Local nonprofit organization restores native plant species to the Grand Valley

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KREX) — Volunteers have been hard at work restoring native plant species all over the western slope. The Monument Stewards program, a collaborative effort led by Colorado West Land Trust and the City of Grand Junction, took to the popular hike-and-bike Lunch Loop trailhead this Wednesday to harvest seeds from native plants. Their goal ...

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Native Seeds Helping to Restore Ecosystems Around Local Trail

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, July 17, 2023-

A new seed collection and propagation program along the Monument Connector Trail in Grand Junction is providing more native plants at a lower cost to help restore the ecosystem around the trail.

The program, which started last fall, is a collaborative effort between the Colorado West Land Trust’s Monument Stewards group and the city of Grand Junction.

Volunteers, with direction from the city’s horticulture staff, helped collect seed that is now being grown into seedlings by ...

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CWLT staff hiking trail through conserved property

Redlands property conservation preserves trail access

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, June 9, 2023- Public access to trails on 27 acres of land in the Redlands will be preserved after the property owners worked with Colorado West Land Trust to conserve the land.

The property is located between The Ridges and Redlands 360 development and includes trails that are accessible to walkers, cyclists and dog owners, which interconnect with adjacent communities, creating outdoor recreational opportunities in the area, according to a press release from Colorado West Land Trust.

Greg ...

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Enhancing Access and Experiences along the Gunnison River

This week, the Colorado West Land Trust, Delta County, and the Western Slope Conservation Center led a group to tour the site of a new project they are partnering on to provide a new boat ramp, supporting infrastructure, shoreline access, and a wildlife habitat area on a conserved property along the Gunnison River.

These three groups recognized the potential beneath the vacant, unmaintained parcel ...

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A decade of work pays off

The Daily Sentinel, June 15, 2022—The recent news that Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded $500,000 to complete phase two of the Monument Connector Trail is a major win for the community.

The 1.5-mile trail will go from the Lunch Loops trail head to the Jurassic Flats trail head off South Camp Road, according to reporting by The Daily Sentinel’s Sam Klomhaus.

“It’s going to connect a lot of the most important outdoor spaces we have,” Parks and Recreation Director ...

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County cuts Christmas tree for a good cause

The Daily Sentinel, December 7, 2021—A collaborative effort between landowners and partnering agencies has given many the opportunity to cut a Christmas tree on private land in the Glade Park Area.

On Dec. 2, Mesa County cut its Christmas tree from the conserved Ladder Canyon Ranch. The county’s tree-cutting event was part of a larger, multi-year effort by Colorado West Land Trust and the owners of Ladder Canyon Ranch to reduce wildfire risk, improve wildlife habitat, connect kids to nature, and ...

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Monument Stewards volunteers support native vegetation along connector trail

The Daily Sentinel, September 9, 2021—When the Monument Connector Trail was completed in early 2020, there were plans to support the paved path from the riverfront to the Lunch Loops Trailhead with a group of volunteers. Then COVID-19 hit.

Libby Collins, Western Colorado Land Trust [sic] project manager, said at first they had to shut down volunteer programs, but the Monument Stewards, the group’s name, were able to figure out a way to get the plans back on track.

“The pandemic hit, ...

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Colorado West Land Trust to Lead Campaign to Fund Lunch Loop Trailhead Improvement

Help construct shade shelters for the Lunch Loop trailhead and continued work along the Monument Corridor!

Join the Monument Mile campaign to raise funds for THRILL! (Trailhead Redesign and Improvements to Lunch Loop) and the next phase of construction for the paved trail that will connect the Lunch Loop Trailhead to the South Camp paved trail and the Redlands neighborhoods.

In 2017, Colorado West Land Trust, the City of Grand Junction, Mesa County, and the Bureau of Land Management partnered to ...

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