The success of the Conservation Futures Project depends on the active participation of a wide range of partners. The path forward involves you.
The Conservation Futures Project steering committee is an ad hoc group responsible for project logistics, such as helping to research and share the many alternatives that land trust leaders and allies will consider in re-imagining the coalition. Steering committee members and their organizations have been engaged in land conservation in Colorado for decades.
The steering committee will solicit input on the future of the coalition from a wide range of constituents throughout the year via an online survey, workshops and regional meetings, and one-on-one engagement. The steering committee can be reached collectively at email@example.com, and will provide updates via this website and an email newsletter. Subscribe today.
Colorado West Land Trust
Launched in 2017 to unite the operations of two local land trusts – Mesa and Black Canyon – Colorado West Land Trust protects approximately 120,000 acres of land in western Colorado. As Executive Director of Mesa Land Trust, Rob Blieberg has overseen this consolidation, which is a helpful case study for other land trusts seeking to gain operational efficiencies and serve their regions collaboratively; see Rob’s full biography here.
Colorado Open Lands
As one of the state’s largest statewide land trusts, Colorado Open Lands plays a direct or critical role in protecting over a half-million acres of land across 44 Colorado counties. Tony Caligiuri recently joined COL as President and CEO, after spending six years at the National Wildlife Federation; see Tony's full biography here.
BETH CONOVER and RUSS SCHNITZER
Gates Family Foundation
Since the 1980s, the Gates Family Foundation has worked with Colorado’s leading land trusts to build the capacity of the field, through support for legal innovations, leadership training, community engagement, and long-term financial planning and stewardship. Since GOCO’s inception, the Gates Family Foundation has been Colorado’s largest private match source for GOCO-funded land conservation, statewide. Beth Conover is Senior Vice President for Natural Resources and Community Development at Gates Family Foundation, and Russ Schnitzer is Program Officer for Natural Resources; see their full biographies here.
PETER ERICSON and MICHELE FRISHMAN
Great Outdoors Colorado
Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has committed more than $1.1 billion in lottery proceeds to more than 5,000 projects – including competitive grants to local governments land trusts – that enhance parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces in all 64 Colorado counties. Peter Ericson is GOCO’s Chief Operating Officer, and Michele Frishman is GOCO’s Open Space Program Manager, which oversees investments in land conservation; see their full biographies here.
The Nature Conservancy
Since 1965, The Nature Conservancy has been working in Colorado to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends -- helping to protect 1 million acres and improve 1,000 miles of river across the state. As Colorado State Director, Carlos Fernandez leads a staff of 57 that works together with partner organizations, government agencies, elected officials, and other key decision-makers to build alliances and shared agendas that advance conservation outcomes both in Colorado and around the world.
Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust
Since 1995, Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust has partnered with landowners across the state to protect Colorado's productive agricultural land, heritage, and families for future generations by conserving working rural landscapes. In addition to serving as CCALT’s Executive Director, Eric Glenn also currently serves as President of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts; his full biography is here.
Palmer Land Trust
Founded in 1977 as one of the nation’s first 100 nationally accredited land trusts, Palmer Land Trust protects more than 105,000 acres of lands in a 10-county region that includes Colorado Springs. In addition to serving as Palmer’s Executive Director since 2014, Rebecca Jewett currently serves as Vice President for the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts; her full biography is here.
Southwest & Colorado State Director
The Trust for Public Land
The Trust for Public Land creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year. Jim has worked for The Trust for Public Land for three years, and for 17 years prior with The Nature Conservancy. Jim recently completed his term as board president for the Mountain Area Land Trust, and is now serving his seventh and final year as a board member.
Conservation Partners, Inc
Marty Zeller works throughout the western states as an adviser to land owners and managers. He has extensive experience in conservation easements and development. He is a professional member of the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, and serves as a strategic partner and facilitator for the Conservation Futures Project.
The Conservation Futures Project is a time-bound initiative that has been formally endorsed by the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts' Board of Directors. The Land Trust Alliance is also an important project partner, providing both technical and financial support.