Land Trust seeks volunteers for easement monitoring
SUMMIT COUNTY – The Continental Divide Land Trust is seeking volunteers to help with the annual monitoring of each of the conservation easements the organization holds. This is a great opportunity to see properties that are not open to the public and to learn more about land trust work. Because there are technical aspects to monitoring, the Land Trust will provide a volunteer training session at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Frisco Old Town Hall. Refreshments will be served.
The training session will include aspects of monitoring and a sample walk-through of a monitoring visit to the Fiester Open Space Easement between Bill’s Ranch and the County Commons in Frisco.
When the Land Trust takes on a conservation easement, it accepts the responsibility to preserve the conservation values on the property forever.
Conservation values may include scenic beauty, wildlife habitat, working ranch or other agricultural uses, public recreation, or it may buffer development areas. Annual monitoring is required to ensure the terms of the conservation easement are being observed. Volunteers become a critical part of the continuum of care that a land trust provides to the conservation property.
The Continental Divide Land Trust is the only locally-based private, nonprofit group working to preserve the community’s irreplaceable natural beauty and special places permanently. Land trusts work with property owners, government agencies and the public to preserve open space through conservation easements, bargain sales, acquisition, limited development plans and education.
To date, the Land Trust has protected nearly 1,100 acres in Summit and Park counties with conservation easements and acquisition. That total includes Giberson Preserve, acres of rolling hills, aspen groves and elk habitat above the Frisco/Interstate 70 roundabout, wetlands at Water Dance adjacent to Highway 9 in Frisco, Blue Sky Ranch in Park County and other lands.
Memberships and contributions are welcome to support the work of the Land Trust.
Volunteers interested in attending the training or learning about volunteer opportunities are invited to contact the Continental Divide Land Trust at (970) 453-3875 or CDLandTrust@aol.com.
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