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Mark Your Calendar:
CHLT Hats Off for Headwaters 2021
October 3 - 10, 2021
This year's Hats Off for Headwaters will take place Sunday, October 3 - Sunday, October 10. CHLT's annual event will include a week-long online auction and educational virtual panel discussions. We will culminate the celebration with an
in-person gathering on Sunday, October 10 from 1pm - 5pm at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park. Enjoy delicious cuisine by Stone Creek Catering and enjoy admission to the Headwaters River Journey Museum.

Interested in sponsoring the event or donating items to the auction?
Contact us: 970-887-1177 or

CHLT August Spotlight
Meet Terrafirma Board Member: Meghann McKenna
1. How/why did you get involved with land trusts?
Growing up, access to open space was always within a moment's drive. As populations grow and expand the need for nature is no less important, but the demands on that space have increased significantly. Preserving land for agriculture and habitat is critical to what many of us appreciate in our environments. Furthermore, many folks appreciate the results of open space and so education on preservation for agriculture and habitat are at the forefront.
2. What is your relationship with your local land trust(s)
I currently serve on the board for a local land trust and when my term ends this year, I will have the privilege to transition to general volunteer capacity with less governance and more hands on volunteer time!

3. For the uninitiated, what is Terrafirma?
Terrafirma is insurance that covers legal costs related to conservation defense for land trusts. The Land Trust Alliance formed Terrafirma in 2011 to help land trusts defend their conserved lands from legal challenges. It is owned by its members to insure the costs of upholding conservation easements and fee lands held for conservation purposes when they have been violated or are under legal attack, and to provide information on risk management to those land trusts. As population and development pressures increase, so does the value of conserved properties, making them vulnerable. This national initiative demonstrates land trusts' commitment to take seriously their responsibility to ensure the permanence of their conservation work.

4. How/why did you volunteer for the Terrafirma board?
I have always felt that individuals have a responsibility to contribute back to their community. That community may be geographic or based on interests. During various phases in one’s life this may look different: it could be doing your best to raise your children or volunteering for a nonprofit organization. Between that belief and the fact that at my core I love learning—I was excited to join the Terrafirma Members committee. This committee also has a direct connection to what I do on my local land trust board and is a great opportunity to work with a variety of different people. Learning their perspectives and thought processes on various situations can help in all aspects of life.

5. What is something you'd like to accomplish while on the Terrafirma board? (or your local land trust board)?
For both Terrafirma and my local land trust I enjoy what some might say are the less exciting parts of the organizations. Creating policies and developing processes, these are what allow for the critical work of the organization to continue through all sorts of challenges.

6. What is your best argument why folks should support their local land trust?
Local land trusts work together with landowners to maintain and preserve the open spaces that we all love. We all benefit from this directly, whether through having it in our “back yard” or eating the food it creates. Without open space much of what we likely appreciate in our lives would be drastically different.

Community News
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Keystone Policy Center announce Virtual Town Halls and additional Open Houses for public input on Wolf Restoration and management planning process. Learn more here.
  • View Colorado Climate Center/NIDIS summaries of evolving drought conditions for the Intermountain West here.
  • Interested in netting some fish for the Fraser River Annual Electrofishing Surveys? CPW Aquatic Biologist Jon Ewert is looking for help on 8/31 & 9/2. Contact Jon via email.
  • Trout Unlimited presents the Healthy Rivers Concert II on Saturday, August 21 featuring the Rifters and Caitlyn Taussig on the outdoor stage of the Headwaters Center in Winter Park. Purchase tickets here.

Stargazing on an Easement
August 13 (Friday) at 7:30pm
CHLT will host a stargazing evening on a conservation easement outside of Fraser at the height of the Perseid Meteor Shower. Enjoy a potluck dinner followed by a dark sky discussion, stargazing, and astronomy lessons led by David Schlichting. Participants are encouraged to bring their own telescopes, although some will be available to share. SOLD OUT
CHLT Third Thursdays
August 26 (Thursday) at 5:30pm
Join us for the CHLT Third Thursday Series. On August 26, we will be speaking to David Schlichting - retired astronomy teacher, NASA HUNCH mentor, and founder of Grand Astronomy. Learn about astronomy and the benefits of conservation easements for dark skies. Join via Zoom.
Granby Art in the Park
September 4 (Saturday) at 12pm
CHLT joins the Granby Public Art Committee for Granby's first annual Art in the Park festival on Saturday, September 4 from 12pm - 3pm at Polhamus Park featuring live music, mural painting, and collaborative art activities for the entire community. Free event! Learn more here.
Plein Air at Altitude: Painting Planet Earth
September 7 - 12
Fraser Valley Arts and the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust are hosting a Plein Air Festival Tuesday, September 7 through Sunday, September 11. Plein Air @ Altitude 2021 will highlight a selection of noteworthy artists painting Colorado Headwaters Land Trust easements, Rendezvous Colorado properties, as well as showcasing Grand County natural and historical attractions. The works will be available for purchase with the proceeds benefiting the individual artists, the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, and Fraser Valley Arts. Join the Reception and Open House at the Winter Park/Fraser Chamber of Commerce on Friday, Sept. 10. This is a great chance to meet the artists, see awards, and have the first chance to purchase artworks created during the week. Tickets are required for this event. Purchase tickets here.
Grand County National Public Lands Day
September 25 (Saturday)
Recognized as one of the longest-running NPLDs in the country, Grand County's National Public Lands Day is a day full of enjoyment and dedication of our public lands. Grand County has a bounty of public lands, including a national park, national forests, wilderness areas, national recreation areas, and more. After a day of volunteering with Headwaters Trails Alliance come gather in Granby for a Picnic In the Park at Polhamous Park! Enjoy music, special guests, and a broad community as we celebrate our public lands.
Hats Off for Headwaters
October 3 - 10
We're merging last year's Virtual Event Series & Silent Auction with an in-person Celebration of CHLT. Support the conservation work we do! Share in educational panel discussions, an online auction, and a live event with delicious local catering. This year's Hats Off for Headwaters will be one for the books! Learn more here.

CHLT would like to thank the Fraser River Valley Lions Club for their 2020 grant to promote our events and education materials. Learn more here.

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Here are a few of our posts from the last month. Find more on our pages.
July 28: Today is World Nature Conservation Day! Together we can raise awareness about the need to preserve animals, plants, and natural resources as the key foundation of a strong and stable society - for both present and future generations.
July 22: Join Colorado Headwaters Land Trust this evening, July 22 at 6pm, as ED Jeremy Krones speaks to the Town of Hot Sulphur Springs.
Learn about CHLT's newest easement, conservation easements in general, land trusts, and join the community conversation.
Meeting at the Hot Sulphur Springs Town Hall.
July 21: "Beauty - the adjustment of all parts proportionately so that one cannot add or subtract or change without impairing the harmony of the whole."
- Leon Battista Alberti

Our Colorado Headwaters Nature Project 2021 Observation of the Day is the beautiful Mariposa Lily (Calochortus gunnisonii). These perennials grow from a bulb in meadows and open woods.
Shop Amazon Smile to Support CHLT!
CHLT Supporters can now use the Amazon Shopping app on their mobile phone to sign up for AmazonSmile and select "Colorado Headwaters Land Trust" as their favorite charity.
How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Colorado Headwaters Land Trust" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
A portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to CHLT at no cost to you!
Thank you!

Shop Our Conservation Partners!
Support local land conservation by shopping at CHLT's Conservation Partners. These partners believe in the mission of the Land Trust and know that open space enriches our quality of life, protects landscapes, and brings visitors and residents to Grand County. 
Protecting open space is an investment in our environment, our culture and our economy.
Are you interested in becoming a Conservation Partner with no cost to your business? Click here for more information!
Thank you for supporting Colorado Headwaters Land Trust.
YOUR help today allows us to protect the lands we love for generations to come!
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