Colorado Headwaters Land Trust

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Colorado River Initative

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General population

Description

The Colorado River Initiative is the driving force behind CHLT's educational programs in communities along the Colorado River, including Grand Lake, Granby, Hot Sulphur Springs, Parshall, and Kremmling. Programs that stem from the Initiative include our participation in Buffalo Days, Hot Sulphur Days, Kremmling Days, and our semi-regular conversations with conservation professionals held on Zoom. Future events could include live conversations, concerts on the land, and other educational and engaging events. The purpose of these events is to bring people closer to the natural world and remind them why organizations like CHLT exist: to Protect the Land We Love in Grand County.

By supporting the Fraser River Initiative and the Colorado River Initiative, you are playing a role in educating yourself and your neighbors about the value and importance of open spaces, free-flowing rivers, and healthy wildlife that we all appreciate so much living up here in the mountains.

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust protects and preserves for the public's benefit and enjoyment the scenic Grand County landscapes of the headwaters of the Colorado River and its headwaters tributaries, including the Fraser River. The land trust focuses its conservation work on the Colorado and Fraser Rivers, two of the most endangered rivers in the nation. Trans-mountain diversions of water to Front Range cities and the Denver Metropolitan Area are threatening the health of the Upper Colorado River. Large private properties with significant senior water rights are the land trust's highest priority for conservation in its effort to protect the Upper Colorado River watershed. The land trust's conservation tool is the conservation easement, a voluntary legal document between the landowner and the land trust that identifies the conservation values on a qualified conservation property and permanently protects those values by restricting development, subdivision and other non-compatible uses. The land trust holds those extinguished rights in perpetuity.

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust is the easement holder for 65 conservation easements on over 9,180 acres. These easement properties will be protected in perpetuity, keeping the best of Grand County's open spaces open for the benefit of everyone who lives and works in or visits Grand County.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The evidence is in the numbers of key properties encumbered with conservation easements, actual acres protected and the numbers of willing landowners working with Colorado Headwaters Land Trust to conserve their lands. Nearly half of the easements held by CHLT are located along the Colorado River and its tributaries (headwaters). We are excited to continue these programs far into the future!

Fraser River Initiative

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

General Public
General Public/Unspecified
Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts

Description

The Fraser River Initiative is the driving force behind CHLT's educational programs in the Fraser Valley, focusing on the communities of Winter Park, Fraser, and Tabernash. Programs that stem from the Initiative include the Wildflower Walk, Evening On An Easement (Stargazing), and the Plein Air @ Altitude event organized by Fraser Valley Arts. Future events could include natural craft days and other talks on-the-land. The purpose of these events is to bring people closer to the natural world and remind them why organizations like CHLT exist: to Protect the Land We Love in Grand County.

By supporting the Fraser River Initiative and the Colorado River Initiative, you are playing a role in educating yourself and your neighbors about the value and importance of open spaces, free-flowing rivers, and healthy wildlife that we all appreciate so much living up here in the mountains.

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust protects and preserves for the public's benefit and enjoyment the scenic Grand County landscapes of the headwaters of the Colorado River and its headwaters tributaries, including the Fraser River. The land trust focuses its conservation work on the Colorado and Fraser Rivers, two of the most endangered rivers in the nation. Trans-mountain diversions of water to Front Range cities and the Denver Metropolitan Area are threatening the health of the Upper Colorado River. Large private properties with significant senior water rights are the land trust's highest priority for conservation in its effort to protect the Upper Colorado River watershed. The land trust's conservation tool is the conservation easement, a voluntary legal document between the landowner and the land trust that identifies the conservation values on a qualified conservation property and permanently protects those values by restricting development, subdivision and other non-compatible uses. The land trust holds those extinguished rights in perpetuity.

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust is the easement holder for 65 conservation easements on over 9,180 acres. These easement properties will be protected in perpetuity, keeping the best of Grand County's open spaces open for the benefit of everyone who lives and works in or visits Grand County.

Photos

Evidence of Program's Success

The evidence is in the numbers of key properties encumbered with conservation easements, actual acres protected and the numbers of willing landowners working with Colorado Headwaters Land Trust to conserve their lands. Nearly half of the easements held by CHLT are in the Fraser Valley, including our first, the Weathertop Easement (1999, 420 acres), and our largest, the Baer Property (2004, 1000 acres). Programs held in the Fraser Valley draw great support and interest and we are excited to continue them far into the future!

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