Aerial Monitoring With Partner, LightHawk

The stewardship responsibility of Colorado West Land Trust, the partnership between Mesa Land Trust and Black Canyon Regional Land Trust, is an enormous undertaking. Between the two organizations there are 543 separate conservation easements covering over 120,000 acres across the service area that must be monitored each year by staff members, volunteers and contractors.

Annual monitoring visits and the related hours spent entering information and compiling reports takes the CWLT staff thousands of hours each year. To make the ...

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Ed and Barb Chamberlin

A Conservation Legacy

By Sharon Sullivan

Ed Chamberlin grew up in San Jose, California in the middle of a cherry orchard that he walked through daily to get to school. Nowadays, when he visits the city he says you can’t find a cherry tree.

“It used to be a rich agricultural area – now it’s wall to wall development – the entire valley. It broke my heart. It was a beautiful area,” Chamberlin said. “That could happen here,” if not for the work of our ...

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Palisade peach field

Colorado West Land Trust nears a long-term goal

Thank you to the Daily Sentinel for the following article:

As the Colorado West Land Trust nears a long-term goal of preserving 1,000 acres of farmland in Palisade, a new 22-acre conservation easement of peach and apricot orchards is moving the needle that much closer.

Rob and Clare Talbott of C&R Farms have previously conserved 59 acres of orchards through the land trust, and Director of Conservation Ilana Moir said she was happy to hear the Talbotts wanted to do it again.

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Harry Talbot

Harry Talbot Induction Ceremony

Harry Talbot was inducted into the Colorado Agriculture Hall of Fame

Watch the live stream video here:

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Land Conservation

Colorado West Land Trust: A collaborative effort to better serve the region

By Sharon Sullivan

With the goal of increasing the pace, quality and permanence of conservation in western Colorado, Mesa Land Trust and Montrose-based Black Canyon Regional Land Trust are entering into an innovative partnership to better serve the region.

The two land trusts are consolidating operations with the creation of Colorado West Land Trust. This umbrella organization will serve a region that spans the Book Cliffs to the San Juan mountains, from the Colorado-Utah border to Blue Mesa Reservoir on the Gunnison ...

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Mt Garfield Colorado

Connecting Community, Experiencing the Land

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. ...

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Public Meeting at City Hall

The Mesa Land Trust and its partners are completing a year long public process that has incorporated input from focus groups and meetings into actual renderings, planning, and funding strategies to enhance the visitor/trail user experience along the Monument Corridor.
Join us next Wednesday evening, October 11th at City Hall.  5:30 – 7:30 pm.
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$1.5 Million GOCO Award to Fund Path Construction

Last week, Great Outdoors Colorado approved a $1.5 million grant to the City of Grand Junction and the Mesa Land Trust to construct a paved shared use path that will connect the Riverfront Trail to the Lunch Loop trailhead. The total cost to construct this path is $2.5 million and the City and the Mesa Land Trust are now working to raise the remaining funds.


Mesa County is also a strategic partner, providing a significant contribution and staff support through Mesa ...
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Zinfandel, Palisade

Conservation easements: Investing from the ground up

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 ...

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