We are thrilled to announce the conservation of 180 acres of farmland and forest south of Durango on Highway 550. The Weaselskin conservation easement will ensure that the land, much of which has been in the same family for over 40 years, is preserved from development in perpetuity. The property is comprised of irrigated farmland and dryland pasture, relatively undisturbed pinon-juniper woodlands, and a small equestrian center. For the public, the property offers unobstructed views of the La Plata Mountains for north-bound travelers on Highway 550. This land protection effort also preserves habitat for numerous species of wildlife, including elk, mule deer, black bear, bobcat and mountain lion. Like much of the Florida Mesa’s western edge overlooking the Animas River, the property is also home to numerous archaeological resources that will remain undisturbed. The landowner also intends to continue to provide educational and experiential opportunities to interested parties to foster a sense of ecological awareness and an appreciation for conservation.
“This project marks the culmination of more than a decade of efforts by a particularly dedicated landowner to preserve open space for the benefit of all. Despite seemingly insurmountable obstacles, this landowner never gave up her vision for a conservation easement,” says Christy Curd, LPOSC’s Stewardship Director.
While development pressure in the Durango area has rapidly intensified in the past two years, so too has interest in conservation. “The urgency to protect lands that produce locally grown foods, support critical wildlife habitat, and provide access to recreational activities is incredibly high,” said Adrienne Dorsey, LPOSC Executive Director. “Fortunately, many landowners in our region understand the urgency to act and are working closely with LPOSC to protect hundreds of acres in the coming months.”
We are grateful to many partners who made this project possible, including Great Outdoors Colorado and Keep it Colorado who provided generous grant dollars to support transaction costs for this project.
Fly Fish for Open Space!
Are you looking for a fun way to contribute to our work conserving land and water resources? Purchase your ticket for this special 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! Choose between four exquisite, conserved properties for a full day of guided fly fishing.
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 wanting to get involved? Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event! Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Move your body for Open Space! Join us at Pause Yoga & Pilates every Thursday evening in August for $10 drop-in yoga classes. We are grateful to be the recipients of proceeds from these awesome classes.
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Fun in the Secret Garden…
What an evening with Kirk James Blues Band!
On Wednesday, July 20, the Durango community came together over blues music and Titos Vodka cocktails in the ever-so-magical Rochester Hotel Secret Garden for the sake of Open Space. Huge thanks to the folks over at Southwest Community Foundation for putting this fabulous string of events together, and to the Rochester Hotel for hosting this series in their amazing space!
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 you still have a few weeks to show your support!
Community Concerts pairs a nonprofit with a local music talent on Wednesday evenings through August 17 to offer a fun evening of entertainment. Food and signature cocktails provided by the Rochester Hotel will be available for purchase. Join us for two more amazing evenings of music on August 10 & August 17!
La Plata Open Space Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your gift may be tax deductible. Our EIN number is: 84-1204273.