About Us

For over 25 years, La Plata Open Space Conservancy has functioned as a private, non profit, 501(c)(3) charitable organization serving southwestern Colorado and northwestern New Mexico.

Based in Durango, Colorado, LPOSC holds conservation easements in seven counties — La Plata, Montezuma, Hinsdale, Ouray, Archuleta, San Juan CO and San Juan NM.

Currently, LPOSC has worked to protect over 20,000 acres of land through conservation easements that have been donated by private and municipal landowners.

LPOSC is proud to have aided in the protection of an additional 10,000 acres protected by partnering land trusts and other land management organizations. These lands host qualities of significant value to our community, including open space, wildlife habitat, recreational parks, working family farms and ranches, and historical and archaeological resources.

In 2010, LPOSC gained national recognition as an Accredited Land Trust.

There are almost 1,700 land trusts across the United States. LPOSC is one of only 350 that are accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Our community and landowners can rest assured that through this mark of distinction, we uphold national standards and practices that best serve to protect open space in cooperation with private and municipal landowners and for the benefit of the general public.

The number of acres LPOSC protects increases each year, as landowners seek permanent ways to protect their property for the benefit of their family, the resources, the community and future generations.

Who We Are

Our directors are an unpaid, all-volunteer board that is devoted to the support and operations of LPOSC. Staff includes one full-time Executive Director, one full-time Stewardship Coordinator, and consultants hired for seasonal projects. The invaluable support and cooperation of volunteers, student interns, donors, and landowners ties our work together. Financial support of our work comes from our membership of over 500 individuals, donations and grants, and fundraising events.

Board of Directors

  • Mark Stiles
  • Jerry Zink
  • Ted Compton
  • Adam Reeves
  • Brian Magee
  • Amy Huff
  • Steve Pease
  • Sandy Friedley


  • Patrick Barker
  • Executive Director
  • Jamie Johnson 
  • Stewardship Director
  • Lea Parks Novak
  • Development Director


Former Board Members

  • Kim Baxter ~ 2016
  • Travis Craig ~ 2006-2015
  • Jennifer Jardine ~ 2013-2015
  • Bruce Baizel ~ 2010-2014
  • Jonathan Abshagen ~ 2011-2012
  • Nancy Agro ~ 2010-2011
  • Brian Kimmel ~ 2007-2014
  • Travis Brown ~ 2007-2013
  • Tom Compton ~ 2005-2011
  • Peter Testa ~ 2004-2005
  • Cary Carron ~ 2002-2012
  • Newt White ~ 2002-2004
  • Charles McAfee ~ 2002-2003
  • Karlene Stange ~ 2002
  • Bob Miller ~ 2002-2012
  • B. Stephens Parker ~ 2002-2003
  • Nancy Berry ~ 1998-2013
  • Stephen Wheeldon ~ 1996-2007

Ex Officio Advisors

  • Katherine Roser (Conservation Consultant)
  • Keith Newbold (Attorney; Newbold, Chapman, and Geyer PC)
  • Brad Tafoya (CPA; Tafoya Barrett and Associates PC)
  • Tom Compton (Rancher, Educator)
  • Brian Kimmel (Land Use Consultant; Southwest Land Services, Inc.)
  • G. Stephen Wheeldon (Investment Advisor; Intelligent Investment Management, LLP)
  • James Brost (Investment Advisor; Intelligent Investment Management, LLP)

Photo Credits

  • Rich Donley
  • Rich Fletcher
  • Chris Warren
  • Anthony Culpepper
  • Jamie Johnson
  • Glenn Tinnin
  • Matt McFee
  • Hannah Johnson
  • Amy Schwarzbach



  • Helen Ruth Aspaas
  • John Hartley
  • Mary Austin
  • Thomas Larsen
  • Margaret Babiarz
  • Kendra Marquez
  • Ilsi Bazaldua
  • Cindy Morin
  • Lynndee Beller
  • Nancy Ottman
  • Nancy Berry
  • Sue Petranek
  • Chester Brandt
  • Anna Riling
  • Mitchell Carter
  • Jeri Sampson
  • Myra Carter
  • Carol Shepard
  • Phyllis Dodson Ceglia
  • Kate Siber
  • Jen Clayton
  • Alicia Siow
  • Teresa DiTore
  • David Steele
  • Rich Donley
  • Bernie Stiles
  • Rich Fletcher
  • Scott Still
  • David Golden
  • Ken Tallman
  • Cody Gray
  • Laura Vaughn
  • James Haberer
  • Greg Walton
  • John Hackman

Annual Reports

Download the 2017 Annual Report


2016 Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report

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2014 Annual Report

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2011-13 Annual Report

Download the 2011-13 Annual Report