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 ...

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Ed and Barb Chamberlin

A Conservation Legacy

By Sharon Sullivan

Ed Chamberlin grew up in San Jose, California in the middle of a cherry orchard that he walked through daily to get to school. Nowadays, when he visits the city he says you can’t find a cherry tree.

“It used to be a rich agricultural area – now it’s wall to wall development – the entire valley. It broke my heart. It was a beautiful area,” Chamberlin said. “That could happen here,” if not for the work of our ...

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Palisade peach field

Colorado West Land Trust nears a long-term goal

Palisade peach field

Thank you to the Daily Sentinel for the following article:

As the Colorado West Land Trust nears a long-term goal of preserving 1,000 acres of farmland in Palisade, a new 22-acre conservation easement of peach and apricot orchards is moving the needle that much closer.

Rob and Clare Talbott of C&R Farms have previously conserved 59 acres of orchards through the land trust, and Director of Conservation Ilana Moir said she was happy to ...

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Harry Talbot

Harry Talbot Induction Ceremony

Harry Talbot was inducted into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame

Watch the live stream video here:

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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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