CDLT offering conservation easement monitor training |

CDLT offering conservation easement monitor training

SUMMIT COUNTY – Buying open space and placing conservation easements on special parcels of land is just one part of the ongoing preservation battle. But how do we maintain the values – scenic views, rare plants or recreation – that made the land desirable in the first place?The Continental Divide Land Trust (CDLT) says that at least part of the answer lies in training volunteers to monitor conservation easements. To that end, the Summit County group has organized a training session on Saturday as part of Easement Stewardship Day.”This is a great opportunity to get hands on with open space protection,” says CDLT executive director Leigh Girvin. “It’s our responsibility, forever, to make sure the land stays in the condition (outlined in the terms) of the conservation easements,” Girvin said.After going over some of the basics at the Summit County Community and Senior Center, potential volunteers will head into the field in small groups to participate in a monitoring session. Each group will be led by an experienced steward familiar with the land and the terms of the conservation easement.Monitoring includes walking the boundary of the property, noting the conditions of the land, taking pictures from designated observation positions and litter removal.Easements to be monitored include Fiester Open Space Preserve (Frisco), McCullough Gulch Open Space (Blue River), Wetlands at Water Dance (Frisco), Overlook at Piney Acres (Dillon Valley), Grande Easement (Silverthorne) and the Iron Springs Easement (Farmer’s Korner).Training materials, along with morning snacks and a pack lunch from Hearthstone Catering are included. The CDLT asks interested volunteers to sign up in advance by calling (970) 453-3875, or with an e-mail to

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