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Conserving agricultural heritage, wildlife habitat, and natural lands in and around Mesa County




















The Bookends

Mesa Land Trust will purchase the Bookends, deed the property to the City of Grand Junction, and partner with the BLM and COPMOBA to build more trails. For more info on the Bookends and the Monument Road Vision, click here. To help fund the acquisitions donate here.

 Monument Road Vision

Mesa Land Trust will be publishing the Community’s Vision for Monument Road. So many of you contributed to this Vision that identifies conservation and recreation goals throughout the Monument Road corridor – Thank you! We will be presenting this Vision to you and the public for your comments in early 2014.


The People Behind the Numbers

Our Annual Report

Each year in our annual report Mesa Land Trust reports financial standing and number of acres conserved and –all important information. However, behind our great numbers are people with hopes, dreams and aspirations about farming, ranching, wildlife habitat and recreational lands that we all benefit from.  To read about the people behind the numbers, check out the 2013 Annual Report, Lands for Tomorrow.



Jessica with Field to Fork CSA talks about their farm on a conserved property

Scott and Jessica Washkowiak know the importance of conservation to the future of farming.  In 2012, the young couple, who operate Field to Fork CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), began working conserved land owned by two of Mesa Land Trust’s founders, Mike and Blakely Mechau, near Palisade.  Though extremely busy this time of year, Jessica took time to answer a few questions about their operation. Click here to read more!


Mesa Land Trust to Apply for

Accreditation Renewal

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever.  Accredited land trusts must apply for renewal very five years.  Mesa Land Trust was initially awarded accreditation in 2009 and is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation.  A public comment period is now open. 

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs.  Accreditation renewal will demonstrate to the public that Mesa Land Trust continues to meet national standards of excellence, upholds the public trust and ensures that its conservation efforts are permanent.  

The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications.  Comments must relate to how Mesa Land Trust complies with national quality standards.  These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust.  For the full list of standards see

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit or email your comment to:

Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.  Comments on Mesa Land Trust’s application will be most useful by January 3, 2014.     

2013 Potluck a Huge Success

   Photo by Jim Cox

In May we enjoyed a wonderful potluck-picnic on the Avant Farm and Vineyard in Palisade.  Our annual event was a huge success with over 250 donors, landowners and  friends in attendance.  Everyone who attended was treated to beautiful weather, enjoyed the amazing views from the Avant Farm, ate delicious food and socialized over local wine and beer.  We thank everyone who helped underwrite the event, all of our guests who attended and a special thanks goes out to Neil and Diane with Avant Farm who ensured that all guests were warmly welcome on their property. 


Galen Wallace Carries on a Family Tradition

by Pamela B. Childers  

East Orchard Mesa may be full of orchards and vineyards, but Galen Wallace, owner of a vineyard conserved this spring, is probably the only self-proclaimed "Fruit Geek" in the area. However, since apples don't fall far from the tree, he also inherited a love of orchards and vineyards. Galen grew up on the "Home Five," his parents' apple orchards on the adjacent property. Bought in 1947, the original property was converted from apples to peaches in 1989. The family also owns another six here to read more


Become a Monthly Sustaining Partner


Extend your giving to Mesa Land Trust by becoming a Monthly Sustaining Partner! You can give a regular gift that the organization can count on each month.  Your contribution can come from your credit/debit card or checking account. 

To begin today, with as little as $10 a month, click on the Donate Now button and contribute to the Land Trust through Giving First. 

If you need help call Mary or Allison at 263-5443 and they’ll be happy to help you!


Mesa Land Trust & John Fielder:

Colorado's Great Outdoors: Celebrating

20 Years of Lottery-Funded Lands



Mesa Land Trust friends, family and supporters enjoyed a wonderful evening with John Fielder. 


John Fielder recently published two new books dedicated to GOCO’s 20th anniversary.  He presented his photos through a slideshow at Colorado Mesa University and afterwards spoke with attendees and autographed books and other publications. In addition to the slideshow and special pre-meet and greet, Fielder taught a photography course on  a protected property to 10 lucky students!



About Mesa Land Trust


Mesa Land Trust is a private, nonprofit land conservation organization based in Mesa County in Western Colorado. We  work to maintain the unique character, agriculture and history of Mesa County through partnerships with voluntary landowners, local governments, Mesa County, The Nature Conservancy and a variety of outside funding agencies.  We now hold over 200 conservation easements and have conserved over 64,000 acres of land containing important orchards, vineyards, cropland, large working ranches, and habitat for deer, elk and the Gunnison Sage Grouse in addition to a variety of other species.





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Business Partners here!


Learn More About Conserved Properties


Here in Mesa County we have some beautiful vistas, exceptional habitat and productive agricultural properties.  We are all fortunate that there are generous and concerned landowners who have donated conservation easements on their properties.  To learn more about some of these properties, click here.






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This site was last updated on Wednesday March 26, 2014 by Ilana

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