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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Colorado West Land Trust on KAFM Radio

December 31, 2022- KAFM Community Radio hosted Colorado West Land Trust on their Community Affairs show. Conservation Director, Ilana Moir, discussed conservation easements and the role they play in protecting land. Click below to listen to the segment.

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Log Hill landowners’ work cuts fire risk for neighbors

Montrose Daily Press, December 20, 2022— What happens when fire-hardening meets conservation? A win for the environment, property owners — and in the case of treatments on Log Hill Mesa, for dozens of neighbors, too.

The Montgomery family and their relatives, the Fick family, own 140 acres on the Mesa. The Ficks conserved the land with the Colorado West Land Trust, and Jay Montgomery was concerned with forest health, as well as fire.

As chronicled in a recent video ...

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GOCO board approves $387,900 in Mesa County grants

The Business Times, December 13, 2022 – Nearly $400,000 in grants will help fund natural resource stewardship, conservation and restoration efforts in Mesa County.

The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board of Directors awarded three grants worth a total of $387,900 for the projects.

A $300,000 grant to Mesa County Public Health, part of the GOCO stewardship impact program, will support a four-member Grand Valley Stewardship Crew for three years.

The crew will in turn support partner projects, ...

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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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Enhancing Access and Experiences along the Gunnison River

This week, the Colorado West Land Trust, Delta County, and the Western Slope Conservation Center led a group to tour the site of a new project they are partnering on to provide a new boat ramp, supporting infrastructure, shoreline access, and a wildlife habitat area on a conserved property along the Gunnison River.

These three groups recognized the potential beneath the vacant, unmaintained parcel ...

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