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In The News

Land conservancy steps up to preserve Hidden Valley property

Durango Herald- November 17, 2017

Conservancy gathers support for 30 acres in Falls Creek

La Plata Open Space Conservancy will take the lead once again to gather community support for the preservation of 30 acres in Falls Creek, also known as Hidden Valley.

“Twenty five years ago we protected Hidden Valley,” said Amy Schwarzbach, executive director of the La Plata Open Space Conservancy. “And now we have the opportunity to protect the largest adjoining piece of private property available.”

Read the rest of the article HERE.


In The News

Property in Falls Creek faces uncertain future

Durango Herald – November 1, 2017

Photo by Durango Herald


Zink family, tired of trespassers, plans to sell 30 acres in Hidden Valley

Have you ever enjoyed the serene view from atop Falls Creek Falls, sitting beside the cascading waterfall, looking out on the lush, pastoral Animas Valley?

If you answered “yes,” whether knowingly or not, you have trespassed on Ed Zink’s property. And although for years Zink and his family, longtime Durangoans, have endured the unwelcomed guests, he recently said enough is enough.

Zink has told The Durango Herald that he intends to either sell the property to the public at a significantly discounted price to be conserved or he will sell the property to the highest bidder to be developed. “The amount of abuse we’re experiencing has been escalating,” Zink said. “We’re worn out and so we created a deadline.”

Read article here.


Ska Brewing’s 22nd Anniversary Brewers Invitational

We’re honored to be the non-profit beneficiary again this year for the annual-sold out early-

 SKA Brewing Anniversary Party!

Good Beer, Good People, supporting Good Causes.

We can’t speak highly enough of SKA and the good work they do (not to mention the good beer they craft). We can’t wait for September 9th to party with SKA and 30+ other craft brewers, food venders and music by Less Than Jake!

In The News

Investing In Colorado – CSU Study Shows Economic Benefits…

Iron Horse Bicycle Classic riders pass over 1,000 acres of land conserved by LPOSC conservation easements. Photo by Ben Brashear

A 2017 Colorado State University study on the economic benefits of land conservation in Colorado shows that residents of Colorado have received an estimated $5.5-$13.7 billion (US$2017) of economic benefits from land conserved by conservation easements while the State has invested roughly $1.1 billion (US$2017)– through approximately $280 million from GOCO and $772 million from the Conservation Easement Tax Credit program on these efforts since 1995. This represents roughly $4-$12 of public benefits provided by conserved land for each $1 invested by the State and a benefit per acre of about $2,700-$6,600 against an investment of about $500 in real 2017 dollars. GOCO investments have also been matched by over $760 million in local government and federal funding and real estate value donated by landowners.

Click here to read the full CSU report: ColoradoStateU_CE-ROI-study_web


Rochester Summer Concert Series in the Garden

Join the Rochester Hotel and the Community Foundation for a night of music benefiting La Plata Open Space Conservancy! Proceeds from the entire summer concert series are pooled and split between the ten participating nonprofits.

Concerts occur every Wednesday between June 28th and August 30th from 5-7pm at the Rochester Hotel’s Secret Garden. Tickets are $10 at the gate.


Farmer’s Market, May 13th

Join us us as we attend the Durango Farmers Market to enjoy local veggies, foods, coffee and live music!

When: May 13th 8am-noon

Where: First National Bank of Durango

In The News

Need a hero?

Durango Telegraph, 02/02/2017

La Plata Open Space celebrates legacy of land-protection superstars.

There’s a big difference between wanting to protect the land and being able to make it happen. The litany of legal lingo and financial mine-fields littering the path to land protection can be daunting, if not downright impossible to overcome.

Katharine Roser

The key to taking the leap is having the right guide, someone who knows their way around that burning ring of regulatory fire. Even better is an entire organization of guides dedicated to making land protection a priority.
For the past two and half decades, the La Plata Open Space Conservancy has helped private landowners and municipalities across the Four Corners protect thousands of acres of open space, including almost 2 percent of La Plata County alone.

With the conservancy’s 25th anniversary on the horizon, Executive Director Amy Schwarzbach felt it was time to celebrate the heroes – the guides – who made it all possible.

“The influence those individuals have had is heroic,” she said.

Inspired by Crested Butte’s Peace Museum Colorado, which honors “Peace Heroes” in the community each year, Schwarzbach created “Conservation Heroes.”

One of the first people she thought of was the conservancy’s founding executive director, Katharine Roser.
Not only did Roser serve as the conservancy’s executive director for 18 years, she helped form a statewide organization to protect open space called the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts and was involved with the creation of Great Outdoors Colorado, a program in which lottery revenues are used to protect or create parks and open space.

Read the full article HERE.