$1,689,832.29 Raised


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 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!

John and Katharine Achziger
Diann Admire
Alpine Bank
Lee & Kay Ambrose
American Farmland Trust
CWLT Anonymous
Drew Armstrong and Tina-Elliott-Armstrong
Aspen Park Investment Co, LLC
Leah Audin
Betty Bechtel
Virginia Beemer
Bruce and Vicki Benge
Rob Bleiberg and Sheri Covey
David and Ann Brach
Charles and Robbie Breaux
David and Suellen Brennan
Susan Brown
Robert and Holly Brownson
Bernie and Mary Beth Buescher
Joe and Melissa Burns
Mary Buss
Christain and Beth Buys
George and Judy Callison
Michael Cammann
Mary and Parker Carlson
Jerry and Sandra Carosella
Janelle Carsten
Barbara and Ed Chamberlin
Pamela and Malcolm Childers
The Christi Reece Group
Debe Colby
Becky and Daren Cole
Karen Combs and Lynn Wegener
Kathleen Conway and Patrick Green
Sandie Cooper and David Hull
Michael Cote and Yvonne Finch
Kate Denning
Matthew Diers
WCCF Bruce Dixson Fund
Dusty Dunbar and Steve Bolton
Clare DuPont
Liz Elam and Robert Johnson
Suzi Evans
Zach and Laken Eyler
Margery and Norman Fillinger
William and Jane Findlay
Gary and Molly Fitzpatrick
Jenn Flentge
Rebecca Frank and George Orbanek
Lyn Fraser
Kim Gage
Raul Gallardo
George and Gayle Gerson
Dennis and Ruth Ann Ghiglia
Judy Goodhart
Craig Goodknight and Laura Young
Ruth Gormley
Mary Grande
Denny and Cindy Granum
Daryl and Kristi Haan

Janice Harshman
Mandy Harter
Barbara Hartshorn
Janet Haw and Richard Brodale
Will and Shawn Hays
Kathleen Hedlund
Mark and Sara Hermundstad and Family
Linda and Craig Hill
Joyce Hofman
Jim Hohenstein
Judith and Wayne Hopper
Ann Hughes, Pat Hubbard, and Erin Hubbard
Mary and Paul Hughes
John and Kathy Hurt
Larry and Erna Kay Ingram
Laurie Iversen
Duane and Beverly Johnson
Elaine Johnson-Craig and Dan Craig
Doug and Laura Johnston
Larry Jones
Dave and Becky Karisny
Gregg and Kristine Kampf
Linda and Ray Kelley
Piera Kllanxhja
Edwin Krebs
Robert Kurtz
Land Trust Alliance
Danni Langdon and Carl Jacobson
Helen Love and Arvid Koppang
Karen and Mark Madsen
April Marlow
Lori Maser-Jones
Steve and Ruby McCall
Chuck and Kendra McDaniel
Byron and Tina McNew
Mike and Blakely Mechau
Neil and Linda Mendenhall
William Meyer
Bill and Ginger Mitchell
John and Julie Moir
Bob and Juanita Moston
Chris Muhr
Bob Murphy
Will Murray
Jan Muyskens
Jim and Sue Nall
Alexander and Tanya Nees
Kathleen Nelson
Lyle Nichols and Dorothy Espe
Gordon Nicholson and Lay Chin Chew-Nicholson
Brian and Joyce Olson
Barbara Patten
Dan and Carol Patten
Donna Patterson
Karen Plessinger
James and Molly Porter
Patricia Powell
James Prochnik

Wanda Wray Putnam
Toni Ray and Jim Cox
Mel and Maurine Rettig
Earl and Cindy Rhodes
Gudrun Rice and Charles Kerr
Lynette Richardson and David Mayer
Janine and Kirk Rider
Lindsey and Kent Rider
Michael Risner
Ed Rosenberg
Brenda and Kevin Sabo
Susan Sayers
Sherry Schenk
Howard Schiff and Cynthia Turner
Kenneth Scissors and Mary Thom
William and Carol Scott
Clee and Mary Sealing
Mike and Jean Sewell
Roger and Rita Shenkel
Janice Shepherd
Anne Sievers
William and Jeanne Sisson
Chandler Smith
Steve Smith
Verne and Diana Smith
The Spydell Family
Thelma Starner
Gary and Deborah Stetler
Tamara Stevens and Todd Rubano
Max and Vicki Stites
Ken and Rebecca Storck
Leota Sweetman-McPeek
Karen Swigart
Polly Tackett
Rick and Deanna Taggart
Gaynelle Tellman
Sandra Tinsman and Ben Herman
Larry and Tracy Traubel
Christine Tuthill
Laurian Unnevehr and Gerald Nelson
Peter and Donna Valenti
Louis Villaire and John Axthhelm
Jean Waid and Jerry Fuxa
Charles Wanebo
Walton Family Foundation
Ken Watkins
Lenna and Stephan Watson
Mary Watson Seybold
Beth and Dan Watts
Ann Werner
Wayne Westerson and Alberta Husch
Donna Williams
Seth and Amie Wilsey
Nancy and Robert Wilson
Arlena Wood
Dave and Mary Wood
Poppy Woody
Susan Yeager