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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, 2021. 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. Dine on 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 September Spotlight
Meet CHLT Board Member: Tony Eason
1. How did you find out about CHLT?
We moved to Fraser in October 2020, and I was looking to get more involved in conservation. In researching Colorado conservation organizations, CHLT jumped out at me as the only land trust focusing solely on Grand County. And now, as my corner of the world, I wanted to “fight it.”

2. Why did you choose to work with CHLT as a board member?
In short, land is finite and in great demand. Living in CT for most of my life and being an outdoors-oriented person, it was clear that good environmental intentions and a thoughtful community isn’t enough to conserve valuable land. Direct action, community involvement, and a long-term mindset is vital in getting land protected. The geography and scale are different here in Colorado, but the same economic pressures are being applied to develop land quickly. Working with CHLT enables me to contribute to the effort to “keep the balance” between valuing land for what it is (and will be forever) and the powerful short-term development mindset. I’m not anti-development, just anti-short-term thinking development.

3. What experience do you have that is related to CHLT's mission?
I’ve been interested in nature and the environment since I can remember. And as a life-long fisher, mostly salt water, it became clear early on how land use effected water quality and every thing living in it. And that I needed to get involved. Beside volunteering in local environmental programs and efforts, I was a board member of the town nature center/preserve, I was a committee member with the Aspetuck Land Trust Land Use Committee in CT. I was also very involved as a board member with Staples Tuition Grants. While not a land trust, serving and working on the board provided valuable experience in raising awareness and increasing funding revenues in a non-profit organization.

4. What would you tell others is the single greatest benefit that CHLT provides?
It is an important mechanism for all residents, second homeowners, and visitors to Grand County in keeping forever what people value most in the county: wilderness & working lands.
Community News
  • View Colorado Climate Center/NIDIS summaries of evolving drought conditions for the Intermountain West here.
  • The Sulphur Ranger District is looking for a District Ranger. The right person will lead a complex, challenging, and rewarding district on the wonderful ARP. The Sulphur Ranger District contains many unique areas including the Arapaho National Recreation Area (one of only two in the State of Colorado), the Winter Park Resort and multiple congressionally designated areas including four Wilderness Areas (Indian Peaks, Never Summer, Vasquez Peak, and Byers Peak), two Protection Areas (Bowen Gulch and James Peak), the James Peak Special Interest Area, and the Fraser Experimental Forest. There are large expanses of Inventoried Roadless Areas as well as numerous motorized and non-motorized trails systems. The bike trails system near Winter Park/Fraser is a regional and national draw. Although the Sulphur RD has a large recreation component, vegetation management and fuel reduction are also very active. This District is currently recovering from two large wildfires that occurred in 2020 that affected many critical resources. To express interest, please email Aaron Mayville by September 21, 2021.

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 highlights 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.
CHLT Thursdays
September 23 (Thursday) at 5:30pm
Join the CHLT Thursday Discussion Series. On September 23, we will chat about National Public Lands Day (Sept 25), the importance of public lands, and their intersection with recreation and conservation in Grand County! Grand County’s celebration of NPLD brings together many different land-focused groups in the county, including public land agencies, land conservation groups, recreation organizations, and many others. Join via Zoom.
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, pack a picnic and gather in Granby at Polhamus Park from 4:30pm - 8:30pm! Enjoy music by River Wilder and The Moffat Tunnel Band. Sign up to volunteer here.

Coloring Colorado with River Jams
September 30 (Thursday) at 6:30pm
Join CHLT at the Headwaters Center for water and nature activities and a musical concert by Trevor Michael in honor of World Rivers Day. Christina DiMari, author of books that empower children and youth to discover hope, healing, and growth, will guide an expressive art coloring activity revolving around the beauty of nature and wildlife that can be found near our rivers. Great for families and kids of all ages. Learn more. Learn more here.
Hats Off for Headwaters
October 3 - 10
Hats Off for Headwaters 2021 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. Join us for an in-person celebration on Sunday, October 10 from 1pm - 5pm at the Headwaters Center in Winter Park. Dine on delicious cuisine by Stone Creek Catering and enjoy admission to the Headwaters River Journey Museum.
Purchase tickets here.

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

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.
Aug 23:
"Nature alone is antique, and the oldest art a mushroom." - Thomas Carlyle
With the recent moisture that we've received in Grand County, we're delighted to see fantastic fungi of all colors and sizes flourishing on our forest floors.
Aug 19: Stewardship of the conservation easements CHLT holds requires annual monitoring of each property by the land trust. The best part of a yearly monitoring visit is the opportunity to walk the property with the landowners and talk about their conservation goals...
Aug 9: Fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium) blooms are a lovely sight around our mountain valleys. They thrive in forest openings, and they are living up t their name this year, which stems from fireweed's ability to colonize burned areas rapidly. They are also a reminder that fall is on its way!
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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