• OLRT Ballot Measure
  • OLRT Advisory Committee Position
  • CO Gives Day 2023
  • Upcoming Events
  • CHLT in the News
  • Community News
  • Ways to Support CHLT
Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails Ballot Measure
Grand County's Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails Fund (OLRT) is up for reauthorization this year. Grand County voters will find it in their November 07 ballot as Measure 1A.

OLRT was passed by the voters in 2016 as a 0.3% sale tax collected for the protection and conservation of Grand County's open spaces, rivers, and trails. Since its creation, OLRT has been used for a variety of conservation projects, including conserving large properties throughout the county and keeping water in the Colorado River and its tributaries. Over 75 projects have been funded with OLRT focused on protecting, conserving, and acquiring agricultural lands, natural areas, scenic open spaces, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and river access; as well as maintaining hiking and biking trails.

Through OLRT, the Grand County Board of County Commissioners has supported conservation throughout Grand County, including by CHLT easements:

Recent OLRT awards:
  • Granby Highlands-Trails Conservation Easement
  • Black Fox Conservation Easement
  • Marietta Creek Ranch Conservation Easement

The current ballot measure reauthorizes the fund in perpetuity and expands the uses to include maintaining and creating hiking, biking, and multi-use trails; improving water quality and river restoration; and wildland fire mitigation.

Measure 1A is on the ballot for November 07. Remember to vote!
Click here to learn more about voting in Grand County.
Colorado Gives Day 2023
Early giving has begun!
Want to make a big impact in conserving and stewarding the land we love across Grand County?

Donate anytime between now and Colorado Gives Day (Dec 05) and your gift will be boosted by an incentive fund made possible by Colorado Gives Foundation and FirstBank. Your support of Colorado Headwaters Land Trust through Colorado Gives will help protect the land we love in Grand County!

Grant programs like OLRT help our projects succeed, but we can't keep doing our work without your support! Every dollar you donate to CHLT helps us achieve our mission: conserving and stewarding the open lands and natural character of the headwaters of the Colorado River in partnership with the local community.

Thank you to everyone who has supported us over the years, and continue to show their support for our work throughout the county.
Upcoming Events
Winter in Grand County starts early - there's already snow on the peaks! We have a few upcoming events for you to share your support of conservation and the land trust. Follow the links below to learn more about each event!

Donations are encouraged to help us continue our mission to conserve and steward the open lands and natural character of the headwaters of the Colorado River in partnership with the local community.
Land Trust Holiday Party
Thursday, November 16
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Help us kick off our winter season with a party! Join us for appetizers, cocktails, and a silent auction to celebrate community and conservation.

Location will be shared upon RSVP. Space is limited.

Fraser River Valley Lions Club
Festival of Trees
Friday, December 01
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Held annually at the Grand Park Community Recreation Center in Fraser, this is a fun-filled evening of music, food and beverages, and a visit from Santa! Over 20 local non-profits decorate and display Christmas trees and wreaths. A silent auction is held for all the trees and wreaths and all auction proceeds go to the non-profit decorating that tree or wreath.
Headwaters Book Club
Thursday, January 25
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Join CHLT and HTA for our quarterly book club meeting on Thursday, January 25 at 6:00 pm. Location TBA.

We are reading Oil and Water, by Stephen Grace. We will discussing the Colorado River and our relationship with water these days.

CHLT in the News
Sky-Hi News 10/28/23

On Oct. 1, I officiated the wedding of two friends. It was the anniversary of their first date, so I tried to theme my speech around October and the fall season. It barely produced a first draft, as most poems I found weren’t appropriate for a joyous occasion.

Finding the positive in poems decrying shorter days, dying plants, and the oncoming frost is more suited for a college lecture than a marriage ceremony. Even “October” by Robert Frost, one of my favorite poets, was too dark, however beautiful. It begins:

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.

Community News
  • On October 27, 2023, the Grand County Drought Preparedness Committee declared that Grand County remains in Drought Watch. The fall season dried out rapidly, marked by below-average precipitation and above-average temperatures throughout September and October. We are enduring the driest two decades ever recorded. This fall demonstrated that the situation can swiftly evolve, necessitating proactive engagement from residents and visitors to tackle this persistent challenge effectively. Let's unite to combat the ongoing drought – HELP OUT DURING DROUGHT!

  • The Rocky Mountain Yule Celebration at the Headwaters Center is on December 09. Dress up and cut a rug with live music! Participate in a silent auction just in time to secure unique holiday gifts for the family. Enjoy the band, a buffet dinner, and two drink tickets with your $125 admission ticket. All proceeds from admission, bar, and silent auction to benefit the Headwaters River Journey Museum 501c 3 and other local water conservation education initiatives.

Click here to see employment opportunities on the Keep It Colorado Job Board.
Ways to Support CHLT
Kroger Community Rewards

Kroger Community Rewards program makes fundraising easy by donating to local organizations based on the shopping you do every day. Once you link your Card to an organization, all you have to do is shop at Kroger and swipe your Shopper’s Card. Click here to learn more.

Is your vehicle costing more than it's worth? Then hit the brakes on expensive repairs and consider donating your car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or boat to Colorado Headwaters Land Trust.
We accept all types of vehicles, running or not! We'll use the proceeds from your donation to continue to conserve and steward the open lands and natural character of the headwaters of the Colorado River in partnership with the local community. The process is easy, the pick-up is free, and your donation is tax-deductible. To learn more, click here.
Be Our Conservation Partner!
Are you or your business interested in becoming a Conservation Partner of CHLT? Click here for more information!
P.O. Box 1938 Granby, CO 80446 (970) 887-1177