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 →
Scope of protections has greatly evolved during the Mesa Land Trust’s 35 years
James and Laura Sanders admit they were naive when they decided to become Palisade peach farmers eight years ago.
James, who grew up in Fruita and worked in the energy business, had no previous experience in agriculture. Neither did Laura, who grew up in Denver and was in banking.
Nevertheless, in their late 20s, the Sanderses opted to shift gears ...Continue Reading →
Find out more about Project RIO (Recreation inspired by the Outdoors), a GOCO funded effort to get Orchard Mesa and Riverside Youth outdoors in their own backyard and in the back country!
Mesa Land Trust is pleased to partner with City of Grand Junction Parks & Rec, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, Mesa County Health Dept., Colorado Canyons Association, Riverside Education Center, Orchard Mesa’s Dos Rios Elementary and Middle School, Riverfront Commission, and other local communities and organizations. RIO is a community ...Continue Reading →
Above, Hilltop’s David Livingston meets with CMU’s Professor Tamara Minnick to discuss how to address erosion.
The “after” pic of the same stretch of eroded double track
Eroded section of old coal road to be reclaimed and nearby drainages will be restored to ...Continue Reading →
Community Celebrates the Land
On a nice Saturday in April 2015, over 120 volunteers came together on the Three Sisters property to build trail and restore native vegetation. Community… trail users, native vegetation experts, students, friends and family of Tim Sewell, Mesa Land Trust and COPMOBA supporters, and BLM staff. All ages, all sizes.
Mesa Land Trust and COPMOBA worked with Randy Miller and Mason Klebold of Vitality Films to create this short video about how collaboration achieves meaningful contributions to our ...Continue Reading →
Al Ruckman, the patriarch of this farming family spent most of his life traveling with his engineering career. When it came time to settle in one place, Al and his wife returned to the Western Slope and made their home in Palisade. After ...Continue Reading →
We’ve had folks ask where they could buy peaches that are locally grown on land conserved by Mesa Land Trust. In response we’ve put together a list of places where you can purchase Palisade peaches grown and other produce that are grown here in the Grand Valley on preserved property. If you know of others, please call us 263.5443 or email email@example.com
C & R Farms Peaches available ...Continue Reading →
We are very pleased to announce the conservation of the 780-acre West Creek Ranch in the heart of Unaweep Canyon. This gorgeous ranch runs along the Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway and contains over a mile of West Creek.
Landowner, Beeman Casto was born on the property and still ranches it with his wife Jessie (pictured above in photo by Josh Duplechain). Now their great-grand children help out on the ranch that has been in the family for 6 generations!
Thanks to Great Outdoors ...Continue Reading →
Mesa Land Trust, COPMOBA (Colorado Plateau Mountain Bike Trail Association), the BLM, and the Great Old Broads for the Wilderness hosted a fabulous Community Stewardship Day at Three Sisters on Saturday, April 11th.
Over 120 volunteers, ranging in age from 10 to 80 helped build a mile and a half of trail, restore native vegetation, clean up garbage, and feed the ...Continue Reading →