The Colorado Open Lands Board of Directors is comprised of individuals who give generously of their time and resources to ensure our success. With backgrounds in land, water, law, finance, business, and philanthropy, they provide invaluable expertise and wisdom to guide Colorado Open Lands’ practices and activities. Members serve on the COL Board of Directors and the COL Foundation Board of Directors.
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families. Now in its fifteenth year, ACE has provided more than 15,000 scholarships and funding commitments exceeding $26 million. Norton attended the University of Colorado on a golf scholarship and received his degree in business marketing. He is actively involved in the Denver community and is the founder of Men of Faith, a quarterly breakfast series targeted to men in the Denver area. He is also the founder of Rough Riders, a quarterly breakfast series that features local and national political leaders. Norton is the coach for his boys’ competitive baseball team, plays golf and enjoys fly fishing. Norton and his wife,
Kara, have been married for 12 years and have two sons and one daughter.
owns the thirteen-acre Five Fridges Farm, which is permanently protected under conservation easement with Colorado Open Lands. Dr. Weaver frequently
hosts agricultural demonstrations on her property where she keeps bees, grows vegetables, tends goats, and makes cheese and yogurt. Dr. Weaver received her first bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, a master’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Ph.D. at University of Denver.
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After working in the Illinois and Washington D.C. offices of The Nature Conservancy, Dan came to Colorado in 1975 as Director of the organization’s Rocky Mountain Field Office, managing programs in Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming. A founder and principal in the Western Land Group, he specialized in completing land exchanges with government agencies from 1981 to 1996. Dan was hired as President of Colorado Open Lands in 1997. He was a founding Board member of both the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy, a non-profit agricultural land preservation group in Gunnison County, and the Mountain Area Land Trust in Evergreen, Colorado. He is past Vice-Chairman of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, and has served on several committees for the Land Trust Alliance. He has also served on three Governor’s Open Space Commissions, and was the first chair of the Conservation Easement Oversight Commission, established by the legislature to provide oversight to the State’s conservation easement program.
Dan received his BA from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the University of Colorado Real Estate Institute.