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The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Colorado Headwaters Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. CHLT values its accreditation status and believes strongly in the importance of accreditation to complete our work. We know that you believe in us, too, which is why we're asking for your help.
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how Colorado Headwaters Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment to

Comments may also be faxed or mailed to:

Land Trust Accreditation Commission
Attn: Public Comments
36 Phila Street, Suite 2
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

(fax) 518-587-3183
Comments on our application will be most useful by March 21.
Our 2021 Executive Committee
Paula Metcalf Stuart
Vice President:
Steve Fitzgerald
David Doty
Melinda McWilliams
Lisa Leclair Waldorf
To the advocates of CHLT:

I am humbled to accept being elected President of the Board of Directors of Colorado Headwaters Land Trust. As I can now see 2020 in the rearview mirror, I am grateful to be alive. On a world-wide scale, the pandemic is still terrifying and on a local level, the wildfires last summer and autumn are only barely a distant memory. We have learned valuable lessons about how to survive without concerts, dining with friends and not seeing loved ones. One constant for us in Grand County has been the ability to be outside enjoying nature. Looking forward to 2021, I believe that the perspective to take away is to get back to basics.
The land and trees cannot speak for themselves as we learned from Dr. Seuss. We need to educate ourselves and our neighbors to be stewards of the land we love. Living in Grand County where the natural character of the area is such an integral part of our existence, we can all do something to keep the balance of protection of the open lands and the inevitable development that is here and will continue into the future.
We look forward to continuing to conserve and steward the open lands and natural character of the headwaters of the Colorado River in partnership with our local community. We hope you will continue to support the efforts of Colorado Headwaters Land Trust.

- Paula Metcalf Stuart, CHLT President 2021-2022

It was a pleasure to serve Grand County's conservation community for the past seven years. Since 1995, CHLT's dedicated staff and board of directors has worked earnestly to fulfill CHLT's mission of protecting the land and water of Grand County, and will continue to do so!
- Cray Healy, CHLT President 2017-2018, 2020-2021

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?

If so, 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.

We provide 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!
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Recommended donation: $7

Contact the office to get your own and show off your support of Grand County conservation in the most modern of fashion!
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We are active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Here are some of our posts from the last month, but find more on our pages!
Jan 30: "Children are born with a sense of wonder and an affinity for Nature. Properly cultivated, these values can mature into ecological literacy, and eventually into sustainable patterns of living." - Zenobia Barlow, "Confluence of Streams"

Get outside and play this weekend!
Jan 27: Happy #LibraryShelfieDay from the headwaters of the Colorado River! What's new on your shelf? Outdoor, #conservation, land use, #Western, and #water topics all welcomed!
Jan 20: "Man is whole when he is in tune with the winds, the stars, and the hills... Being in tune with the universe is the entire secret." - Justice William O. Douglas
Jan 14: "Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature's peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves." - John Muir
Jan 12: "A river cuts through rock not because of its power but because of its persistence." - Jim Watkins

For over 25 years, CHLT has worked to protect the lands, waters, wildlife and vistas that make Grand County so special. Our work continues, with your help, so that future generations will experience all that the headwaters of the Colorado River has to offer.
Jan 05: "Snow isn't just pretty. It also cleanses our world and our senses, not just of the soot and grime... but also of a kind of weary familiarity, a taken-for-granted quality to which our eyes are all too susceptible." - John Burnside

We're savoring a snowy day in Grand County, Colorado!
Jan 07: What is so cool about snow? Have you ever wondered how a snowflake forms? Or, what wildlife does to stay warm when temperatures drop in the winter? Join Colorado Parks and Wildlife Educators Elizabeth and Erin in this fun video as they dig into the science of snow.

Jan 15: How do you define conservation? This video by our friends at Keep It Colorado shows how we strive to create a Colorado where people, lands, waters and wildlife thrive. CHLT is a proud member of Keep It Colorado - a nonprofit coalition of conservation organizations that work to protect the lands and waters which define our state.

Jan 28: Record-breaking wildfires were just one of the remarkable things about 2020. What factors contributed to these catastrophic fires? Join this interactive webinar series to discuss several aspects of the 2020 wildfire season. The series will include a variety of points-of-view from experienced fire managers, fire policy experts, and fire scientists.
Shop Our Conservation Partners!
Support local land conservation by shopping our Conservation Partners. Our partners believe in the mission of the land trust and 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!
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