On the Move at San Isabel

San Isabel extends a big thank you to Vic Barnes for nearly two decades of service on our board of directors, most recently as vice president. Vic had served on San Isabel's board since 1998. We’re happy to report Vic will continue to serve on San Isabel’s Land Preservation Committee, keeping his expertise and experience at the table. Thanks, Vic, for 19 years of board service!

Joining the San Isabel board are Kristie Nackord, San Isabel’s former development director, and attorney Chris Skagen.

Kristie, who is originally from northern California, moved to the Wet Mountain Valley in August 2006 and now lives in western Fremont County. She is the chief communicator of Infinite Moon Communications and works with land trusts across the West helping them to protect our open spaces and beautiful places, water and wildlife habitat.

Kristie received her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Sonoma State University and fuses decades of business development experience with expertise in strategic communications, outreach, fundraising and community engagement. She is a founding board member of the Coaldale Alliance, a nonprofit group giving voice to Coaldale residents on the sale of the CB Ranch to Security Water District. When she’s not talking land and water, Kristie can be found outside with her horses and a few dogs, in the garden or at the river.

Chris grew up in Colorado with a passion for the outdoors. He is the CEO of Strategic Resources Group, a Denver-based health-care consulting firm that specializes in nonprofit management and governance, lobbying, strategic planning and fundraising.

Chris also maintains a solo practitioner law firm that focuses on environmental, nonprofit, business and health-care law. He is a member of the Water Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Chris received a bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University and his law degree and master’s degree in Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

Chris and his 3-year-old son, Ronen, call Salida home. In his free time, Chris enjoys telemark skiing, mountain biking and fly-fishing.

Janet Smith

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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.