Linda Poole

Linda Poole

Please join us Thursday, Feb. 20, for the third of five meetings to develop a community plan for the Bluff and Summit parks.

Our mission: San Isabel Land Protection Trust employs collaboration, innovation and science to safeguard health and resiliency of land, waters and wildlife in Colorado’s Fremont, Custer, Huerfano and western Pueblo counties. Through land protection and care programs, strategic partnerships and outreach, we help connect people to nature and ensure the lasting vitality of our land and rural communities.

How can we meet our unswerving mission in an ever-changing world? With so many environmental, social, economic and personal issues pulling and shoving us in different directions, how do we wisely choose the one path we take? These are questions San Isabel's leaders grapple with daily.

Thursday, 31 October 2019 09:54

Well monitoring could yield much-needed info


The many water meetings this year in Westcliffe reflect the complexities and urgencies of water issues here. On Oct. 22, San Isabel Land Protection Trust welcomed 55 people from Custer and Fremont counties to a presentation by hydrologist Valda Terauds on groundwater and wells in our fractured rock areas.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019 15:15

Sustainability: What's in a Name?

“Love the prairies? Thank a rancher and eat a steak!" is a bumper sticker that can be seen in convention center parking lots across the western U.S. these days. The message is not unexpected on dusty ranch pickups and battered Suburbans, whose drivers are attending annual meetings of the state Cattlemen's Association or Farm Bureau.

Thursday, 13 December 2018 00:00

Help us keep this region wild and beautiful

Bobcat! There’s a bobcat in the yard!

Staccato barking from my dog Keli woke everyone in the house at dawn on a recent November morning. Normally quiet and cheerful, Keli had anxiously whined and paced through the night between dark windows that overlook my untamed yard of scrub oaks, aspens, pines and firs. Living on a toe slope of the Sangres, all kinds of wildlife abound just the other side of the windows, providing endless entertainment for my whippet/Australian shepherd sidekick. 


Southern Colorado is poised on the cusp of transformative change. In the short time I've been here, I've seen drought, extreme winds, torrential downpours, flash floods and ferocious wildfires. Noxious weeds endanger biodiversity and ecosystem function. Water transfers and development pressures continue to require very careful planning and stewardship to avoid disrupting our wildlife and scenic beauty.

We have big challenges and tight timelines ahead as we work together to sustain this place we love so much.

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

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

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