The Q for Conservation

Thank you to all who attended our 10th annual Q for Conservation!

See photos from this year’s event featuring Peter Heller, Gary McMahan, and our Champions of the Land, Lise Aangeenbrug and Will Shafroth here.

Special thanks to our Honorary Host Committee, Sponsors and In-Kind Donors.

Host Committee
Michael Dowling, Committee Chair
Pam Beardsley
Ken Gart
Governor John Hickenlooper
Phil and Susan James
Amie Knox and Jim Kelley
Laurie Mathews
Tom Romer
Secretary Ken Salazar
Harris D. Sherman
Cody J Smith
Sue and Jim Spaanstra

Diamond Sponsors
Michael P. Dowling
The Summit Foundation

Gold Sponsors
Pamela Beardsley
The Trinchera Blanca Foundation, an affiliate of Louis Bacon’s Moore Charitable Foundation
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Valerie Gates
Holland & Hart LLP
Land Title Guarantee Company
Lockton Companies
Turner Foundation
John Woodard
Ruth and Ken Wright

In-Kind Sponsors
Duke Beardsley
The Flyfisher Group
Dr. Don Aptekar
Trinchera Ranch
Ron Brady
Colorado Native, the preferred beer of Colorado Open Lands

Randy Moore
Cydney Beadles
Tessa Goldhamer
Tyler Johnson

Background on The Q
In addition to creative thinking and bold action, conservation involves collaboration with many individuals and organizations across the state. For the past nine years, Colorado Open Lands (COL) has hosted The Q For Conservation, a celebration to honor and convene those committed to conservation in Colorado. The Q attracts leaders in business, policy and philanthropy, all of whom play a fundamental role in our mission, and who have together helped raise critical funds to support land conservation throughout our state. The evening program features a special address from a distinguished guest of honor. Past Q events have included Ted Turner, Secretary Ken Salazar, historian Douglas Brinkley, John Malone and National Geographic.

About the Champion of the Land Award
The Champion of the Land award was established to recognize influential individuals who have demonstrated leadership, foresight and a strong land ethic, resulting in lasting impacts on our state. Our inaugural recipients, Dean Singleton and Dan Ritchie, laid the foundation of a new tradition that last year, continued with our selection of the 2015 recipient, Harris D. Sherman, and our 2016 honorees, Lise Aangeenbrug and Will Shafroth.

For more information, please contact Brandy Bertram at 303.988.2373 or

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