On June 4th, we were proud to honor the Legacy Land Trust Board of Directors, 1993-2016 with the 25th annual George E. Cranmer Award. Check out photos from the reception here, or photos from the landscape tour here!
2016 George E. Cranmer Award Recipient – Legacy Land Trust Board of Directors, 1993-2016
Northern Colorado enjoys some of the finest farming, ranching and natural lands in the state. From Berthoud and Buckeye, to Loveland and the Laramie Foothills, the region’s remarkable landscapes have inspired residents and visitors alike for generations.
For 23 years, Legacy Land Trust worked with landowners to conserve Northern Colorado’s most important land and resources. This February, Legacy Land Trust merged with, and became part of, Colorado Open Lands. The merger combines the organizations’ respective strengths for greater impact and efficiency, improves the overall pace, quality and permanence of land conservation in Northern Colorado, and ensures that the great conservation work of Legacy Land Trust remains protected in perpetuity.
The award honors and celebrates the legacy of perpetual land conservation that Legacy Land Trust created and fostered throughout Northern Colorado.
History of Cheers and the George E. Cranmer Award
Each Spring, Colorado Open Lands hosts Cheers for Conservation, to celebrate the leaders, landowners, and landscapes of Colorado. The event has a dual purpose: as a fundraiser to support Colorado Open Lands’ conservation work, and also to honor an individual or group for their lifetime of achievements in support of Colorado’s outdoors, land conservation, and open space.
The George E. Cranmer Award is named for the former Manager of Denver Parks and Improvements (1935-1947). Mr. Cranmer is credited with establishing Denver’s Park and Recreational system, and he was the driving force in developing Red Rocks Amphitheater, Winter Park and many of the city’s public pools. The Cranmer Award goes to a person who has distinguished themselves in open space preservation by going above and beyond what others have done, and often get things completed through determination and force of personality, leaving a legacy that will be valued and enjoyed for generations to come – all characteristics that reflect Mr. Cranmer’s personality and legacy.
Former winners of the George E. Cranmer Award include The Grant Family, Valerie Gates, Steve Wooten – Beatty Canyon Ranch, Sue Anschutz Rodgers, George Beardsley, The Colorado Forum, and many more distinguished Coloradans. Click here to see photos from last year’s event.