40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Section of Riverfront Trail Acquired on Conserved Property (2006 Reprint)

(Press Release Reprint: Sept. 2006)–The Mesa Land Trust and Colorado Riverfront Foundation last night announced the acquisition of a critical section of trail right-of-way along the Colorado River east of 32 Road. The right-of-way runs along ¾ of a mile of river frontage and will become a key portion of the trail extending east from Corn Lake State Park to Palisade. No date has been set for trail construction, and the property will not be open to the public until ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: The Shavano Valley Rock Art Site

By Alecia Phillips, Former BCRLT ED

Earlier in 2014, Black Canyon Regional Land Trust partnered with The Archeological Conservancy (TAC) to place the Shavano Valley Rock Art Site into conservation – an important step in the perpetual protection and management of this superb cultural site west of Montrose.

The 42-acre parcel contains extensive Archaic through historic Ute period (1000 BC – 1900 AD) petroglyphs, and has been at the center of western Colorado rock art research since the early 20th century. TAC ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Choosing Conservation (2001)

Original story and photo by Leigh Fortson.

“I wouldn’t be a very good neighbor if I had to live in a subdivision,” Dixie Williams admits as she gazes over the 200 acres of ranchland that her father bought when she was a child, some eighty years ago. “I’d still loan you a cup of flour, but I’m grateful that I don’t have to and can keep things the way they are.”

Dixie’s western family heritage spans back generations. Her grandparents traveled with Brigham ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Bonnie Brook Vineyards Donates Largest Easement on East Orchard Mesa (Fall 2000 Newsletter)

Colorado natives S.J. (Arch) and Bonnie Archuleta wanted to preserve their farmland on East Orchard Mesa for future generations, and also to provide a new land-use planning model for residential development in the community. In an attempt to preserve the scenic and agricultural character of the land, and to accommodate the valley’s growing population, the Archuletas placed an agricultural conservation easement on nearly 80 acres of their property – preserving in perpetuity the future site of Bonnie Brook Vineyards and ...

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Work continues, staff will be available

As the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues and Mesa County prepares to move from Safer at Home Phase 2 to Protect Our Neighbors, Colorado West Land Trust remains open. However, to ensure the health and safety of our staff, board members, and visitors, we are doing business a little differently.

The Land Trust staff continue to work remotely and are available to help you during regular work hours. They may be reached via email or at (970) 263-5443. Please leave ...

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Funding secured for key parcel in next phase of Monument Connector Trail

The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, March 14th, 2020–

The Colorado West Land Trust, in partnership with the city of Grand Junction and the Bureau of Land Management, has received funding for a critical land purchase that will make continuing its paved path along Monument Road possible.

This week, Great Outdoors Colorado announced a $156,920 Local Park and Outdoor Recreation grant to go toward purchasing about 20 acres of land near the intersection of Monument Road and South Camp Road.

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Glade Park conservation protects habitat, ranch uses

The Daily Sentinel of Grand Junction, February 5, 2020—

Critical land used by deer and elk, as well as a working ranch on Glade Park will all be protected under a newly announced Colorado West Land Trust conservation agreement.

“It’s an incredible property,” Colorado West Land Trust Director of Conservation Ilana Moir said. “It has a multitude of conservation values. It has working ranch land, wildlife habitat, potential for Gunnison sage grouse habitat, incredible views and its part of the ...

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Have you heard the news?

If you are expecting a Colorado state income tax refund you will now have the opportunity to donate all or part of your refund to any registered Colorado non-profit organization!

The new program, promoted through the ReFUND CO awareness initiative, lets you choose where your donation goes. All you have to do is:

  1. Decide how much of your state income tax refund to donate (all or a portion)
  2. Enter Colorado West Land Trust or our legal name Mesa County Land Conservancy, Inc. ...
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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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