Stewardship in Action: Colorado State Forest

WLA Stewardship & Policy Tour
June 22, 20179 AM - 4 PM

WHO: Western Landowners Alliance members and others interested in WLA's work.
WHAT: A tour and discussion rooted in the three foundations of stewardship: knowledge, economics, and policy. Within these foundations, the tour will focus on innovations, challenges and what works. Topics and associated tour stops will focus on high-altitude forest management that take ecosystem health, economic and recreational uses into account, including thinning, fire use, public/private boundary management, and more. Read more about the CO State Forest below.
WHEN: Thursday, June 22 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Field lunch is included.
WHERE: CO State Forest, near Walden, Colorado. 

Additional tour details, including directions to the meeting location and the schedule for the day, will be sent to registered participants.

Space is limited to 30 participants. Please RSVP to save your spot no later than Friday, June 16th. Send any questions to Virginie Pointeau at or (505) 264-3546.

Natural Areas Conference

Join us for the 2017 Natural Areas Conference, where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains in Colorado’s Front Range. The 44th annual Conference will be held at the Hilton Fort Collins, on the edge of the Colorado State University Campus. Colorado’s natural areas offer numerous models for successful conservation and collaboration, including the Fort Collins Natural Areas Program, which manages more than 36,000 acres. The Natural Areas Conference returns to Colorado for the first time since 1991. The event will include sessions on:

  • Managing in light of climate change
  • Ecological restoration in the Anthropocene
  • Use of native plant materials
  • Managing for pollinators
  • Wildland fire use

Land For Good Conference

Changing Lands, Changing Hands

A National Conference on Farm and Ranch Access, Tenure and Transfer
June 13-15, 2017 · Denver, Colorado

Practitioners, educators, researchers, policymakers, agency personnel, and advocates from across the nation: this conference is for you!

Together, we'll advance workable strategies for equitable land access, secure and sustainable tenure, and successful transfer of our farms and ranches.

This event is hosted by Land For Good, in cooperation with the US Department of Agriculture. 

2017 COSA Conference

Colorado Open Space Alliance Conference
Open Space: Open to All

September 18-20, 2017
Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge

Garden of the Gods. Photo courtesy of COSA website 

Garden of the Gods. Photo courtesy of COSA website 

The COSA steering committee is delighted to announce that the 2017 conference will be held at Beaver Run Resorts in Breckenridge from September 18-20. As information is available, it will be posted on the COSA website.

10th Annual National Get Outdoors Day

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Sloan's Lake Park (North Shore)

This is a free, fun, active day with a zillion things for everyone to do!

This is an interactive event where you can fish, bike, jump, garden, climb, paint, build, paddle, learn, dance, jump, eat, explore, and play! Select adaptive recreation activities are available for people of all backgrounds and abilities. This event is accessible. There will also be multiple stage activities and live music throughout the day. Visit the Get Outdoors Day website to learn more and visit for year-round activities and events.

Get involved:

Division of Real Estate - 2017 CE Appraiser Update Course

The Division of Real Estate will offer the Conservation Easement Update Course online for CE appraisers and community members to take. Click here to access the 88-page course book. Click here to register for the online course with Emily Griffith Technical College.

The Colorado Real Estate Appraiser Licensing Act requires the Board of Real Estate Appraisers (BOREA) to establish education and experience requirements for appraisers who prepare appraisals for conservation easements for which a tax credit is claimed. At the Board meeting held on May 5, 2016, the Board adopted continuing education rule 7.25. The rule requires all licensees who prepare a conservation easement appraisal for which a tax credit may be claimed to complete the “Conservation Easement Appraiser Update Course”. The rule is in effect for any conservation easement appraisal with an effective date of January 1, 2017 or later. Pursuant to section 12-61-727(3)(b)(IV), C.R.S., an appraisal will not be considered credible if the licensee has not completed this course prior to the effective date of the appraisal.

Sixth Symposium on Advanced Legal Topics in Land Conservation

June 15 - 16, 2017
Sponsor: Land Trust Alliance
Location: San Antonio, Texas
Venue: Sheraton Gunter Hotel

Staying Informed on Conservation Law

Are you an experienced land trust professional, attorney, law school faculty, appraiser or accountant looking to stay informed on conservation law? Are you interested in crafting practical legal solutions?

If you work with land trusts on advanced legal issues, this is a program you cannot afford to miss. This symposium will deliver information that is impossible to find at any other single program. You will receive updates from leading practitioners and conservation professionals who are uniquely qualified to weigh in on timely topics in conservation law. You will leave with practical tips you can put to use immediately upon your return to the office.

Click here to go to LTA's website for more information, prices, and to register.