News & Events

Ska Brewers Event

La Plata Open Space Conservancy has had the amazing opportunity to be the beneficiary of the Annual SKA Brewers Party two years in a row… With 3,000 beer lovers present to sample beer from 35 breweries and listen to several bands – LPOSC had the great experience of mingling with community members who enjoy open

Farmers Market Booth

La Plata Open Space Conservancy hosts an educational booth at the Durango Farmers Market each summer, making itself available to its community to learn about land conservation. Nestled among farmers and ranchers who produce local food – some on conservation easement properties – LPOSC sets up on Saturday mornings to answer questions and help local

Pastures of James Ranch to remain undeveloped ‘forever’

Durango Herald 04/19/2016 Family Places final conservation easement on James Ranch The James Ranch has become an iconic landmark in Durango, known for its lush pastures and fresh food. And now, the deeply rooted family has taken steps to ensure the bulk of the 420-acre property will remain that way for generations. Recently, the Jameses

Efforts to bring Lake Nighthorse water to the thirsty begin

Durango Herald, 04/16/2016 Pipeline to bid; construction on horizon After years of planning, a key constituent to water security in southwest La Plata County is on its way. A 4.6-mile pipeline that will carry water from Lake Nighthorse to Lake Durango went to bid March 31, and construction is expected to start within a month.

Tax break could encourage land conservation

Durango Herald, 12/31/2015 Congress makes permanent incentives for conservation easements Landowners promise an unchanging, open landscape when they place a conservation easement on their property, and now, in return, Congress has guaranteed them the assurance of an annual tax break. On Dec. 18, Congress showed an uncharacteristic 318-109 bipartisan vote that makes tax incentives for

Couple restores mining-era boardinghouse outside Silverton

Durango Herald, 10/7/2015  Couple restores mining-era boardinghouse outside Silverton Dr. Bob Brokering always wanted a little log cabin in the woods, so when his wife was in Europe, he bought one. Only it wasn’t little. It was the historic miners’ boarding house adjacent to the Animas River outside Silverton near Eureka – 11,000 square feet

Open Space Conservancy hands out annual awards

Durango Herald, 09/23/2015  Open Space Conservancy hands out annual awards It has been a busy year for the La Plata Open Space Conservancy, and at the nonprofit’s annual appreciation picnic Sunday, two awards were handed out to major contributors. Lynndee Beller received the Volunteer Award and Cathy Metz received the Conservation Award. Read the full article

Annual Appreciation Picnic

Each year, Friends of Open Space gather for a family picnic and to show appreciation for contributions made in conserving cherished lands in our community. Fun and casual, LPOSC’s annual picnic brings conservation easement landowners and community members together to simply enjoy each other’s company. LPOSC also takes this opportunity to award its volunteer and

Beer with character

Durango Herald, 08/08/2015 Beer with character Ska Brewing Co. celebrates its 20th anniversary this weekend. This year’s sold-out anniversary party will feature The Denver Vintage Reggae Society, the Mad Caddies and Reel Big Fish. Proceeds from the event, which can add up to $5,000, will be donated to La Plata Open Space Conservancy, an environmental

Durango city boards OK closure of illegal mountain-bike trails

Durango Herald, 05/07/2015 Durango city boards OK closure of illegal mountain-bike trails The Parks and Recreation and Natural Land Preservation advisory boards voted by an overwhelming majority to approve a natural-surface trails report that designates mountain-bike trails in City-owned conservation easements, Overend Mountain Park, Dalla Mountain Park and Horse Gulch, for closure and outlines some