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. ...Continue Reading →
By Sharon Sullivan
Steve Ela moved his Ela Family Farms to the North Fork Valley years ago after subdivisions were built on three sides of his family’s Grand Junction farm where his great-grandfather rst planted an orchard in 1907. In 2003 and 2004, the Elas conserved their 100-acre Hotchkiss farm with the Black Canyon Regional Land Trust. “As ...Continue Reading →
From the GJ Daily Sentinel
By Tamera Minnick
Soils are vital to ecosystem health. In the U.S., we learned this the hard way in the 1930s Dust Bowl. Extreme drought was just one of the drivers of the Dust Bowl. The effects were magnified by economic, policy and land management decisions during the prior decade.
At the end of World War I, European agriculture was in disarray and American agriculture benefited. During a ...Continue Reading →
From the GJ Daily Sentinel
Despite some operational issues, the state’s conservation easement program has helped preserve millions of acres and provided billions of dollars in tax credits to Colorado residents, according to a new study.
The study, performed by researchers and professors at Colorado State University, was done to help state lawmakers understand the benefits the state has seen through its Conservation Easement Tax Credit Program, including matching grants provided by ...Continue Reading →
Many landowners in the Glade Park area are interested in restoring native plants and wildlife habitat on their properties. However, these grasses are challenging to grow on previously disturbed soils and seeds are often difficult to get and expensive to purchase.
The Land Trust is working with ...Continue Reading →
Write a Will Month Press Release
“Did anyone check under the mattress?”
When “someday” comes, how will your family know who gets all of your valuable stuff? Learn more from the experts as part of the first annual Mesa County “Write a Will Month” in March, when two free 90-minute workshops are scheduled at the Mesa County Public Library Community Room, Downtown Grand Junction:
Tuesday, March 14, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and Wednesday, March 29, 5:30- 7 p.m. ...Continue Reading →
Maxine Aubert spent her honeymoon as the camp cook for the family sheep ranching operation atop Pinyon Mesa, southwest ...
Mesa Land Trust is pleased to announce the conservation of the 52-acre Christianson Vineyard near Palisade. This spectacular property, bordered by Interstate 70 to the north and the Colorado River to the south, is the largest contiguous vineyard in the area. Conservation of the this wonderful agricultural land helps assure that the breathtaking views as you enter the Grand Valley from the east will remain in agriculture and natural habitat. Thanks to the Daily Sentinel for the great article!
From Grand Junction Daily ...Continue Reading →