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.
Board of Directors
In 1998, the Trybas purchased the William G. Fisher mansion in downtown Denver. They restored and renovated the house and ballroom for Tryba Architects and for their family residence. Ms. Tryba hosts numerous events for philanthropic organizations at their home and office.
The Trybas are members of the 12 Mile Ranch in South Park, for which Colorado Open Lands holds an easement. The process of siting and building the cabin within the guidelines of COL, learning about water management on the ranch and touring other conserved properties with COL, has been an immersive and impactful experience. Ms. Tryba has introduced COL to the young, energetic staff at Tryba Architects and to members of The Garden Club of Denver, examples of opportunities to connect COL to the greater community.
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.
Eric Wilkinson served as General Manager of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (Northern Water) and its Municipal Subdistrict for 24 years, having been appointed to the position in January 1994 and resigning as General Manager in April 2018. He continued to serve Northern Water as a Senior Policy Advisor through September 2018. Mr. Wilkinson continues to serve on various advisory boards and committees and is on the Board of Directors of Colorado Water Congress. He was born and raised in the Fort Collins, Colorado, area. He attended Colorado State University and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. He and his wife, Janice, currently reside in the Windsor area.
Foundation Board of Directors
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.