2017 Cheers for Conservation

Thank you to all who attended the 2017 Cheers for Conservation!

See more event photos here.

The Cranmer Award and the Colorado Community of Appraisers
This year’s award marks the 26th presentation of the George E. Cranmer Award, honoring the fourteen members of Colorado’s community of appraisers. The Award is named after the former Manager of Denver Parks and Improvements who, through vision, tenacity and force of personality, created a legacy of connecting Coloradans with the land.

We’re thrilled to have honored those who literally “value” conservation – all the appraisers that make our work possible. Before a landowner can receive the tax credit for the donation of their conservation easement, an appraiser must visit the land, review myriad assessments, and put a value on something that most of us consider priceless. Without them, our work would truly not be possible, and we wish to thank them for being an invaluable part of our critical conservation work.

The 2017 George E. Cranmer Honorees are:

Bill Boortz
Arnie Butler
Kevin Chandler
Greg Gerken
Charles Hegarty
Maggie Love
Kevin McCarty
Mike Nash
John Norton
Peter Sartucci
Kori Satterfield
Kevin Shea
Tim Walters
Mark Weston
About Five Fridges Farm

This 13-acre urban farm in the heart of Wheat Ridge is owned and operated by COL Board Member Dr. Amanda Weaver. Dr. Weaver uses the property as a classroom for her students and hosts agricultural demonstrations, keeps bees, grows vegetables, tends goats, and makes cheese and yogurt. From the chickens and the goats to vegetables and grains all of the projects at the farm are meant to refine research on how communities can grow sustainably with the water and soil.

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 Grant Family; winners of the 2015 George E. Cranmer Award

The Grant Family; winners of the 2015 George E. Cranmer Award

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.

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