Why I Give

We'd like to introduce you to Michael Banz and Kathy Blaha, long-time friends and members of San Isabel Land Protection Trust and founding members of our Evergreen Giving Club. We recently asked them why they give to San Isabel. Below are there answers.

Kathy  Mike

Why do you give to San Isabel?

One of our passions is the Wet Mountain Valley. We live part-time in the Wets and every summer, we hike, bike and get around to just about every corner of it. We appreciate and enjoy the fact that properties in our valley have multiple purposes – from ranchland to recreation destinations to wildlife habitat. The land trust manages that balance of purpose with an approach that meets private landowners’ goals and public conservation goals. It protects our views, wildlife and water while keeping farm and ranchland working.

Why did you decide to become an Evergreen Giving Club Member?

It was important to us to help ensure the work of the land trust by creating a stable source of funding to pay the staff and keep the lights on as they say, so they could focus more of their time on raising capital funds for land acquisition and stewardship.

What do you wish other people knew about San Isabel?

They’re a quietly effective team of staff and volunteers with expertise, good will and trustworthiness to preserve our quality of life – our way of life – and our scenic views and natural resources; its conservation leadership preserves an opportunity for all of us to connect with the land.

What would you tell someone who is thinking about giving to San Isabel?

Don’t stay on the sidelines! Be a part of a community of terrific, smart and fun people taking leadership to conserve the best of our valley for future generations.


Kristie Nackord

Posted in News


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

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