Posts By: Hayden Mellsop

The Last Cast of the Day

The day had been long, and from a fish catching point of view, barren. A sleek rainbow had taken my dry fly out of the morning’s first run, rising to it warily and following it downstream for few seconds before committing. Now, the sun had dipped beyond the ridge tops to the west, and despite thoroughly covering a couple of miles of pocket water and glides to the best of my abilities, nothing more had come to my fly. First [...]

Land Trust Hosts Beaver Workshop

On November 6, 2014 the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas is sponsoring a program on Living with Beavers, 7 to 8:30 pm, Community Room of the Sangre de Cristo Electric Association, 29780 Highway 24, Buena Vista, Colorado. The program will be presented by Bill Goosmann a riparian ecologist who has managed statewide wetlands programs for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Colorado Department of Transportation.

Bill will discuss techniques that can be used by both private landowners and public [...]

What Happened To Summer?

It comes as a shock to realize that in a few short weeks, the mountainsides will be swathed with orange and gold. A subtle shift will have taken place in the tilt of the earth and in the tint of blue in the sky, and we will suddenly realize that summer, once again, has snuck by while we were busy making plans about how to spend it.

That Floating Feeling

The urge could be ignored no longer. The lengthening days, the return of bird song, the first of the year’s weeds greening and pushing through the still brown, dormant lawn. It was time to consign winter to the dustbin and admit that spring is in the air.

Remind me again why I do this?

“For the last hour or so, I’ve thought of many things, but I can’t remember a single one.” Bill was slowly turning circles on the county road, while I leaned over my handle bars, feet unclipped from my pedals, gasping like a fish too long out of water. I nodded agreement. We’d reached the far out of our ride, an eight mile climb from town, and it was time to turn around and head back down. I drained the last [...]

Land Trust seeks project co-ordinator

The Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas, based in Salida, is seeking applications for the position of project co-ordinator under the Americorps OSM/Vista program.

OSM/Vista is a program run by the Office of Surface Mining, and Americorps Vista (Volunteer in Service to America) where volunteers live and work in communities still facing challenges remaining from historic mining.

Tasks include grant writing, developing a volunteer program, public outreach and building partnerships and collaborations with like minded organizations.

Applicants must be United States citizens, preferably [...]

Land Trust sponsors “Voices of the Valley: an Evening of Stories and Poetry about the Land and Water of the Upper Arkansas Valley”

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at 7:00 pm the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas will be conducting an event entitled, “Voices of the Valley” at The Book Haven in Salida. This will be an evening of stories and poetry about the Upper Arkansas Valley and will include a special reading by Susan Tweit, along with readings by the Shavano Poets. We are pleased to have Salida’s own Susan Tweit as our very special guest. Susan is an accomplished writer [...]

Land Trust offers wetlands program

The Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas is conducting the following program for the general public:

Wetlands Program and Field Trip
Program – May 14, 2013, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Salida Community Center
Field Trip – May 18, 2013, 8:30 am to 11:30 am, location close to Salida, details given the night of the program. 


Join us for an exploration of wetlands. What are wetlands? Why are they so important? Why should we care? And, what types of wetlands are found in [...]