Land trust names new staff and board members






The Business Times, June 22, 2022—Nick Jacobson has joined the Colorado West Land Trust as the newest member of the conservation department of the Grand-Junction based organization.

CJ Brafford, Gwen Cameron, Garrett Portra and Lindsey Rider also joined the Colorado West Land Trust board of directors.

“We welcome Nick to the staff and Lindsey, Garrett, CJ and Gwen to the board. Their knowledge, skills and experience will help the land trust serve the community and advance its mission,” said Rob Bleiberg, executive ...

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Remembering Doris Butler

We are sad to share that a founder of the Land Trust, Doris Butler, passed away on September 20, 2021 at the age of 90.

Doris’s loss is felt by all who were fortunate to know her. Along with her husband John, Harry and Bonnie Talbott, and a few others, Doris helped form Mesa County Land Conservancy in 1980.

Last August, we recorded a conversation between Doris, John, Harry, Bonnie, and Rob Bleiberg as part of an oral history project. Near the ...

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Land Trust Adds to Conservation Department


The Business Times, June 15, 2021–David Varner and Alyssa Clarida have joined the Colorado West Land Trust to help staff and landowners with conversation efforts.

Based in Grand Junction, Varner works as a conservation specialist, helping staff and landowners design resource protection strategies that fit with existing uses while ensuring future viability.

Working out of Paonia, Clarida serves as a land steward, monitoring conserved properties and helping landowners improve natural resources.

“We are excited that Alyssa and David have joined the land trust ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Cordova Farm Protected in Fruita Buffer Zone (2003 Reprint)

Mesa Land Trust and the Mesa County Community Separator Area project are happy to announce the recent completion of their sixth conservation easement in the Grand Valley’s buffer zones.

In July, Betty Cordova placed a conservation easement covering her beautiful 39-acre farm on J Road in the Fruita Community Separator. The Cordova farm is currently planted in corn and is located adjacent to two other already-protected properties in the Fruita buffer zone, the Dixie Williams Ranch and the Basher horse farm. ...

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Work continues, staff will be available

As the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic continues and Mesa County prepares to move from Safer at Home Phase 2 to Protect Our Neighbors, Colorado West Land Trust remains open. However, to ensure the health and safety of our staff, board members, and visitors, we are doing business a little differently.

The Land Trust staff continue to work remotely and are available to help you during regular work hours. They may be reached via email or at (970) 263-5443. Please leave ...

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