Janet Smith

Janet Smith

Connecting people to the land lies at the heart of the Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run, an outreach and fundraising event for the San Isabel Land Protection Trust.

Such connections are drawing acclaimed adventure athelete, coach and author Steve Ilg and his family to this year's event. The sixth annual Hardscrabble run takes place at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 2, on Bear Basin Ranch, a 3,400-acre protected ranch just east of Westcliffe.

 

San Isabel Land Protection Trust seeks a stewardship and outreach intern to contribute to its land conservation and stewardship mission this summer. Start date is May 5; end date is Aug. 5 (flexible). To learn more, click here.

 

Last summer's intern, Veronica Travers (third from right), on a bird outing at Music Meadows Ranch. 

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 (Photo ©2017 Greg Smith) 

 

San Isabel Land Protection Trust, in partnership with the Coaldale Alliance, is working to complete a precedent-setting agreement in the Upper Arkansas River Basin to ensure good stewardship of the CB Ranch following dry-up.

Monday, 26 February 2018 00:00

Tell us your story

 

There are as many reasons for giving as there are people who give.

What connects you to the land? Why is protecting our land, water and wildlife important to you?

Why do you give to San Isabel Land Protection Trust?

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Saturday, 20 January 2018 00:00

New trails group wants to hear from you

An important part of our mission at San Isabel Land Protection Trust is facilitating parks and trails in our communities.

Connected communities encourage new development in areas more conducive to growth, taking pressure off the agricultural and open lands that define our part of Colorado and enhance our quality of life. Protecting our scenic farm and ranch lands and open space is central to San Isabel’s overall mission.

That’s why we’re involved in the Custer County trails initiative, Trails for All.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:00

GOCO awards San Isabel two youth corps grants

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded two, $18,000 youth corps grants to San Isabel Land Protection Trust for work to be completed next summer.

Mile High Youth Corps crews will remove unhealthy trees to improve wildlife habitat and reduce wildfire risk on Music Meadows Ranch and carry out critical wildfire recovery work on a San Isabel conservation property burned in the 2016 Junkins Fire.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

Huckleberry Hills Ranch protected forever

Huckleberry Hills Ranch, a 500-acre agricultural property in southwestern Pueblo County outside Rye, has been protected forever by a conservation easement held by San Isabel Land Protection Trust.

 

Conservation leaders Randy and Claricy Rusk talk here about their ranching lives and why conservation is important to them, our landscape and our way of life. We need your help to carry on their legacy.

Join San Isabel Land Protection Trust today! 

 

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 00:00

Chris Skagen named interim executive director

San Isabel’s board of directors has named fellow board member Chris Skagen interim executive director.

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Kate Spinelli has been promoted to Stewardship Director at San Isabel.

The move emphasizes San Isabel’s commitment to working with landowners to protect and care for land and water in Huerfano, Custer, Fremont and Pueblo counties. The land trust aims to ensure the region remains a beautiful and wild landscape with a strong agricultural foundation and a vibrant, healthy community.

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