In the San Luis Valley of south-central Colorado, a “culture of conservation” is thriving across the community. Ranchers, farmers, water and wildlife restoration organizations work in conjunction with conservation groups like the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust to “conserve the land, water and way of life” in this beautiful Valley.
In 2015, RiGHT is set to exceed the Rio Grande Initiative’s goal of conserving 25,000 acres of working land and associated water rights along the river corridors of the Rio Grande and the Conejos – its largest tributary in Colorado. Representing more than 47 miles of the river corridor, this significant milestone ensures land and water protection, ranching operations and critical wildlife habitat.
Beyond river corridors, RiGHT is focused on other critical conservation opportunities, from headwater streams to wetlands that emerge across the floor of San Luis Valley. In addition to valuable habitats on public lands – such as National Wildlife Refuges, Great Sand Dunes National Park and lands managed by the Rio Grande National Forest and Bureau of Land Management – there are many areas and water resources vital to wildlife. Public/private partnerships here are critical to habitat survival of many endangered and threatened species. With more than 300,000 acres of private lands conserved to date, there continues to be pressing need for support in protecting special land areas along with sustaining the agricultural economic base in the community.
The Trinchera Blanca Foundation and RiGHT look forward to stewarding the protected lands and working with new landowners to help keep land intact for future generations. Louis Bacon and The Trinchera Blanca Foundation partner with the Land Trust to support their mission.
“Here at the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, we are deeply grateful for the on-going support of The Trinchera Blanca Foundation. Even as we celebrate the success of the Rio Grande Initiative and all of the protected land, river miles and important water rights that represents, conserved by so many landowners, we look ahead for opportunities to conserve additional lands along our rivers and streams and across the San Luis Valley. The past, present and future of conservation here is only possible with the help of our partners and funders. Thank you.”
-Nancy Butler, Executive Director, Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust
Louis Bacon and The Trinchera Blanca Foundation are proud to support RiGHT in their successful conserve effort of this precious tract of land.
Learn more about Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust here.