Janet Smith

Janet Smith

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.

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?

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More than 42,000 acres protected. Help us do more.

Private lands are important to our health, wealth and heritage. We work with landowners to protect the precious resources that define our region.

  • “We are situated along the Gold Belt National Scenic Byway, where several land trust organizations are involved with protection of lands. San Isabel was extremely well informed. We, and our neighbors, are very pleased with the end result, and the annual monitoring process is unobtrusive. I wish more folks would take the time to learn about the benefits San Isabel offers.”

    – Curt Sorenson, PhD, Fremont County

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