Corn Lake State Park to Palisade. No date has been set for trail construction, and the property will not be open to the public until ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: The Shavano Valley Rock Art Site

By Alecia Phillips, Former BCRLT ED

Earlier in 2014, Black Canyon Regional Land Trust partnered with The Archeological Conservancy (TAC) to place the Shavano Valley Rock Art Site into conservation – an important step in the perpetual protection and management of this superb cultural site west of Montrose.

The 42-acre parcel contains extensive Archaic through historic Ute period (1000 BC – 1900 AD) petroglyphs, and has been at the center of western Colorado rock art research since the early 20th century. TAC ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Choosing Conservation (2001)

Original story and photo by Leigh Fortson.

“I wouldn’t be a very good neighbor if I had to live in a subdivision,” Dixie Williams admits as she gazes over the 200 acres of ranchland that her father bought when she was a child, some eighty years ago. “I’d still loan you a cup of flour, but I’m grateful that I don’t have to and can keep things the way they are.”

Dixie’s western family heritage spans back generations. Her grandparents traveled with Brigham ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Bonnie Brook Vineyards Donates Largest Easement on East Orchard Mesa (Fall 2000 Newsletter)

Colorado natives S.J. (Arch) and Bonnie Archuleta wanted to preserve their farmland on East Orchard Mesa for future generations, and also to provide a new land-use planning model for residential development in the community. In an attempt to preserve the scenic and agricultural character of the land, and to accommodate the valley’s growing population, the Archuletas placed an agricultural conservation easement on nearly 80 acres of their property – preserving in perpetuity the future site of Bonnie Brook Vineyards and ...

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Temporary Office Closure: Work continues, staff will be available

In light of the ongoing and rapidly changing news regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Colorado West Land Trust offices in both Grand Junction and Montrose will be closed beginning Monday, March 16th to ensure the health and safety of our staff, board members, and community. We remain dedicated to carrying out our mission, and staff will be working remotely and available for assistance.

If you call our office at 970-263-5443, a menu will direct you to each of our staff members’ voicemail, ...

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Funding secured for key parcel in next phase of Monument Connector Trail

The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, March 14th, 2020–

The Colorado West Land Trust, in partnership with the city of Grand Junction and the Bureau of Land Management, has received funding for a critical land purchase that will make continuing its paved path along Monument Road possible.

This week, Great Outdoors Colorado announced a $156,920 Local Park and Outdoor Recreation grant to go toward purchasing about 20 acres of land near the intersection of Monument Road and South Camp Road.

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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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Have you heard the news?

If you are expecting a Colorado state income tax refund you will now have the opportunity to donate all or part of your refund to any registered Colorado non-profit organization!

The new program, promoted through the ReFUND CO awareness initiative, lets you choose where your donation goes. All you have to do is:

  1. Decide how much of your state income tax refund to donate (all or a portion)
  2. Enter Colorado West Land Trust or our legal name Mesa County Land Conservancy, Inc. ...
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