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October 18 - 25, 2020
Hats Off for Headwaters
Virtual Event Series & Silent Auction to benefit
Colorado Headwaters Land Trust
Celebrating 25 Years Protecting the Lands We Love
Yes, you read that right!

We are finally ready to announce the dates for our upcoming Online Annual Event, to be held the week of October 18 - 25.

The event will include the usual auction and raffle, but will also include a series of online panels with some of the key players in our conservation community.
Please keep your eyes open for further announcements leading up to the event!
Remembering Steve Sears
Our friend and valued community member, Steve Sears, recently passed away. We were honored to have Steve as a member of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust Board of Directors, where he served as Board Treasurer in 2014 and 2015. He also served as the District 1 Representative on the Advisory Committee of the Grand County Open Lands, River and Trails Fund. Steve's many contributions to local land conservancy will not soon be forgotten, and we will strive to carry on his good work for years to come.

In addition to the published obituary, Steve's wife Jane provided us with this look into his relationship with Grand County:

Steve Sears and Jane Farrell, both third generation Coloradoans, grew up along the front range. Steve was the son of a geologist and grew up exploring Colorado with his family. They frequently went on trips through Colorado’s diverse geography, which was where he was first instilled with the appreciation for nature. Jane’s family spent summers outdoors as well - camping, hiking and fishing. Winter holidays were spent at the YMCA in Estes or skiing at Winter Park.

Perhaps surprisingly, given his love of nature and conservation, Steve spent his entire career in real-estate development. His passion was in creating projects that fit in with and accentuated their natural surroundings. Aesthetics and place were always a focus of the development projects he worked on. He believed development and conservation could work hand-in-hand.

Part-time Grand County residents since 2004, in 2012 Steve and Jane moved to Tabernash full time. They were drawn to the area by the surrounding natural beauty as well as the community. With his involvement with Colorado Headwaters Land Trust and various other local organizations, Steve hoped to help preserve open lands for current and future generations to enjoy.

To read more about Steve's life, please read:
Supporting Our Neighbors:
PacaHat by Deb Culig
Many of our easement grantors and landowners have businesses that benefit directly from their conservation easements. We like to support them when we can, at events and through our media channels. Recently one of our easement landowners, Deb Culig, was picked up by Cowgirl Magazine for PacaHat, her beautiful hand-crafted alpaca-fleece hats! The alpacas live right here in Grand County, on a 100+ acre conservation easement granted in 2003.
Sky-Hi News'
2020 Best of Grand!
We are so grateful to live in a community that values open spaces and vistas like these. And we're delighted to be nominated as one of the best Community Non-profits in this year's Sky-Hi News Best of Grand. We'd love your vote!
We could not protect the land we love without your support!
Follow Us on Social Media!
We are active on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Here are some of our posts from August, but find more on our pages!
August 26: “I go to Nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put together.” – John Burroughs

Taking a mid-week nature break is even better when it's spent along the calming headwaters of the Colorado River.
August 24: "By discovering nature, you discover yourself." - Maxime Lagace

These Woodland Pinedrops (Pterospora andromeda) are truly unique. The tall, leafless stems of this plant often grow in clusters on the forest floor. The stems grow for only one year, but remain as dried stalks for several years.
August 19: Make hay while the sun shines... These late summer days mean hay bailing season for our local ranchers! At Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, we're proud to support agriculture, conserve land and sustain natural resources for future generations.
August 07: Did you know . . . stewardship of every conservation easement we hold requires annual monitoring of the property by the land trust? Each conservation easement is created to ensure the permanence of specific values of a property - such as agricultural open space or scenic open space. To protect these values, each easement contains certain permissions and restrictions for uses of the land. During each monitoring visit, we record natural or man-made changes to the property, document the land use and management, note possible violations, and visit with the easement donors.
August 05: “I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day’s work.” – Frank Lloyd Wright

We hope these recently discovered vibrant pink Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) inspire you today.
August 01: Today, August 1, is Colorado Day! Our Centennial State is celebrating its 144th birthday. We hope that you get outside and enjoy our state's land, water and wildlife this weekend. Share with us why you love Colorado . . .
August 12: "There are plenty of reasons nature is good for kids, including both the physical (movement, lowering blood pressure) and the mental (people feel better just by spending time in nature). And now, with warm weather and no school, is the ideal time to get kids outside.” - Danielle Braff, Washington Post. Read the article:

August 20: All of the local wildfire activity has reminded us of how important it is to prepare and protect your home, property and forest. Want to know more - like how to create defensible space around your property? Visit the Grand County Wildfire Council for Firewise tips.

August 21: We are so grateful to live in a community that values open spaces and vistas like these. And we're delighted to be nominated as one of the best Community Non-profits in this year's Sky-Hi News Best of Grand. We'd love your vote. We could not protect the land we love without your support!
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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