Conservancy Hosts Educational Hike/Snowshoe Events

Want to learn more about our local wildlife?

Join us in learning to identify tracks and scat and other signs left behind by our winter animal residents and how animals survive the winter.

The Central Colorado Conservancy is hosting a free hike or snowshoe (depending upon conditions) to a conservation easement in Raspberry Gulch on Saturday, February 9, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon. This private protected property is an in-holding in the San Isabel National Forest west of Nathrop, CO.

Another hike/snowshoe will be to Cottonwood Lake, west of Buena Vista, on Saturday, March 9, 2019 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Both hikes will be led by wildlife biologist Cindy Lawrence. She will also be discussing forest ecology, habitat associations, and the importance of conservation easements.

The hike will be at a casual pace and we will stop often to read the landscape. If we need snowshoes, no prior snowshoe experience is required.

Participants can bring their own snowshoes or they can be rented from Salida Mountains Sports or the Trailhead, if needed. No pets please. The hike is free, but pre-registration is required. Registration is required to get specific meeting directions or carpooling information. Email [email protected] or call the office at 719-539-7700 to register and for additional information.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather conditions including a hat, gloves, layers and sunscreen. Water is also suggested.

Over the past 25 years, Lawrence has been working as a wildlife biologist for the United States Forest Service, the Bureau of Land Management, Tribal agencies, nonprofits and also in the private sector for both companies and individuals.

She has worked on a number of projects involving biological surveys and habitat assessments throughout the western states, primarily in Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico. She holds a BS in wildlife management from Humboldt State University.

The Central Colorado Conservancy is a nonprofit, membership organization working in five counties. The Conservancy has helped protect over 15,000 acres and restored miles of rivers in Central Colorado. We hold 36 conservation easements. A conservation easement protects the property in perpetuity but keeps the land in private ownership and available for traditional land uses. The Conservancy continues to work on protecting vital wildlife migration corridors and habitats in central Colorado.

For more information about the Central Colorado Conservancy and how to become a member, please visit or call (719) 539-7700.
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