MESSAGE FROM OUR BOARD PRESIDENT
As we look back on our achievements in 2016, we are inspired by the potential for the future. This success began in February 2016 when we attained national accreditation through the Land Trust Alliance. This distinction, which required over 800 hours of board and staff time, confirms CHLT’s commitment to professional excellence in conservation.
CHLT proudly endorsed Issue 1A to create the Open Lands, Rivers and Trails Fund, an initiative on the ballot last November. Board, staff, and volunteers successfully worked to educate our community on the massive impact this initiative will have on Grand County’s open spaces, recreation, and agricultural heritage. Thanks to support from the voters in Grand County, there will now be an estimated $750,000 per year available solely for land and water conservation, as well as trail maintenance.
In collaboration with The Conservation Fund, CHLT completed the December closing of 622 acres on Troublesome Creek Ranch, our 63rd conservation easement. This milestone brings CHLT's total protected area in Grand County to 8,826 acres. Troublesome Creek Ranch is a fourth generation ranch located in west Grand County, near the confluence of Troublesome Creek and the Colorado River.
These and many more accomplishments would be impossible if it weren’t for the generous individuals who dedicate their time to protecting the future of Grand County. I would sincerely like to thank Mike Dailey, Greeley Sachs, Steve Sears, and Diana Matheson for their service and efforts on our Board of Directors. Their expertise and commitment will leave a lasting impact on CHLT. In 2016 we happily welcomed Stewart McNab, Ian Ferrell, Ed Herpel, and Andrew Moore to our board. There is an impressive community surrounding land and water conservation. I would also like to thank our many supporters, volunteers, and donors. Our work cannot be done without you.
Last year was an impressive one for CHLT and we are motivated for 2017. Thank you for your support. Please view our 2016 Annual Report for more information on the past year.