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Events

Introducing Patrick Barker, LPOSC’s Executive Director

Patrick joined La Plata Open Space Conservancy in June after practicing law and, previously, working with a grassroots non-profit organization, since 2005, all in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.  Patrick most recently practiced law with Karp Neu Hanlon, P.C., focusing on water, real estate, oil and gas, construction, local government, and special district matters.  In Patrick’s non-profit work, which was done with Western Colorado Congress in the face of the early-2000s oil and gas boom and the prospect of renewed oil shale production in northwestern Colorado, he focused on improving surface owner rights in split estate situations and energy development policy.  Prior to relocating to Glenwood Springs, Patrick worked as a National Park Service ranger at Sequoia National Park in California; served as an environmental education volunteer with the Peace Corps in Lesotho, southern Africa; and in between those experiences, traveled extensively by bicycle throughout Africa and South America.

Although Patrick was raised in a small West Virginia town located along the banks of the Ohio River, his early exposure to West Virginia skiing and whitewater, and his affinity for sunshine and semi-arid climates, naturally drew him to the Rocky Mountain region.  Patrick, however, first obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from West Virginia University.  When not working, and depending on the season, Patrick entertains himself through resort and backcountry telemark skiing; whitewater boating; wilderness backpacking; riding bicycles and motorcycles; reading history; and occasionally watching a college football game.

Patrick views land trust work as perhaps the best and highest professional calling for his skillset, knowledge, values, and energy.  He desires to utilize the same to help grow LPOSC’s staff expertise, its portfolio of conserved lands in southwestern Colorado, and its influence in the land conservation community, both within and outside Colorado.

As Patrick noted, “Although LPOSC has established a distinguished record of serving the public in southwestern Colorado by permanently conserving more than 30,000 acres of land with significant open space, wildlife habitat, or recreational value since its organization in 1992, LPOSC and all land trusts face significant obstacles in the years ahead as a result of many evolving factors.  I view the opportunity to guide LPOSC through those obstacles as both a challenge and a reward, and I am grateful that LPOSC’s Board of Directors, on behalf of all supporters of land conservation in southwestern Colorado, has entrusted me with this great responsibility.  By spreading the word about these obstacles to friends of open space whose energy we have not been able to harness to date, I’m confident that LPOSC will overcome those obstacles and thrive well into the future.”

Events

Snowdown Wine & Spirits Tasting

 

Snowdown Annual Wine & Spirits Tasting & Silent Auction

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2018

Time: 4:30pm – 8:00pm

Place: Mutu’s Italian Kitchen

It’s that time of year! It’s our Annual Snowdown Wine & Spirits Tasting & Silent Auction!

Purchase Tickets HERE.

2018 marks the 24th LPOSC Snowdown Event. We anticipate a packed house, full of wonderful supporters in Mutu’s to sample and celebrate! Guests will enjoy sampling carefully selected varietals of wine by Animas Wine & Spirits, and craft spirits from local and regional distilleries (Durango Craft Spirits, Honeyville Honey House Distillery, Woods Mountain Distillery & Peach Street Distilling), along with local foods from Sunnyside Meats and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Responding to community requests, LPOSC once again focused its silent auction and raffle on “quality of life” items that connect LPOSC supporters to land conservation. From a llama guided day hike with lunch provided, to an Alpacka Raft, to fly fishing on private conservation easements – the auction and raffle should have great energy and be are a fun way to support LPOSC in its work.

LPOSC would like to thank our event sponsors for making this year’s event possible:

Gold Level Sponsors: Bank of Colorado, Jerry & Karen Zink, Kennebec Construction, LPEA, Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel, and Tafoya Barrett & Associates.

Silver Level Sponsors: Animas Wine & Spirits, Compton Cattle Company, ImageNet Consulting, Intelligent Investment Management, Priority Financial Partners, RMBA Architects, Reynolds, Ash & Associates Architecture & Engineering, Russell Engineering & Planning Inc., Steve & Jeannie Wheeldon, and the Strater Hotel.

Bronze Level Sponsors: Amber Johnson with Durango Land & Homes,  Colorado Water & Land Law, Durango Electrical Services, ImageNet Consulting, Jay Short Insurance, Jayne’s Corporation, and Oxford Asset Management.

Supporting Businesses & Donors Include:  2nd Avenue Sports, 4 Corners Riversports, Adam Reeves, Alpacka Raft, Andrew Gulliford, Animas Wine & Liquor, Backcountry Experience, the Bartig-Small Family, Bedrock Packs, the Brown Family, Carver Brewing Co., Durango Party Rental, Fresh Off the Press, the Fossel Family, Gardenswartz, Glacier Club,  Jeff Jessing, Jeff McGarvin Photography, John Fielder, Karyn Gabaldon, King Cage, Kroeger’s Ace Hardware, Leland Holiday, Monique Holiday, Mutu’s Italian Kitchen, Native Roots, the Nordic Center, Osprey Packs Inc., Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Osprey Packs, Pathfinder Chiropractic, Pine Needle Mountaineering, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, SKA Brewing, Sunnyside Meats, Tafoya Barrett & Associates staff, Toh-Atin Gallery, Williams & Hall Outfitters.

Purchase Tickets HERE.

 

 

Events

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!

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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.

Events

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

Events

Annual Snowdown Event

Our Annual Snowdown Wine & Spirits Tasting & Silent Auction was a HUGE success!

2018 marked the 24th LPOSC Snowdown Event. We had a packed house, full of wonderful supporters in Mutu’s to sample and celebrate. Guests enjoyed sampling carefully selected varietals of wine by Animas Wine & Spirits, and craft spirits from local and regional distilleries (Durango Craft Spirits, Honeyville Honey House Distillery, Woods Mountain Distillery & Peach Street Distilling), along with local foods from Sunnyside Meats and Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory.

Responding to community requests, LPOSC once again focused its silent auction and raffle on “quality of life” items that connect LPOSC supporters to land conservation. From a llama guided day hike with lunch provided, to an Alpacka Raft, to fly fishing on private conservation easements – the auction and raffle had great energy and were a fun way to support LPOSC in its work.

LPOSC would like to thank our event sponsors for making this year’s event possible:

Gold Level Sponsors: Bank of Colorado, Jerry & Karen Zink, Kennebec Construction, LPEA, Maynes, Bradford, Shipps & Sheftel, and Tafoya Barrett & Associates.

Silver Level Sponsors: Animas Wine & Spirits, Compton Cattle Company, ImageNet Consulting, Intelligent Investment Management, Priority Financial Partners, RMBA Architects, Reynolds, Ash & Associates Architecture & Engineering, Russell Engineering & Planning Inc., Steve & Jeannie Wheeldon, and the Strater Hotel.

Bronze Level Sponsors: Amber Johnson with Durango Land & Homes,  Colorado Water & Land Law, Durango Electrical Services, ImageNet Consulting, Jay Short Insurance, Jayne’s Corporation, and Oxford Asset Management.

Supporting Businesses & Donors Include:  2nd Avenue Sports, 4 Corners Riversports, Adam Reeves, Alpacka Raft, Andrew Gulliford, Animas Wine & Liquor, Backcountry Experience, the Bartig-Small Family, Bedrock Packs, the Brown Family, Carver Brewing Co., Durango Party Rental, Fresh Off the Press, the Fossel Family, Gardenswartz, Glacier Club,  Jeff Jessing, Jeff McGarvin Photography, John Fielder, Karyn Gabaldon, King Cage, Kroeger’s Ace Hardware, Leland Holiday, Monique Holiday, Mutu’s Italian Kitchen, Native Roots, the Nordic Center, Osprey Packs Inc., Parelli Natural Horsemanship, Osprey Packs, Pathfinder Chiropractic, Pine Needle Mountaineering, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, SKA Brewing, Sunnyside Meats, Tafoya Barrett & Associates staff, Toh-Atin Gallery, Williams & Hall Outfitters.

 

 

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 space, recreational parks, local food, wildlife habitat and now know the role LPOSC in protecting these things.

Generous sponsorship, including StoneAge and Osprey Packs, made this event a major contribution to LPOSC’s ability to focus on protecting more land and water valued by our community.