This year, LPOSC celebrates 30 years of conservation progress in Southwest Colorado! Since 1992, our organization, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has worked with nearly 200 landowners throughout southwestern Colorado to conserve 26,000 acres of land and 49 miles of river in perpetuity. The lands protected include agricultural lands that support locally grown food, open spaces, wildlife habitat, and recreation and park lands offering over 26 miles of trails.
We closed on a unique conservation easement on a five-acre property with significant archeological resources dating back to 800 AD back in January, and will complete a 180-acre conservation easement on a property south of Durango off of Highway 550 in the coming weeks. We are in the process of finalizing another 180-acre conservation easement north of Elmore’s Corner and anticipate completing two additional conservation easements later this year.
We have also seen strong success with our Southwest Stewardship Series, now in its second year, which consists of educational workshops on various stewardship topics with the goal of improving the quality and resiliency of local lands. Over the past several months, LPOSC has hosted or co-hosted three workshops open to the public covering topics ranging from pollinator preservation, soil health, and noxious weed mitigation.
Support from donors like you help make our work possible. Please consider making a gift today in support of the natural lands, waters, and ways of life that bind us all together by donating online at lposc.org.
Adrienne Dorsey Christy Curd Leah Coe
Executive Director Stewardship Director Programs Assistant
Save the Date!
Save the date for this opportunity to access fishing on a conserved property in a brand new way. Guided by San Juan Anglers, participants in this September 4th event will fly fish on the private waters of a conserved property near Durango. There are few better ways to see the impact that preserving open spaces has on our rivers than to fish them with seasoned experts! Keep an eye out for tickets on lposc.org.
Meet our new Board President: Chase LaCroix
We would like to extend a warm welcome to our new Board President, Chase LaCroix! Chase is an environmentally-minded local business owner and advocate for our public lands and waterways. Read more about Chase below!
Chase LaCroix was born and raised on the Western Slope in Aspen, CO. He moved to Durango to attend Fort Lewis College in 2004, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics with a business concentration. During his time at Fort Lewis College, Chase met his now wife of 12 years as a river guide in both Durango, CO and Moab, UT. They have two beautiful children and a Golden Retriever named Copper.
Chase’s professional experience includes 7 years at a fast growing fintech company that allowed Chase to learn how to adapt to change and how to effectively grow an organization. Today, Chase and his wife own and operate an outdoor consignment shop called Durango Outdoor Exchange that they started in September of 2014. Their guiding values in business and in life are community, adventure, and environment. When not in the shop, you are likely to find Chase spending time with his family camping, rafting, hiking, biking, and skiing. His personal interests include hockey, sustainability, and astronomy.
Join us for the Community Concert Series in the Secret Garden! Six La Plata County nonprofits serving the environment sector have been selected to benefit from the 2022 Community Concerts in the Secret Garden at the Rochester Hotel, and we are grateful to have been selected. Community Concerts pairs a nonprofit with a local music talent on Wednesday evenings throughout July 13 – August 17 to offer a fun evening of entertainment. Food and signature cocktails provided by the Rochester Hotel will be available for purchase. Please find the 2022 Concert Schedule below!
Ska Anniversary Party
Beers & tunes! The ticket link for this event is still live.
Join us for Ska Brewing’s 27th Anniversary Party and Brewer’s Invitational, featuring Hepcat with special guests, Rude Girl Revue and more! Enjoy beers from 30+ breweries. Proceeds benefit our work to conserve land and water here in wonderful Southwest Colorado!
Are you a business wanted to get involved? Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.