Land trust hosts Annual Event and Fundraiser on Nov. 17 

The Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas hosts its Annual Event and Fundraiser at Mountain Princeton Hot Springs Resort on Thursday, Nov. 17, from 5:30-9 p.m.

The land trust has redefined its vision and mission and set new goals that will triple its pace of conservation over the next decade, including a commitment to protect an additional 20,000 acres by 2026. These new plans, developed through months of strategic planning by the board of directors and staff, will be highlighted during the event. 

Since its inception in 2001, the land trust has helped protect more than 9,000 acres of land and restored miles of waterways in its service area, which includes Chaffee, Lake, Saguache, Fremont and western Park counties.

“We have done a lot of good work so far, but considering the region’s projected population growth and concerns over our healthy watersheds, we realize that it is a pivotal time for conservation in Central Colorado,” Executive Director Andrew Mackie said. “This new strategic plan will significantly increase our impact and support our efforts well into the future.”

In addition to land protection, the nonprofit’s new strategy focuses on watershed health and connecting communities in the region to conservation.

“We held focus groups and membership surveys, plus many hours of board meetings to develop this new plan,” Mackie said. “I look forward to introducing these exciting changes to the community at the event.”

The event is the land trust’s largest annual fundraiser. More than $20,000 worth of goods are available during the silent auction that raises money to support conservation projects in Central Colorado.

Items up for grabs during the silent auction include ski gear and lift tickets, international travel opportunities, guided outdoor adventures, gift certificates to dozens of local establishments, and much more. The evening includes appetizers, a cash bar, and a presentation of the Conservationist Award to a surprise recipient. 

A special presentation will be given by Denver’s first and only Chief Sustainability Officer, Jerry Tinianow, who will address how Denver and the state’s regions are connected on important topics such as water availability, watershed health and food production.

Tickets cost $40 for land trust members and $45 for non-members. They are on sale online and can also be purchased at the land trust office, 128 E. First St., Salida, and by calling the office at 539-7700.

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