$1,477,964.89 Raised

82%

Double Your Impact With Match Challenge!

We’re excited to share that a generous supporter has stepped up to issue a matching challenge for the Forty Forever campaign. This means that every dollar you donate will be matched, doubling the impact of your gift, up to $15,000! Seize this incredible opportunity to amplify your support and become part of something truly impactful. Together, we can create a legacy that will benefit future generations because Western Colorado deserves forever.

Make a Forever Impact

Western Colorado finds itself at a time of great urgency. Warmer, drier conditions, development pressure, dramatic increases in recreational use, and drought place unprecedented pressure on our landscapes. However, this is also a time of great opportunity. Heightened awareness of the threats to our environment and massive public investments in conservation make this a time of extraordinary possibility.

Recognizing that it must step up to meet the moment, the Land Trust is launching the Forty Forever Campaign, a $1.8M effort to expand CWLT’s ability to serve the community and increase its impact. The campaign grew out of in-depth planning and represents an investment in Western Colorado’s future. Forty Forever will enable the Land Trust to seize opportunities and address urgent needs.

Your support will make a lasting impact across the region through investments in:

Land Conservation

There is greater landowner interest in protecting their property than any time in decades. From the Grand Valley to Red Mountain Pass, the flanks of the La Sal Mountains to Blue Mesa Reservoir, Your investment will help the Land Trust expand its ability to protect the West Slope’s most important wildlife habitat, farm and ranchland, scenic open space, and lands providing public access and outdoor recreation.

Restoration & Resilience

With over 131,000 conserved acres spanning seven counties, CWLT has a unique opportunity to improve habitat throughout the region and make an impact at scale. By working with landowners and partners, CWLT can help make the region’s lands and water healthier and more resilient. This work is more important than ever as warmer, drier conditions threaten the region’s habitat and communities.

Water

Water scarcity presents perhaps the greatest threat to the region. In response, CWLT is developing a comprehensive Water Strategy and Implementation Plan that will focus efforts on both new conservation acquisitions and restoration & resilience projects in areas already protected from development.

Community Connections

The Land Trust believes every community member should have easy access to nature. CWLT will acquire strategic parcels of land that expand access to outdoor recreation, work in partnership to develop trails that connect neighborhoods to public lands, and collaborate with others to engage youth and adults in stewardship of our natural resources. In Delta, the Land Trust will work with the County to create a new boat launch on the Gunnison River.

Organizational Readiness & Regional Capacity

The Land Trust is making critical investments in staffing, technology, and systems, all focused on increasing its ability to deliver results. New staff will be hired, a regional office opened in Montrose, technology will be acquired, and management systems will be improved. This infrastructure is essential to the organization’s ability to deliver on its mission.

Mail Check Donations To:

Colorado West Land Trust
Attn: Membership
1006 Main Street
Grand Junction, CO 81501

Additional Information:

Thank You to our Growing List of Forty Forever Supporters!

Diann Admire
Alpine Bank
American Farmland Trust
CWLT Anonymous
Rob Bleiberg and Sheri Covey
Robert and Holly Brownson
George and Judy Callison
Mary and Parker Carlson
Barbara and Ed Chamberlin
Pamela and Malcolm Childers
Karen Combs and Lynn Wegener
Sandie Cooper and David Hull
Michael Cote and Yvonne Finch
Kate Denning
WCCF Bruce Dixson Fund
Zach and Laken Eyler
Margery and Norman Fillinger
William and Jane Findlay

Rebecca Frank and George Orbanek
Lyn Fraser
George and Gayle Gerson
Ruth Gormley
Janice Harshman
Mandy Harter
Mark and Sara Hermundstad and Family
Mary and Paul Hughes
Larry Jones
Gregg and Kristine Kampf
Helen Love and Arvid Koppang
Karen and Mark Madsen
Neil and Linda Mendenhall
Bill and Ginger Mitchell
Will Murray
Jan Muyskens
Lyle Nichols and Dorothy Espe

Donna Patterson
James Prochnik
Wanda Wray Putnam
Gudrun Rice and Charles Kerr
Lynette Richardson and David Mayer
Janine and Kirk Rider
Lindsey and Kent Rider
Kenneth Scissors and Mary Thom
Mike and Jean Sewell
Roger and Rita Shenkel
The Spydell Family
Max and Vicki Stites
Larry and Tracy Traubel
Christine Tuthill
Laurian Unnevehr and Gerald Nelson
Peter and Donna Valenti
Nancy and Robert Wilson
Poppy Woody