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Colorado Gives Day 2021
December 7, 2021
Schedule your Colorado Gives Day donations TODAY. Help Colorado Headwaters Land Trust protect the land we love in Grand County by giving where you live, work, bike, hike, thrive, and play! CO Gives Day is a major fundraiser for CHLT. With your support, we will continue to conserve and steward open lands and the natural character of the headwaters of the Colorado River in partnership with the local community. Schedule your gift today!

Thank you for being part of the CO Gives movement and for all you do to support CHLT's mission.
CHLT November Spotlight
Meet Open Lands, Rivers, & Trails Advisory Committee Chair:
Mike Crosby
1. How/why did you get involved in land and water conservation?
I am a 4th generation native Coloradoan with a rural background, and have spent about 40 years working in natural resources. I have seen rapid, uncontrolled
development in our state, resulting in important wildlife habitat loss. I feel it is my passion and duty to help preserve and protect the remaining natural resources in our county. 
2. What is your relationship with CHLT?
I have worked closely with Colorado Headwaters Land Trust on several
conservation projects protecting private lands in Grand County.

3. For the uninitiated, what is OLRT?
OLRT, Open Lands, Rivers, and Trails, is a committee of nine appointed members, representing each municipality across Grand County, and including three at-large appointees. OLRT is funded by a ballot resolution which collects 0.3% of retail sales tax. It commenced in January, 2017, and will sunset in January 2027. The committee’s job is to fund projects that keep water in the Colorado River and other rivers for agriculture and recreation. We fund land acquisition and conservation projects that protect natural areas, scenic open lands, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and river access. We also fund the maintenance of existing hiking, skiing, and biking trails. Twice a year, the committee receives grant applications, which are reviewed and ranked; the funds are awarded based on the conservation value of the project and its benefits to the people of Grand County. The committee then meets with the County Commissioners, who give final approval for the funding of the awarded projects. A paid administrator keeps the committee running smoothly, tracks the budget, orchestrates the public relations, and follows through on all projects.

4. How did you come to work with OLRT?
After 34 years, I retired from Colorado Parks and Wildlife as a Wildlife Manager. I was approached by the Town of Hot Sulphur Springs to apply for the first OLRT committee.

5. What is something you'd like to accomplish while at OLRT?
I am most interested in preserving and protecting in perpetuity large tracts of
agriculture, wildlife habitat and movement corridors, keeping water in the
Colorado River, and preserving scenic view sheds in a rapidly developing Grand County. I also hope that the voters will reauthorize this voter resolution before the ten year sunset.

6. What is your single best argument why folks should support CHLT and land conservation in general?
Our quality of life in Grand County is dependent upon healthy wild landscapes and rivers. Existing trails require more maintenance with increased use. Protection and management of these lands, rivers, and trails is imperative for future generations to be able to appreciate the essence of Grand County’s wonder.

Community News
  • Interested in observations on water clarity, dissolved oxygen (DO), and chlorophyll during 2020 in the context of operations, meteorological conditions, hydrology, and nutrient loading for Granby Reservoir, Shadow Mountain Reservoir, and Grand Lake? View the recently released 2020 Three Lakes Water Quality Summary here.
  • CSU is seeking a Director for the Colorado Water Center. The director provides leadership and oversight of the Center’s portfolio of research, education, engagement, and service activities, which is developed and implemented in collaboration with CSU faculty and staff affiliates, partner higher education institutions across Colorado, and a variety of partner scholars, agencies, and organizations. Learn more here.
  • The Bureau of Reclamation is currently accepting applications for a Public Affairs Specialist for the Eastern Colorado Area Office. Learn more here.
  • Colorado Water Trust is looking for a Water Transactions Coordinator to evaluate, develop, implement, and steward flow restoration projects throughout Colorado using collaborative, voluntary, market-based approaches. Learn more here.

CHLT Thursdays
November 18 (Thursday) 5:00pm
at Headwaters Center
Catch up on important projects and the ongoing work of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust with executive director Jeremy Krones as part of Headwaters River Journey’s Virtual Speaker Series. Register here.
Colorado Gives Day
December 7 (Tuesday)
CHLT relies on you to ensure that our work to protect Grand County's land, water, wildlife, agriculture and amazing vistas will continue long into the future. Support us on Grand County and Colorado Gives Day: Tuesday, December 7th! Schedule your donation today here.
Thank you for your generosity!

CHLT would like to thank the Fraser River Valley Lions Club for their 2021 grant to promote our events and education materials. Learn more here.

Carolyn Hackman Education Fund Scholarship

Are you a Grand County student interested in: land conservation, land management, forestry, agriculture, soil science, hydrology, ecology, wildlife biology, environmental engineering, environmental law, landscape architecture, or another related field?

Apply for the Carolyn Hackman Scholarship at Colorado Headwaters Land Trust!

Carolyn Hackman wished to provide financial assistance to Grand County students who are looking to increase their knowledge of land conservation and management, and who wish to carry such knowledge and appreciation into their adult years.

CHLT awards two $1,000 scholarships to graduating Grand County seniors, from either MPHS or WGHS, to help with their pursuit of their environmental passions. Please use your school's standard application packet (and deadlines) to apply, but also include a one-page essay detailing your interest in environmental science, land management, or a related field, and how you might apply that major or field of study to future work!

Hats Off for Headwaters

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, thank you to everyone who attended Hats Off for Headwaters 2021.

If you are a lucky auction item winner, please contact the CHLT office to arrange pick-up or delivery of your item. Call 970-887-1177 or email:
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Here are a few of our posts from the last month. Find more on our pages.
Oct 28: "If you are not filled with overflowing love, compassion and goodwill for all creatures living wild in nature, you will never know true happiness."
- Paul Oxton
Oct 20: "Nature is a chain reaction. One thing follows the other, everything is dependent on something else. The smallest is as important as the largest."
- Bryce Courtenay
Oct 13: "Go sit upon the lofty hill, And turn your eyes around, Where waving woods and waters wild Do hymn an autumn sound.
The summer sun is faint on them - The summer flowers depart - Sit still - as all transform'd to stone, Except your musing heart."
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Recordings of all of CHLT's educational and informative panel discussions are available to view on our YouTube channel! View CHLT's virtual talks here.
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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!
P.O. Box 1938, Granby, CO 80446 (970) 887-1177