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CHLT Hats Off for Headwaters 2021
October 3 - 10, 2021
The Hats Off for Headwaters online Handbid Auction is LIVE through Sunday, Oct.10, 2021. Register and bid on a wide variety of items donated by fantastic folks or simply make a donation! All proceeds benefit CHLT.

Online Handbid Auction Oct. 3 – Oct. 10: register and bid here.
We will culminate our week-long event with an in-person celebration on Sunday, Oct.10 from 1pm – 5pm at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park. Dine on delicious cuisine by Stone Creek Catering, participate in a live auction, and enjoy admission to the Headwaters River Journey Museum. Hope to see you there!

Hats Off for Headwaters In-Person Celebration on Oct.10: purchase tickets here.
CHLT’s annual event also includes educational panel discussions. Join the Land Trust virtual discussion on Thursday, Oct. 7 at 5:30pm for a conversation between ED Jeremy Krones and three CHLT board members. Join via Zoom.

View all of CHLT's recorded panel discussions here.

Panel Discussion:
Thursday, October 7: Zoom
6:00pm – Colorado Headwaters Land Trust Panel
Panelists: David Doty, Stewart McNab, and Paula Stuart
Meeting ID: 841 0139 6796
CHLT October Spotlight
Meet CHLT Easement Landowners: Susan & Broc Cote
1. How and why did you start working with CHLT?
Susan and I started working with CHLT in October 2020. We were in search of vacant land suitable to build a home on in the Fraser/Tabernash/Granby area. We looked at many lots until, with help from our real estate agent, we found the parcel we wanted. A total of 3.6 acres of large aspens and new pine growth off CR 8. 
We soon understood that half the property was designated as a conservation easement. We didn’t know what that meant until we retrieved and studied all associated documents and met with CHLT. We had lots of questions and ultimately were satisfied with the property and knew how we could place a house and associated infrastructure (well, septic, driveway) without violating any easement conditions.
2. Was there a desire or need were you hoping to fulfill?
Our primary goal was to confirm that the conservation easement would not substantially impact our ability to build a home.

3. What is the most significant difference CHLT is making for you today?
Susan and I are newbies with respect to the mission of CHLT, but through our short time working with CHLT, we have developed a greater understanding and appreciation for the work being done by this nonprofit organization. We fully support the efforts of the CHLT team.

4. How would you describe CHLT to someone else?
I may not say it well, but I think it is all about preserving beautiful undeveloped lands in Grand County. CHLT is a nonprofit organization that can provide the resources necessary for land owners to, through legal contract, “carve out” land they wish to designate as conservation easement thereby protecting that land from ever being developed. And, landowners also get a tax benefit from establishing a conservation easement. Further, the land owner still owns the land and can continue to use it - just cannot develop it.

5. In your opinion, what is the single greatest benefit CHLT provides?
CHLT works to promote conservation and protect undeveloped land.

6. What do you wish you had known at the beginning/when you started?
Because we “inherited” the conservation easement through purchase of land with previously established easement, we learned what we needed to learn to close he deal. We will continue to work with CHLT as we solidify our building plans to ensure compliance and avoid surprises. And we have no concerns as CHLT has been very responsive to our calls and questions.
Community News
  • Arapaho National Forest fire managers and their partners will be looking for opportunities to continue the Blue Ridge prescribed fire project in the area near Cottonwood Pass as conditions allow over the coming weeks. Implementing prescribed fire is a critical part of reducing the risk of wildfire to communities and improving forest health conditions in Grand County. Learn more here.
  • View Colorado Climate Center/NIDIS summaries of evolving drought conditions for the Intermountain West here.
  • Do you know a West Grand County student interested in applying for scholarships? Attend the West Grand High School Scholarship Fair on Wednesday, October 13th from 4:30pm - 7:30pm at WGHS. Desserts will be provided!
CHLT Thursdays
October 21 (Thursday) at 5:30pm
Curious about Colorado conservation tax credit benefits? CHLT will speak with Jody Barbour about the Tax Credit Program. HB21-33, which was signed on June 30th and retroactive to January 1, 2021, made positive changes to Colorado’s conservation easement tax credit program.
Join the discussion here.
Lions Club Festival of Trees
December 3 (Friday)
The 2021 Fraser River Valley Lions Club Festival of Trees supporting local nonprofits will be held at the Grand Park Community Recreation Center in Fraser on Friday, December 3rd. Doors open at 4:00pm to guests for the start of the auctions, music, great food and beverages, and of course, Santa. The event will conclude at 8:00pm.
More information coming soon.
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.

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Here are a few of our posts from the last month. Find more on our pages.
Sept 28:
"Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall." - F. Scott Fitzgerald
The nature of fall: crisp air, blue skies, and golden leaves!
Sept 22: Autumn: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can be.
Happy first day of fall!
Sept 14: "Autumn leaves don't fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar." - Delia Owens
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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