Janet Smith

Janet Smith

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.

San Isabel Land Protection Trust has received $10,000 to purchase satellite imagery to monitor its 134 conservation properties across four counties. Keep It Colorado, a nonprofit coalition of conservation partners, awarded the grant.

Keep It Colorado received $155,000 from Great Outdoors Colorado's Resilient Communities program and the Gates Family Foundation to support safer, more efficient monitoring. Monitoring usually takes place through in-person visits.

San Isabel Land Protection Trust invites you to help celebrate its 25th anniversary with a special online Art for the Sangres fine art sale.

In late 1994, the warning signs were gathering like smoke on the horizon, signaling trouble ahead.

Rapid population growth, troubling ranching economics and increasing development pressures worried newcomers and pioneer ranching families, environmentalists and private property rights advocates. What could save the Wet Mountain Valley’s sweeping landscape of working ranches and open spaces, an agricultural heritage that enriched the lives of longtime residents and the newly arrived, as well as provided unparalleled wildlife habitat?

Perseverance and patience are today’s watchwords, and the recently completed conservation easement on Redwing Ranch in Huerfano County demonstrates the rewards of such traits.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020 10:28

Thanks to our 2019 members, supporters

You make it possible to keep this region wild and beautiful, with abundant wildlife, productive agriculture, flowing water and thriving rural communities. We are grateful for your partnership in this important work. THANK YOU!

Irrigated hayfields in naturally arid lands offer a verdant oasis in an otherwise brown landscape. But what happens when the water leaves the land?

Friday, 27 March 2020 10:31

Constants in a time of change

With our world reeling from COVID-19 and its uncertainties, the constants in life comfort us.

Here in southern Colorado, we see the signs of emerging spring – bluebirds return, green colors the landscape’s edges, wet snow lies atop the mountains. These glimpses of renewal strengthen us, especially when our daily lives are upended by health and economic gut-punches from a pandemic.

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  • "My family put 720 acres under conservation easement in 2009. We did it to protect the integrity of the property and to help secure the water rights to the irrigated hay land in perpetuity. In this age of agricultural and economic uncertainty, conservation easements are the thing to do."

    – Larry Vickerman, executive director, Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield