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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Purchase Palisade Peaches from Preserved Property

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 

C & R Farms                           Peaches available ...

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Unaweep Canyon Ranch Conserved

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 ...

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Mesa Land Trust & Others Host Community Stewardship Days

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 D4-11-15 051ay 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 ...

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Accreditation Renewal

A 34-year-old organization that’s conserved more than 64,000 acres of agricultural lands, open spaces and wildlife habitat in and around Mesa County has earned a national distinction for a second time.

The Mesa Land Trust in Grand Junction has received renewed accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance. The Mesa Land Trust first earned the accreditation in 2009.

Only 280 land trusts in the United States are accredited, which means they meet national standards ...

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