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Just one day before the end of 2014, COL permanently protected the Hotchkiss Ranch, 278 acres of stunning open space largely surrounded by Gunnison National Forest lands, located 16 miles northeast of Paonia. The property provides scenic views from public roads and lands, and protects important wildlife habitat, including Canada lynx and northern leopard frog, as well as elk, mule deer, black bear, and mountain lion. This project was completed in partnership with Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy. Photo by Dawn Reeder.
Colorado Open Lands is seeking a Director of Development. Click here for more information, including how to apply.
Please join us in welcoming our newest Future Conservation Leaders Fellow! Stephanie Rohdy comes to us from Bend, Oregon, and has served at the Deschutes Land Trust, Trust for Public Land, the Oregon Natural Desert Association, and Crater Lake National Park. She will be working from the COL headquarters on land protection and stewardship. We are deeply grateful to the Argosy Foundation and the Heider Family Foundation for funding this fellowship position.
A recent project closing permanently protects 197 acres of grazing land and wildlife habitat, including Gunnison Sage-grouse habitat. This property is enjoyed by the public as it is visible from adjacent public lands owned by the Bureau of Land Management. This property was protected with a partnership between Colorado Open Lands, Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy and Gunnison Valley Land Preservation Board. Photo by Dawn Reeder.
We're delighted to welcome our new President and CEO, Tony Caligiuri! Tony recently concluded his six years of service with the National Wildlife Federation, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Conservation and Education. Prior to that, he served for eighteen years as Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Tony, who grew up on a farm, is an avid hiker and lover of the outdoors. Dan Pike will remain on staff through the conclusion of 2014 to assist with the transition. Read full announcement here.
We have utilized our loan program to approve $25,000 to Revision International, a local nonprofit interested in “working with people in marginalized neighborhoods to develop leaders, cultivate community food systems, and grow resilient local economies.” Our loan will allow Revision purchase land to create a local food co-op to bring fresh produce to an underserved, largely Hispanic food desert in West Denver. More info coming soon!