Land trust names new staff and board members

Nick Jacobson

Lindsey Rider

Gwen Cameron

CJ Brafford

Garrett Portra






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 director of the Colorado Land Trust.

Jacobson will work out of Montrose on projects that protect the natural and working landscapes of Western Colorado. He holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and geography from Macalester College and has completed work and research in Africa, North America and South America.

Brafford serves as director of the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose and works to promote awareness and understanding of the Utes. 

Cameron is a second-generation grower with 38 acres of organic fruits at Rancho Durazno east of Palisade. She also works as a regional food coordinator with Hunger Free Colorado.

Portra operates Carlson Vineyards, a vineyard and winery in Palisade, as well as a peach orchard.

Rider works as environmental health and safety manager with Caerus Oil and Gas.

Colorado West Land Trust has preserved a total of more than 126,000 acres in Mesa County and five other Western Slope counties.

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