Conserving agricultural heritage, wildlife habitat, and natural lands in and around
Colorado Gives Day: Tuesday
24 Hours to Give Where You
Donate online to Mesa Land Trust for
Colorado Gives Day, next Tuesday, December 10th, and your donation will be
enhanced by the Colorado Gives Day incentive fund, sponsored by FirstBank,
and MLT will pay no processing fees! Click the Colorado Gives Day logo to
donate. You can even donate online today and designate your gift to be made
on Colorado Gives Day. What could be easier?
Each year in our annual report Mesa Land Trust reports financial standing
and number of acres conserved and –all important information. However,
behind our great numbers are people with hopes, dreams and aspirations about
farming, ranching, wildlife habitat and recreational lands that we all
benefit from. To read about the people behind the numbers, check out the
Report, Lands for Tomorrow.
Jessica Washkowiak know the importance of conservation to the future of
farming. In 2012, the young couple, who operate
Field to Fork CSA (Community Supported
Agriculture), began working conserved land owned by two of Mesa Land Trust’s
founders, Mike and Blakely Mechau, near Palisade. Though extremely busy
this time of year, Jessica took time to answer a few questions about their
operation. Click here to
Mesa Land Trust to Apply for
The land trust accreditation program
recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality
standards for protecting important natural places and working lands
forever. Accredited land trusts must apply for renewal very five years.
Mesa Land Trust was initially awarded accreditation in 2009 and is pleased
to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment
period is now open.
The Land Trust Accreditation
Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an
extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. Accreditation
renewal will demonstrate to the public that Mesa Land Trust continues to
meet national standards of excellence, upholds the public trust and ensures
that its conservation efforts are permanent.
The Commission invites public input
and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must
relate to how Mesa Land Trust complies with national quality standards.
These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land
trust. For the full list of standards see
Comments may also be faxed or mailed
to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax)
518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Comments on Mesa Land Trust’s application will be most useful by January 3,
2013 Potluck a
In May we enjoyed a wonderful potluck-picnic on the Avant
Farm and Vineyard in Palisade. Our annual event was a huge success
with over 250 donors, landowners and friends in attendance.
Everyone who attended was treated to beautiful weather, enjoyed the amazing
views from the Avant Farm, ate delicious food and socialized over local wine
and beer. We thank everyone who helped underwrite the event, all of
our guests who attended and a special thanks goes out to Neil and Diane with
Avant Farm who ensured that all guests were warmly welcome on their
East Orchard Mesa may be full of
orchards and vineyards, but Galen Wallace, owner of a vineyard conserved
this spring, is probably the only self-proclaimed "Fruit Geek" in the area.
However, since apples don't fall far from the tree, he also inherited a love
of orchards and vineyards. Galen grew up on the "Home Five," his parents'
apple orchards on the adjacent property. Bought in 1947, the original
property was converted from apples to peaches in 1989. The family also owns
another six acres...click
here to read more
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today, with as little as $10 a month, click on the
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contribute to the Land Trust through Giving First.
If you need
help call Mary or Allison at 263-5443 and they’ll be happy to help you!
Trust & John Fielder:
Colorado's Great Outdoors: Celebrating
Years of Lottery-Funded Lands
Land Trust friends, family and supporters enjoyed a wonderful
evening with John Fielder.
John Fielder recently published
two new books dedicated to GOCO’s
20th anniversary. He presented his photos through a
slideshow at Colorado Mesa University and afterwards spoke with attendees
and autographed books and other publications. In addition to the slideshow
and special pre-meet and greet, Fielder taught a photography course on
a protected property to 10 lucky students!
The first trail on the Three Sisters Property has been completed!
early October, Mesa Land Trust partnered with COPMOBA on their annual Take a
Kid Mountain Biking Day to build the first trail on the Three Sisters Park!
The first section of trail is an extension of Kid’s
Meal. For many this was a great way to expose kids to trail building as an
important component of the mountain biking experience. The Land Trust
and COPMOBA received some wonderful
media coverage which can be seen
here. Participants celebrated with a BBQ and cake after the event!
Thank you to everyone in the community who has been a
part of supporting the Three Sisters Project. To learn more about
Three Sisters and other opportunities to get involved, please visit the
Three Sisters website.
About Mesa Land Trust
Mesa Land Trust is a private, nonprofit land conservation organization based in
Mesa County in Western Colorado. We work to maintain the unique character,
agriculture and history of Mesa County through partnerships with voluntary
landowners, local governments, Mesa County, The Nature Conservancy and a variety
of outside funding agencies. We now hold over 140 conservation easements
and have conserved over 64,000 acres of land containing important orchards,
vineyards, cropland, large working ranches, and habitat for deer, elk and the
Gunnison Sage Grouse in addition to a variety of other species.
Annual Open House:
Save the date for Friday, November 1st from 4 to 7 pm to
celebrate this year's many successes with fellow Board members, supporters,
volunteers and friends of the Land Trust.
Here in Mesa County we have some beautiful vistas,
exceptional habitat and productive agricultural properties. We are all
fortunate that there are generous and concerned landowners who have donated
conservation easements on their properties. To learn more about some of these
Mesa Land Trust, 1006 Main
Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501
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