Meet CHLT Little Ute Conservation Easement Owner: Kathy Knobel
1. How/why did you start working with CHLT?
Was there a need you were hoping to fulfill?
It was the summer of 2014 when I contacted CHLTinquiring about the process to obtain a Conservation Easement for my deceased husband’s ranch. His grandfather, Francis Jesmer, homesteaded land above the William’s Fork Reservoir in the late 1800s for ranching and farming purposes. Little Ute was acquired later for summer grazing of cattle and big game hunting. It was always the intention of Forrest Knobel to preserve and protect his inherited share of the ranch. His grandfather instilled a deep connection to the land and gratitude for the gifts it gave so generously. I needed to honor Forrest’s wish.
2. Why did you choose to work with CHLT?
CHLT director Carse Punstmueller and staff member Anna Drexler toured the ranch with me, felt the energy of the land, understood my commitment, and proceeded to spend several hours explaining every detail of the process. So much to comprehend and so much to do, but we were all up for the task of acquiring a conservation easement for the 230 acres known as Little Ute Ranch.
3. In your opinion, what is the single greatest benefit CHLT provides?
The single greatest benefit CHLT provides is the opportunity for landowners in Grand County to become diligent stewards of the land, preserving the historical tradition of agriculture and ranching, protecting the natural habitats for wildlife, and maintaining the natural beauty for future generations. CHLTmembers are dedicated to the process of acquiring and protecting in perpetuity land for future farmers and ranchers, the pristine waters, wildlife habitats, and the view corridors that Make Grand County grand. Gratitude overflows to these wonderful folks.
Many thanks to Frank DeLay for his nearly two years of service on the CHLT board. We are sorry to see him go, but wish him the best in all of his future endeavors.
Join Colorado WaterWise, Western Resource Advocates and APA Colorado for a webinar that explores the intersection between key principles of firewise and waterwise landscaping and other development best practices. Speakers will discuss how Colorado communities can ensure that their water conservation and fire safety goals, policies, and programs are compatible, and not contradictory. Register for the June 7 webinar here.
The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests have announced new district rangers. We at CHLT are looking forward to meeting and working with Sulphur Ranger District's Eric Freels. Public or private, open lands and resource conservation is a collaborative effort. CHLT envisions an inclusive conservation community in Grand County dedicated to the protection of the land - and we are excited to include Ranger Frees in that vision. Read more here.
CHLT is pleased to award this year's Carolyn Hackman Education Fund scholarship to three deserving Middle Park High School students: Madison Moyer, Zackary Niedzwiecki, and Katherine Reisberg. We congratulate these students and look forward to seeing them move on to conserve open lands and natural resources in the years to come.
At this year's Granby Elementary School Science Fair, CHLT awarded the Best Environmental Project Award to Danica Rector for her entry: The Loyal Soil. Danica compared soils from different altitudes; studied soils under a microscope; and learned about how weather, temperature, erosion, and land use affect soil composition.
If you missed the recent Grand County State of the River meeting, view the presentation materials online. Topics include: Hydrology and Water Outlook 2022, Grand Lake Clarity, and the Windy Gap Connectivity Channel. Learn more here.
Grand County and Northern Water officials will provide updates and answer questions about the latest watershed recovery projects planned in affected areas of the East Troublesome Fire at a community meeting from 4 to 6pm on Friday, June 10. The meeting will take place at Heckert Pavilion in the Grand Lake Town Square Park. Topics to be addressed include NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection Program project updates, 2022 aerial mulching, ETF watershed recovery planning, partnerships with federal agencies, postfire funding updates and Grand County flood warning alerts. Learn more here.
Snowpack in the mountains is melting too quickly, experts say, worsening drought and wildfire conditions. Read the Denver Post article here.
CHLT Songs on the Land
with Caitlyn Taussig
July 10 (Sunday)
Join Colorado Headwaters Land Trust for a musical evening on the land. (Location TBA.)
CHLT Wildflower Walk
with Jill Jacobsen
July 17 (Sunday)
Join Colorado Headwaters Land Trust for a family friendly outing to discover local wildflowers. Western Herbalist and Natural Resources Supervisor for Town of Winter Park, Jill Jacobsen, will be our guide as we identify local wild plants and learn about their therapeutic and nutritional uses.
CHLT Stargazing & Conservation: A Night on the Land
August 13 (Saturday)
Join CHLT for a dark sky stargazing evening on the Daisy Meadows conservation easement outside of Fraser. Enjoy a potluck dinner followed by a dark sky discussion, stargazing, and astronomy lessons.
Fraser Valley Arts: Plein Air at Altitude
September 2 - 10
The second Annual Plein Air @ Altitude 2022 will paint all that Grand County has to offer. Painting begins on Friday, September 2nd. Plein Air @ Altitude 2022 will highlight a selection of private lands and noteworthy CHLT easements, an Artists’ Day at Grand County Historical Society’s Pioneer Village Museum, and more. Learn morehere.
CHLT's Hats Off for Headwaters
Virtual Auction & In-Person Gathering
September 12 - 18
Join CHLT for our annual event including a week-long online auction and educational virtual panel discussions. We will culminate the celebration with an in-person gathering on Sunday, September 18 from 1pm - 4pm at Casa Vista near Fraser.
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.
Is your vehicle costing more than it's worth? Then hit the brakes on expensive repairs and consider donating your car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or boat to Colorado Headwaters Land Trust.
We accept all types of vehicles, running or not! We'll use the proceeds from your donation to continue to conserve and steward the open lands and natural character of the headwaters of the Colorado River in partnership with the local community. The process is easy, the pick-up is free, and your donation is tax-deductible. To learn more, click here.
Consider an alternative way of protecting the land we love - at no cost to you. Support CHLT through AmazonSmile! Sign up for AmazonSmile and select "Colorado Headwaters Land Trust" as your favorite charity. You shop. Amazon gives. Learn more about AmazonSmile.
Here are a few of our posts from the last month. Find more on our pages.
May 24: "And just like that... winter opened cold bleary eyes to the newborn colors of spring."
- Angie Wieland-Crosby
Marsh marigolds (Caltha leptosepala) are a sure sign of spring in the Rocky Mountain west.
May 11: "Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are."
- Gretel Ehrlich
Local yellow-bellied marmots (Marmots flaviventris) are emerging from their winter hibernation.
May 3: "It's the simple things of life that make living worthwhile, the sweet fundamental things such as love and duty, work and rest, living close to nature."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
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!