Janet Smith

Janet Smith

Colorado Open Lands and San Isabel Land Protection Trust announced today they have merged operations, effective Dec. 31. The two nonprofit organizations share a mission – to permanently protect Colorado’s wild and working lands.

Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded $28,350 to San Isabel Land Protection Trust for wildfire recovery and mitigation work to be completed next fall.

Mile High Youth Corps crews will remove noxious weeds, plant saplings and thin overstocked forests on three protected properties in the Wet Mountains burned in the 2016 Junkins Fire.

San Isabel Land Protection Trust, the Trust for Public Land, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, Great Outdoors Colorado and the Natural Resources Conservation Service have partnered to protect the 2,727- acre Taylor-Oswald Ranch, a working ranch next to the Sangre de Cristo Wilderness in Fremont County.

Wednesday, 01 September 2021 08:59

San Isabel cites volunteers, announces campaign 

San Isabel Land Protection Trust honored key volunteers and announced a special fundraising campaign for a pending merger with Colorado Open Lands at Beer & Brats, our annual member appreciation event held Aug. 22.

Wednesday, 04 August 2021 12:49

Online auction of fine art, more ends Sunday

Fine art and fun experiences mark the San Isabel Land Protection Trust’s 2021 online auction to support conservation in southern Colorado.

Tuesday, 27 July 2021 10:09

San Isabel Online Auction


Sangre Summer Lights by Sarah Woods

Our online auction is back, and it's better than ever! This year, we're offering fine art and fun experiences to support conservation in southern Colorado.

The auction is open now and continues through 2 p.m. Aug. 22 and features nine outstanding artists, whose talents and hearts capture the essence of our magnificent landscapes and way of life. The fine art includes oil paintings, pencil, photography, woodworking, jewelry, pyrography and bronze sculpture.

Our special experiences include a botanical tour through the valley, music, theater, downhill skiing, a High Country garden tour, a Dark Skies vacation, as well as grass-fed and -finished beef and a ranch operations tour from one of the most innovative, sustainable ranches in our region.

To view the artwork and special experiences and bid on your favorites, visit SanIsabelAuction2021.

San Isabel Land Protection Trust strives to keep this region wild and beautiful, with abundant wildlife, productive agriculture, flowing the auction water and thriving rural communities. Your support makes that possible.

A sampling of artwork available in the auction


How the auction works

  • Go to the San Isabel Online Auction 2021 website. (SanisabelAuction2021)
  • Click the “Bid Now” button for your desired item. 
  • On your first bid, you will be asked to enter your name, phone number and email address.
  • Submit your desired bid amount and credit card information.
  • You will receive a text confirmation of your bid.
  • You will receive instant outbid notifications and will be notified of your winning bid(s) at the end of the auction.
Text Message 
  • Text the event phone number (586.991.3744) with the item’s three-letter code and your bid amount. Example: ABC$300 
  • For the first bid, you will receive a text message asking you to confirm the bid by responding with your first and last name. If you have not provided contact information before that, you will be prompted to send your contact information.
  • You will receive instant outbid notifications and will be automatically notified of your winning bid(s) at the end of the auction and prompted to checkout.

Presenting Artists

Julie Bender Curt Gillespie Felicia
Andy Mast Doug Schneiter Greg Smith
Cheryl St. John Cheryl Swartz Sarah Woods

Learn more about our artists 


Our sponsors 

Darkskies Vacations/Rancho Bendito KLZR Radio
Dianne Whalen Monarch Mountain
H.G. Vickerman Ranch Taste of the Valley
High Mountain Hayfever Bluegrass Festival        Taylor-Oswald Ranch
High Peaks Music Festival Westcliffe Performing Arts Center/Jones Theater  

Springtime marks change and new beginnings, and for San Isabel Land Protection Trust that is particularly true this year. We are excited to announce an addition to our conservation team. Karen Foley joins us as our land and water steward.

You make it possible to keep this region wild and beautiful, with abundant wildlife, productive agriculture, flowing water and thriving rural communities.

Thursday, 18 February 2021 08:57

San Isabel earns national accreditation renewal

San Isabel Land Protection Trust, one of the first small land trusts in the country awarded national accreditation, has earned that distinction for the third time.

DENVER – Keep It Colorado and the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust have partnered with Colorado State University to research and develop a tool that would enable conservation practitioners in Colorado to assess alternative ways of valuing conservation on private lands.

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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.