Study: Conservation easements benefit state

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 ...

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Native Grasses Project Needs Your Support

Native Grasses are valuable forage for wildlife, scenically beautiful, and essential for supporting soils. And, these grasses need help!

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 local native plant experts to develop appropriate methods to seed with native grasses that are indigenous to ...

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March Designated ‘Write a Will Month’ in Mesa County

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.         ...

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52 Acres of Vineyard and Views Protected

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 ...

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Mesa Land Trust Featured in Daily Sentinel

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 ...

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Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Inspire Partnership!

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 ...

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Time Machine Trail Build Day Video

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 ...

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Ruckman Farm Conserved for Future Generations

Mesa Land Trust is pleased to announce the conservation of the Ruckman Family peach farm in the Palisade Community Separator Area. This story is covered in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel here.

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 ...

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