Reminder! La Plata Open Space Conservancy has relocated. PLEASE NOTE OUR NEW PHYSICAL ADDRESS:
776 E. 2ND AVENUE.
The newly conserved Weaselskin property looking particularly lush on a recent monitoring visit
LPOSC is beginning to wind down from a busy spring of listening sessions, workshops, fundraisers, and an office move, but we still have a few events on the horizon, plus an informative open house this evening hosted by La Plata County and CSU Extension. Read on to find something that interests you!
Final 2023 Southwest Stewardship Series Workshop
Noxious Weed Workshop
Struggling with invasive weeds on your land? Wanting to learn more about noxious weed mitigation? Join La Plata County’s Weed Manager and La Plata Open Space Conservancy on a conserved property 1 mile north of Elmore’s Corner on June 8th. Experts will discuss identification and management best practices for common non-native species in the Durango area.
Not just for realtors – this educational workshop on conservation easements and how to navigate real estate transactions involving them will also be useful for appraisers, title and closing officers, lenders, and others involved in real estate. We hope to see you on June 2nd!
Ska Brewing will be celebrating their 28th Anniversary Party on September 9, 2023, and you are invited! The event will take place at Ska’s World Headquarters in Durango, and there will be breweries, friends, family, and great live music. This event has become one of the premier fall events in Durango and this year is shaping up to be the BEST yet! Stay tuned for more event details to come, and check out sponsorship opportunities below…
All proceeds from this event will benefit La Plata Open Space Conservancy’s work to protect land and water here in the Southwest.
We really hope you will consider this wonderful sponsorship opportunity!
Read on for sponsorship levels and their perks. Please email sponsorship inquires to Adrienne at email@example.com.
$3,500.00 Sponsor– Entry in all marketing including logo on poster, full page ad in digital event program, social media posts, advertising banner placed at the event, 10 Anniversary Party tickets and 10 commemorative glasses. Recognized in follow up e-mail to all attendees.
$2,000.00 Sponsor– Entry in select marketing, advertising banner placed at the event, 2 social media posts, digital ad in event program, 6 Anniversary Party tickets and 6 commemorative glasses.
$1,200.00 Sponsor– Entry in select marketing, advertising banner placed at the event, ½ page ad in digital event program, 4 Anniversary Party tickets and 4 commemorative glasses.
$750.00 Sponsor– ½ page ad in digital event program, advertising banner placed at the event, 2 Anniversary tickets and 2 commemorative glasses.
$500.00 Sponsor– Advertising banner placed at the event, logo in program, 2 Anniversary Party tickets and 2 commemorative glasses.
IRS Safe Harbor Notice
The Charitable Conservation Easement Program Integrity Act, passed and signed into law in December 2022 to combat syndicated easements, contained a “Safe Harbor” provision. This provision directed the IRS to create Safe Harbor language for extinguishment/proceeds clauses and boundary line adjustments in conservation easements. The IRS has issued the Safe Harbor language and landowners now have until July 24, 2023 to amend their conservation easements to substitute the Safe Harbor language for provisions the IRS has determined are not acceptable. Conservation easements executed between 2008-2023 may be affected. This notice only impacts landowners who took a federal deduction when donating their conservation easement. LPOSC recommends landowners work with their lawyer and/or CPA to determine if their conservation easement may be impacted. LPOSC will send a separate notice to conservation easement donors for whom it has current contact information and who may be impacted.
The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. La Plata Open Space Conservancy is pleased to announce it is applying for accreditation. A public comment period is now open.
The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. La Plata Open Space Conservancy considers it a priority to fulfill the highest national standards for excellence and conservation permanence. Accredited land trusts have demonstrated fiscal accountability, strong organizational leadership, sound transactions and lasting stewardship of the lands they conserve.
The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how La Plata Open Space Conservancy complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.
To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments may also be mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments, 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.
Comments on La Plata Open Space Conservancy’s application will be most useful by July 21, 2023.
La Plata Open Space Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Your gift may be tax deductible. Our EIN number is: 84-1204273.