News & 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

Executive Director position closed

GENERAL DESCRIPTION La Plata Open Space Conservancy (LPOSC) is the Durango-based nonprofit land trust serving southwest Colorado. Since 1992, LPOSC has partnered with approximately 200 landowners and local governments to permanently protect nearly 30,000 acres of land. LPOSC’s mission is to permanently protect open lands that have significant agricultural, wildlife habitat, open space, recreational and/or

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

Mining claim in Weminuche Wilderness donated as open space

Durango Herald, December 25, 2017 Land will be protected from future development A 10-acre mining claim in the Weminuche Wilderness will now be protected as open space. According to Amy Schwarzbach, executive director of La Plata Open Space Conservancy, members of the Alder family, formerly of Durango, inherited the patented mining claim from their grandfather. When

BP donates nearly 200 acres near Bayfield as open space

Durango Herald, December 24, 2017 Donation part of agreement with state to offset oil and gas impacts BP American Production Company has donated nearly 200 acres near Bayfield to be preserved as open space, said Amy Schwarzbach, executive director of La Plata Open Space Conservancy. The land, now placed in a conservation easement, encompasses about 187

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