2019 Annual Report

Another year has flown by! 2019 has been a busy, fruitful year. We have to catch our breath occasionally as we list the projects the land trust has undertaken. Our commitments to a large geographic area, a variety of projects, and a host of conservation partners keep us both challenged and excited. We are proud of the land trust’s success in continuing to conserve some of the most beautiful and valuable lands in Western Colorado. 

Two of our newly conserved ...

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A donation from a local resident has allowed Colorado West Land Trust to secure a key 16-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Monument and South Camp roads. They are calling the property Jurassic Flats, and a lease with the city to maintain the property means it will continue to be protected as open space. Photo special to the Sentinel / Robb Reece

Land acquisition aims to boost trail network near lunch loops

The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, November 21,2019 — There’s lots of anticipation for the new paved path up Monument Road that soon will connect the prized Lunch Loops trail head with the rest of the city’s path network.

But a recently announced acquisition by the Colorado West Land Trust sets the stage for a paved path up the corridor nearly all the way to Colorado National Monument.

Grand Junction City Council on Wednesday signed off on a lease agreement with the conservation ...

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Land Trust Conserves 2,400+ Acres

Delta County Independent, February 6, 2019 — Colorado West Land Trust ended 2018 on a high note. During the last week of the year, the Land Trust completed conservation projects totaling 2,427 acres in Delta and Mesa counties. These properties represent some of the region’s finest ranch land and wildlife habitat. 

On Dec. 27, Jeremy and Candice Fouts conserved their 1,707-acre ranch in Delta County. “We [originally] bought this property to make a deliberate lifestyle change and to do something ...

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Colorado West Land Trust to Lead Campaign to Fund Lunch Loop Trailhead Improvement

Help construct shade shelters for the Lunch Loop trailhead and continued work along the Monument Corridor!

Join the Monument Mile campaign to raise funds for THRILL! (Trailhead Redesign and Improvements to Lunch Loop) and the next phase of construction for the paved trail that will connect the Lunch Loop Trailhead to the South Camp paved trail and the Redlands neighborhoods.

In 2017, Colorado West Land Trust, the City of Grand Junction, Mesa County, and the Bureau of Land Management partnered to gather ...

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Colorado the Beautiful Grant Award for Lunch Loop Connector Trail

GRAND JUNCTION, CO   November 28, 2018 – The City of Grand Junction and Colorado West Land Trust are thrilled to announce that the recent $400,000 award from the Colorado Department of Parks and Wildlife brings the fundraising effort to construct the Lunch Loop Connector Trail to the finish line.  This $2.5 million project will link some of the Grand Valley’s most popular amenities and neighborhoods to the world renown and community favorite Lunch Loop and Three Sisters trail system. With ...

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Ensuring the Future of Farming

In 1979, Rob and Clare Talbott purchased their first orchard in Palisade, with the hope of relocating from Golden to farm full time. Four decades later, they’ve not only achieved their goal, they’ve also helped ensure that others can follow their footsteps.

“It was working for my cousin, Harry Talbott, in 1979 that got me interested in orchards,” Rob Talbott said.

Gradually Rob and Clare added additional parcels to their C & R Farms, allowing them to move to the ...

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Treasure in the West Elk Mountains

In 1912, Alec McLeod homesteaded a beautiful property on Black Mesa, high above the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. A century later, his great-grandson, Tom McLeod, along with his sons, Custer and Levi, carry on the family heritage. They still own and operate Homestead Ranch, which lies along the West Elk & Historic Scenic Byway.

In 2011, the McLeod family protected the original 1,683-acre Homestead Ranch property with a conservation agreement that would forever protect the unmatched views and important habitat. Five years later the McLeods had the opportunity to purchase an ...

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A Year in Reflection

Recently, we published inserts in newspapers across the Western Slope to share some of the work we have accomplished in the past year. With generous support from our community, we have continued to conserve agricultural land, along with its rural heritage, wildlife habitat, recreational areas and scenic lands in western Colorado.

To read our 16-page insert that was published in the Daily Sentinel on Oct. 28, 2018, click here.

If you would like to read the insert published in the Montrose ...

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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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