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We're delighted to welcome our new President and CEO, Tony Caligiuri! Tony recently concluded his six years of service with the National Wildlife Federation, most recently serving as Senior Vice President, Conservation and Education. Prior to that, he served for eighteen years as Chief of Staff for U.S. Congressman Wayne T. Gilchrest. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. Tony, who grew up on a farm, is an avid hiker and lover of the outdoors. Dan Pike will remain on staff through the conclusion of 2014 to assist with the transition. Read full announcement here.
We have utilized our loan program to approve $25,000 to Revision International, a local nonprofit interested in “working with people in marginalized neighborhoods to develop leaders, cultivate community food systems, and grow resilient local economies.” Our loan will allow Revision purchase land to create a local food co-op to bring fresh produce to an underserved, largely Hispanic food desert in West Denver. More info coming soon!
Colorado Open Lands is excited to welcome Cinceré Eades as its newest Future Conservation Leaders Fellow! Ms. Eades will spend her two-year fellowship with Denver Parks and Recreation and the Denver Office of Sustainability. Her work will focus on protecting and enhancing Denver’s parks, natural areas and waterways, particularly along the South Platte River and the city’s system of gulches. Full announcement here.
New blog post by Dan Pike: With integrity and fairness to all. This entry tells the story of ranchers Stan and Bonnie Irby, and their protracted battle with the IRS over the value of the easement on their 970-acre ranch in central Colorado.
Colorado Open Lands has moved! Please update your records. New address:
355 South Teller Street, Suite 210
Lakewood, CO 80226
Congratulations to the two newest graduates of our Fellowship program! Edalin Koziol and Jon Leibowitz have been hired to full-time positions with Colorado Water Trust and Montezuma Land Conservancy, respectively. Thank you to the Argosy Foundation and a private individual for funding these positions!
We're renewed! We're pleased to announce that our accreditation has been renewed by Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent.
In 2013, we protected 9,688 acres! One example of the beauty and natural resources that have been protected for all of us is the Lake San Cristobal Inlet Preservation & Fishing Access Project