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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Native Seeds Helping to Restore Ecosystems Around Local Trail

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, July 17, 2023-

A new seed collection and propagation program along the Monument Connector Trail in Grand Junction is providing more native plants at a lower cost to help restore the ecosystem around the trail.

The program, which started last fall, is a collaborative effort between the Colorado West Land Trust’s Monument Stewards group and the city of Grand Junction.

Volunteers, with direction from the city’s horticulture staff, helped collect seed that is now being grown into seedlings by ...

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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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CWLT staff in new Montrose office board room .

Downtown digs for land trust

Montrose Daily Press, May 23, 2023- Colorado West Land Trust has opened a new office in Montrose, at 7 Townsend Ave.

This office is an expansion from CWLT’s main office in Grand Junction and signifies the organization’s commitment to conserving agricultural land, wildlife habitat, and scenic open space across western Colorado.

Since its inception in 1980 as Mesa Land Trust, which later merged with Black Canyon Regional Land Trust to form CWLT, the organization has created more than 600 conservation agreements in ...

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Attendees enjoying annual picnic with Mount Garfield backdrop

Successful Annual Picnic on a Conserved Property!

We were thrilled to host our annual picnic on a conserved property! This was the first picnic we’ve held in over four years, and it was an incredible opportunity for us to gather and celebrate our shared commitment to conservation. We had a fantastic turnout, and everyone enjoyed a day filled with great food, conversations, and incredible views of the land.

It was heartwarming to see our community come together after such a long time and share in the joy of ...

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Fields in Mack preserved to protect wildlife, water

KKCO, March 1, 2023 – The Colorado West Land Trust has added just over 300 acres of land in Mack to the tens of thousands it already protects in Mesa County.

Landowner Jim McCurter says the wildlife habitat and water rights are worth conserving for future generations.

Conservation easements, or land agreements, are set up and monitored by non-profits like Colorado West Land Trust, and specifically state no subdividing or development of certain land can ever be done once the land trust ...

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Colorado West Land Trust awarded $87K GOCO grant for conservation planning

The Montrose Daily Press, March 24, 2023– The Great Outdoors Colorado board awarded $87,000 to Colorado West Land Trust on Friday to develop a plan to steward its conservation easement portfolio that stretches across six Western Slope counties: Delta, Gunnison, Mesa, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel.

The grant is part of Great Outdoors Colorado’s Planning and Capacity program, which invests in projects that address opportunities, explore issues, engage communities, and examine trends in the outdoors.

Great Outdoors Colorado has invested more than ...

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2022 Annual Report

Another year has gone by and we are excited to share with you some highlights from 2022.  We are proud of the land trust’s success in continuing to conserve some of the most beautiful and valuable lands in Western Colorado.

In this report we highlight two of our newly conserved properties, volunteer and restoration work, and information about the final phase of the Monument Trails that aids in connecting the community to the outdoors.

We are driven to protect the character of ...

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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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Monument Stewards Help Prepare Seeds

This week the Monument Stewards, a group of regular volunteers, joined the City of Grand Junction to prepare seeds for the growing season. Volunteers collected these seeds last year and they needed to be cleaned and prepared before planting. The seeds will be housed and grown in the City’s greenhouses and later planted by volunteers in the spring in areas disturbed by the construction of the next phase of the Monument Trail. Thank you to all the volunteers’ continued involvement ...

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