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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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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Monument Road

Since 2010, the Mesa Land Trust has conserved almost 200 acres along Monument Road to add public open space to the popular Lunch Loop trail system, create a place for kid and family friendly trails,  protect views along the gateway to Colorado National Monument, and secure land for an off-road path that will connect the Riverfront Trail to the S. Camp paved paths.

Through two major fundraising efforts, the Mesa Land Trust raised $2.3 million to purchase the Three Sisters (130 ...

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Fruitlands Forever Initiative

The family farms surrounding Palisade in western Colorado’s Grand Valley constitute one of the state’s most productive and scenic agricultural landscapes.  With its unique micro-climate, prime soils, and senior Colorado River water rights, the area produces renowned peaches, outstanding wine grapes, and other orchard fruits that are an important economic driver for the region.  The area is an agricultural treasure for the state and is considered to be the best place to grow fruit not just in Colorado, but across ...

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Glade Park Initiative

The Glade Park Initiative is a long-term working partnership between Mesa Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy (TNC), an international conservation organization.  The Glade Park area, located about twenty miles southwest of Grand Junction, has been identified by both organizations as a biologically significant priority area.  The two organizations have agreed to combine resources in an organized effort to work closely together towards the realization of a shared vision for permanent protection of the natural and working landscape attributes that ...

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Mesa County Community Separator Project

The Mesa County Community Separator Project is an award-winning, public-private partnership that protects transition areas, or “buffer zones”, between the fast-growing communities of Grand Junction, Fruita, and Palisade.  Mesa Land Trust coordinates the conservation easement acquisition component of this project, working with project partners Mesa County, Fruita, Grand Junction, and Palisade to protect the high-quality farmland and wildlife habitat that exists in these areas.

The goal of this project is to prevent the Grand Valley from becoming an unbroken stream of ...

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