Staff Anniversaries

Three staff members recently reached impressive milestones that deserve recognition.

Last August, Ilana Moir celebrated her 15th year with the organization. Over the years, Ilana has become an expert at establishing new conservation projects with landowners, a complex process that furthers the core mission of the organization while also satisfying the goals of landowners and a myriad of local, state, and national funding priorities. She also serves on the Colorado Scenic & Historic Byways Commission as a representative for land trusts ...

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Colorado West Land Trust announces conservation of 1,200 acre ranch

The Daily Sentinel, January 26, 2021–Meek Ranch, which covers more than 1,200 acres along the West Elk Scenic and Historic Byway, has been conserved by the Colorado West Land Trust, it announced Monday.

The ranch is located on the western slope of the West Elk mountain range and includes pasture land for cattle, as well as mountain shrublands and woodland and more than two miles of riparian habitat.

This conservation will ensure the large open spaces, ranchland and habitat will never be ...

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Colorado West Land Trust, a pioneer in land conservation, turns 40

Photo by CHRISTOPHER TOMLINSON/The Daily Sentinel

Article by DAN WEST

The Daily Sentinel, December 30, 2020–Coming into the Grand Valley from the east, your first view is of acres and acres of orchards and vineyards spreading out to the west. It’s a familiar sight to residents and a taste of what this area has to offer to visitors.

One of ...

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You’re Invited to Help Us Celebrate 40 Years!


In case you missed the news, Colorado West Land Trust is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year! In January we had planned no less than six events to mark this milestone, but like everyone else, we’ve had to remain versatile. Instead of our usual fall open house, this year we have planned a few workshops on topics of interest and a virtual celebration complete with local wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages and a special dessert. Please see the information below ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: 2002 Annual Report, Letter from the Executive Director

What is your vision for our community twenty years from now?

At the Mesa Land Trust, our vision is really quite simple. Look around the community today. Notice the wildlife habitat along the Colorado River, the orchards & vineyards in the East Valley, the irrigated farmland north and west of Grand Junction.

See the landscape of working ranches and large blocks of habitat in Glade Park, Unaweep Canyon, or in Plateau Valley. Appreciate the undeveloped lands that separate the Grand Valley’s municipalities. ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Land Trust transfers Jurassic Flats open space to city

Sept. 10th Daily Sentinel, by Dan West

The 16-acre parcel of conserved open space called Jurassic Flats on the Redlands was officially transferred from the Colorado West Land Trust to the city of Grand Junction last week.

The parcel at the northwest corner of Monument and South Camp roads is used informally by hikers and was purchased by the Colorado West Land Trust last year. Last fall, the city signed a lease agreement for the parcel.

“Our parks and recreation system has many ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Looking Ahead, Three Sisters Park Acquisition (2011)

The Land Trust is excited to be working on a new kind of conservation project for the organization – Buying a property that will ultimately become a public park.

The 130 acre Three Sisters property offers a rare opportunity to acquire a strategic parcel that will improve access to an extremely popular non-motorized trail system, protect a scenic corridor leading to the Colorado National Monument, and provide recreational and environmental education opportunities

Bordered by BLM and City of Grand Junction land, Three ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Mesa Land Trust Earns National Recognition

GRAND JUNCTION, CO–Mesa Land Trust will publicly announce its recent accreditation award at a press event on Tuesday April 7, 2009 at 12:30 pm. The media is invited to attend for news coverage and photos.

In becoming accredited, Mesa Land Trust joins the ranks of just 53 other conservation trusts nationwide that have attained this honor. Awarded by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission based in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., accreditation is limited to groups that meet national standards for excellence, uphold the ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: the Land Trust’s 25th Anniversary

The beginning

In 1980, the Mesa Land Trust was founded by local landowners concerned about heightened development pressures presented by the oil-shale boom. John and Doris Butler, Harry Talbott, Blaine Derrick and Herman Allmaras spent many hours around the Butler’s coffee table forming and guiding the organization. The Land Trust began its work by preserving several small orchards on East Orchard Mesa and received its first three conservation easements in 1982.

The Land Trust was one of the nation’s first agricultural land ...

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40 Stories in 40 Weeks: Driggs Mansion Property Conserved

Reprinted from a Mesa Land Trust Newsletter in 2007

A conservation agreement between John Hendricks and the Mesa Land Trust provides permanent protection for a key parcel in the heart of Unaweep Canyon. Sitting at the base of the 1,200 foot outcrop known as Thimble Rock, and including the iconic Driggs Mansion ruins, the Gil Meadows conservation easement preserves 114 acres along the Unaweep/Tabeguache Scenic Byway.

The conservation agreement prohibits non-agricultural commercial or residential development of the property and allows the land ...

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