Purpose/Charge: The Advisory Board will work in partnership with COL to ensure that CCLC’s mission, lands, resources, and responsibilities to landowners, supporters, and the community are well represented, managed, and advanced in the mountain and foothills region of the Clear Creek area.
– New conservation project outreach in the Clear Creek area and community
– Stewardship activities on former CCLC conservation easements
– Continuing CE development activities
Advisory Board Members
Greg Holden – Chair
Greg is active with land preservation and monitors several COL, formerly Clear Creek Land Conservancy (CCLC), landholdings and easements. “Clear Creek Canyon,” says Greg, “is my backyard and its preservation is my first priority in life.” Greg was very active with CCLC prior to its merger with COL in 2020. He joined the CCLC Board of Directors in 1990, was elected Vice President in 1995, Secretary in 2007 and President in September, 2010.
Outside CCLAB, Greg is a retired Geology Professor from the Colorado School of Mines who taught petrology and field geology for 30 years. Greg grew up in Southern California, then went to college in Washington and Wyoming before moving to Golden in 1978 to teach at Mines. He has been active in Golden government, having served as a Golden City Councilman in the 1980s and as a member of the Golden Planning Commission in the 1990s. Hiking is Greg’s passion, and he spends much of the year out on the trails. His favorite hikes in the Canyon are the Beaver Brook trail (best walked from Stapleton Drive down to his home in Golden) and the main loop trail at Centennial Cone.
George (Rock) Pring
Rock was a founder of CCLC in 1986 and served as its President from 1986-2009. He is a University of Denver Professor of Law Emeritus, and still researches, publishes, and consults in Environmental and International Law. He and his wife Kitty Pring established the DU Environmental Courts and Tribunals Study and have authored two of the pioneering books on this exploding phenomenon which has them advising all over the world.
He has worked in a national law firm for local government and development interests, served as Chief of Environmental Litigation for Ohio, and established the Environmental Defense Fund office here in the Rocky Mountain-Great Plains region.
Rock now focuses on the CCLAB work he loves best – advising property owners on land preservation and drafting the Conservation Easements that protect our Canyon country for all time.
Jeff was born in North Iowa in 1949 and in later years worked as an assistant biologist for the Iowa Conservation Commission conducting duck, pheasant, and partridge nesting surveys. His responsibilities also included creel census surveys, and waterfowl banding. Jeff holds a B.S. in Biology and Chemistry from Minnesota State University, which he obtained in 1972. His M.A. is in social and multicultural foundations in science teaching (with an emphasis on endangered species recovery efforts).
He authored the “wildlife” section of the Mt Vernon Land Use Plan and was an advisory committee member and participant in the design council for Clear Creek Canyon: A Plan for the Future. During the Sheep Mountain Quarry and the Flynn Property hearings, he was a CCLC witness and gave expert testimony. Jeff was a high school science teacher from 1972 until retirement in 2004. His teaching focused on field studies, and resource management. He executed a tribal permit to locate, document and map Basketmaker sites on the Navajo Reservation with High School students from 1996 until 2005. Jeff has been a participant in and board member of CCLC for over 20 years.
Michelle is active in the world of volunteerism and land conservation nonprofits. Michelle is a relative newcomer to the CCLC Board, having joined in 2014. She has been on the Board of PLAN Jeffco since 2008, of which she is now co-President and Board Chair, and in that time has worked hard to ensure the success of various PJ conferences, events, and initiatives. Part of her strategy to better understand land conservation in Jefferson County is to liaise with the Jeffco Open Space Advisory Committee (OSAC). PLAN Jeffco has recently launched a Conservation Stewardship Academy in partnership with Jeffco Open Space, a 7-week conservation awareness program for interested adults. Michelle is also on the Board of C.A.R.E. (Canyon Area Residents for the Environment), VP of her local neighborhood association, and a member of Rocky Mountain Collie-Sheltie Rescue. Her “day job” is President and Chief Enterprise Architect of Mount Vernon Data Systems, a BBB A+ accredited database consulting company. Michelle lives on Lookout Mountain, in unincorporated JeffCo, with her two best pals, Caitlin Claire and Liam Sean, both rescue Collies, with whom she enjoys daily trekking in the forests.
Patrick Ciganer is an executive with a background in critical infrastructure technology investment and management including addressing the emerging challenges related to the energy/water nexus. He is currently a co-founder of the World Sustainability Foundation Network which includes an initiative aimed at enhancing the operational performance of water utilities through the use of Deep Learning applied to regional climate risk identification and modeling.
Previous functions included senior executive service positions at DOE, NGA and NASA. While at DOE, he represented the Department on the Board of the US Water Partnership, a Public/Private Partnership sponsored by the State Department focused on identifying and deploying US technology solutions addressing water management and distribution challenges in various parts of the world. He also developed and implemented the annual Interagency Roundtable on Climate Change and National Security concept bringing together senior representatives from all Cabinet-level agencies. The main objective of the roundtable was to foster the exchange of ideas and strategies aimed at mitigating climate change impacts in various areas such as agriculture, transportation, energy and urban growth. While at NASA, Mr. Ciganer led the Integrated Financial/Enterprise Management Program and the Red Planet Capital initiative geared at fostering the rapid development and deployment of mission driven, cost-effective, dual-use technologies.
At an early age, Janice arrived in Colorado with her family and soon moved to Rilliet Park on Lookout Mountain west of Golden in 1959. She has remained in the area since then. Along with her husband Mark and children, she has enjoyed living in Rilliet Park, hiking, skiing, and exploring the surrounding areas, resulting in a deep passion for the land and the environment.
Janice observed Clear Creek Land Conservancy’s early days of formation and was a part of Rilliet Park Association when it became one of the first parcels to be conserved through CCLC. She has served on and alongside the board of Rilliet Park for 35 years, as board member, secretary, and past president, following in the footsteps of her father, Charles Miller, who also served for decades on the board. Early on she came to know founding members of Rilliet Park and Colorado Mountain Club, fostering a love for the history of the area, the land, and its people.
Janice believes it is an honor to serve with others that have a passion for preserving the land that inspires and nurtures us, for ourselves and future generations.
Jamen moved to Colorado in 2014 and to Lookout Mountain in Golden in 2019. She has been actively engaged in environmental causes and land conservation for much of her life, including through providing pro bono assistance to community land trusts and environmental and sustainability nonprofits. She is a Managing Director at StoneTurn, LLP in Denver. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in International Studies and received her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
CCLAB welcomes interested community members to contact the Chair about openings on the Advisory Board. CCLAB has up to 10 members.
Commitment: CCLAB meets quarterly for about an hour to discuss projects and share updates. Members volunteer to take on whatever projects pique their interest and usually work closely with a COL staff member to move it forward.
Members are encouraged to participate in CCLAB for as long as they would like and as long as they can commit sufficient time to the projects they take on.