2019 Cheers for Conservation

Honoring Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy

June 6, 2019, 5:30-8:00pm
Five Fridges Farm, 11100 W 38th Ave, Wheat Ridge

This Celebration Includes:

     Hearty farm dinner featuring beef from Deer Valley Park Association, permanently conserved by COL in 2013
     Selection of beer generously provided by Colorado Native, the preferred beer of Colorado Open Lands
     Valet parking by Jay’s Valet
     Silent auction featuring opportunities to sip, savor, experience, and enjoy Colorado

See photos from the 2018 event here.

About Five Fridges Farm, conserved with COL in 1991
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.

Honoring Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy with the 28th Annual George E. Cranmer Award
Since its creation in 1996, Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy has helped families preserve more than 45,000 acres of ranchland. We are proud to partner with GRCL to ensure that productive agricultural lands remain among Colorado’s changing landscape.

Sponsorship opportunities still available!
For more information, please contact Alyssa Acosta at 303.988.2373 ext. 216.


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 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 Colorado’s community of appraisers, The Grant Family, Valerie Gates, Steve Wooten – Beatty Canyon Ranch, Sue Anschutz Rodgers, George Beardsley, The Colorado Forum, and many more distinguished Coloradans.

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