Meet Kate!

San Isabel Land Protection Trust welcomes Kate Spinelli to the team as the new Stewardship Specialist, bringing the land trust to three, full-time staff members.


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Earning a Masters of Social Work in Community Advocacy & Planning from Washington University in St Louis, Kate has worked with people of diverse backgrounds and experience as a social worker. She joins San Isabel from her previous posts with Colorado Parks and Wildlife as a Naturalist and the Greater Arkansas River Nature Association where she expanded their ecological literacy programs in the Upper Arkansas Valley.

This new position will be fundamental to San Isabel’s long-term success by helping to maintain strong relationships with its core partners – private landowners. Kate is charged with growing our new stewardship services program which will include watershed restoration projects, as well as will be responsible for managing the land trust’s portfolio of 133 conservation easements that protect over 40,000 acres.

Kate shares, “I am grateful to live in the Wet Mountain Valley and with that comes my urgent wish to protect our pristine and beautiful valley including the watershed with its rich diversity of plants and wildlife. I recognize that this richness is not only of immeasurable value to all of us who live here and visit, but most significantly, is proof of the ecological health of this corridor which is becoming increasingly rare in our world.”

Come by and meet Kate on April 13th during Community Coffee hosted by San Isabel Land Protection Trust and the Custer County Chamber of Commerce from 9am – 10am at the land trust office: 59000 Hwy 69 North in Westcliffe or at one of the land trusts upcoming summer events. For more information: , 719.783.3018

Kristie Nackord

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We have protected more than 42,000 acres through 134 conservation easements.

Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection – through generations of landowners.