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Thursday, 10 August 2017 00:00

CSU study finds conservation pays its way

Here in southern Colorado, we value our wild and working open spaces, productive agricultural lands, wildlife habitat and scenic open spaces for what they bring to our quality of life. Many of us are here because of the beauty and because the valley offers a quiet escape from the rapidly developing cities of Colorado and beyond.

Colorado’s spending on land conservation returns far more than pretty views, according to a recently released study. It provides a solid foundation for the state’s economic future.


San Isabel Land Protection Trust remains engaged in western Fremont County, advocating for the agricultural use of water and ranchland preservation. Toward this end, the Gates Family Foundation has awarded San Isabel $210,000 toward purchasing water rights and a conservation easement on the Maverick Ranch, located along the Arkansas River five miles downstream from Salida.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017 00:00

Challenges spring from many directions

Greetings as spring speeds toward summer here in the Sangres! May snows and rains left the fields an emerald green, helping a year that's been nothing if not unpredictable. No snow in March! And no new land protected to report.

San Isabel Land Protection Trust  — with your help — has drafted a new three-year strategic plan that will take us to 2020. 

Young people from across south central Colorado will work to reduce fire risk and treat invasive weeds on Duckett Creek Ranch, a protected ranch on the eastern flank of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains near Westcliffe.



A month after firefighters contained the fast-moving Junkins Fire, San Isabel Land Protection Trust is engaging with landowners and agency partners to assess damage, establish a recovery plan and connect landowners with much-needed resources.



Wednesday, 30 November 2016 00:00

San Isabel names new development director

San Isabel welcomes Janet Smith of Westcliffe as our new director of development.




Your support of San Isabel Land Protection Trust shows you care about land, water and wildlife. We hope you will do even more to safeguard our shared legacy. Support San Isabel tomorrow on Colorado Gives Day! Double matching funds are available to make your gift go the extra mile. 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016 00:00

The Art of Ranches

We hope you will join us September 24 for our 20th annual Art for the Sangres fundraiser. The event is a celebration of beauty – art, land and community. The setting: A Painted View Ranch, three miles outside Westcliffe in the stunning Wet Mountain Valley. It could not be more aptly named for the occasion.


Wednesday, 29 April 2015 00:00

The Next 20 Years

This year San Isabel Land Protection Trust celebrates its 20th birthday. Two decades is quite an accomplishment for a small organization with big ambitions. Paradoxically, the success of San Isabel and other land trusts is defined as much by what doesn’t happen, as what does.

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