Colorado West Land Trust accreditation renewed

An organization that’s conserved a total of 125,000 acres of agricultural lands, open spaces and wildlife habitat in Mesa County and Western Colorado has once again earned national distinction for its efforts.

The Colorado West Land Trust based in Grand Junction earned renewed accreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, a program of the Land Trust Alliance.

The Colorado West Land Trust first earned the accreditation in 2009. The accreditation was renewed in 2014.

Accreditation signifies land trusts meet national standards for land conservation and assure they’re working to conserve land in a sustainable manner.

“As we celebrate 40 years of conservation work this year, accreditation renewal is yet another achievement that signifies we remain strong, vibrant and worthy of the confidence and resources that our community entrusts to us,”said Rob Bleiberg, executive director of the Colorado West Land Trust.

The organization is a collaboration of the Mesa Land Trust and Black Canyon Regional Land Trust. Together, the organization has preserved a total of  about 125,000 acres in Mesa County and five other Western Slope counties. A 16-member board oversees a staff of 10.

Palisade-area farmers founded the Mesa Land Trust in 1980 to preserve productive agricultural lands in the Grand Valley. More than 40 family farming operations in the Palisade area have since been preserved through the trust.

For more information about the Colorado West Land Trust and its various efforts, call 263-5433 or visit the Web site at https://cowestlandtrust.org.