Sharing the 81328 Perspective
Photo Exhibit Reveals Rare Views
of Heritage Ranches
New Show Celebrates Landowner Decisions to Conserve Mancos Valley Treasures
Sharing the 81328 Perspective debuts at the Mancos Visitor Center with a free reception open to the public on Saturday, November 18, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Several of the participating landowners will be there, and light refreshments will be offered.
An exhibit of photographs opening this month will showcase 28 area ranches and farms whose owners have protected their land permanently through easements with Montezuma Land Conservancy. Photographs in the exhibit represent 6,000 acres of Mancos Valley land that families have placed in a conservation easement with Montezuma Land Conservancy (MLC).
“That’s 6,000 acres that will remain farmland, critical wildlife habitat, and stunning views that will never change,” said Marianne Mate, the nonprofit’s Director of Philanthropy and Special events.
Patricia Burk, who grew up in the Mancos Valley and who now ranches and farms here with her husband, Jack, conceived the photography exhibit to bring attention to the progress of conservation easements in preserving the rural character and natural resources of the Mancos Valley.
Ms. Burk and Montezuma Land Conservancy collaborated to bring together photographs MLC has collected while working with property owners in the Mancos Valley during the past 19 years.
Ms. Burk intends for the exhibit to shine a light on landowners’ work to protect ranches with histories that trace back to pioneering families such as the Wetherills and the Weavers. “Many individuals are making huge contributions toward saving this land into perpetuity,” she said. The Burks themselves live and work on land that Ms. Burk’s parents purchased in 1949 and also own property that is in a conservation easement with Montezuma Land Conservancy. Mr. Burk is a past president of MLC.
The show of ranchland images is the latest in a years-long series of Sharing the 81328 Perspective exhibits that Ms. Burk, a photographer, has organized with help from others in the Mancos area.
“In many ways it’s been a historical record of the community in the last 15 years, because nothing does it better than photographs,” she said.
The photographs of protected ranches and farms will be on view for a year at the Mancos Visitor Center, 101 East Bauer Avenue, Mancos. Winter hours are Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
About Montezuma Land Conservancy
Montezuma Land Conservancy partners with the community to connect with, conserve, and enhance southwest Colorado’s agricultural, scenic, and recreational lands and wildlife habitat for today and future generations.