Janet Smith

Janet Smith

In late 1994, the warning signs were gathering like smoke on the horizon, signaling trouble ahead.

Rapid population growth, troubling ranching economics and increasing development pressures worried newcomers and pioneer ranching families, environmentalists and private property rights advocates. What could save the Wet Mountain Valley’s sweeping landscape of working ranches and open spaces, an agricultural heritage that enriched the lives of longtime residents and the newly arrived, as well as provided unparalleled wildlife habitat?

Perseverance and patience are today’s watchwords, and the recently completed conservation easement on Redwing Ranch in Huerfano County demonstrates the rewards of such traits.

Tuesday, 14 April 2020 10:28

Thanks to our 2019 members, supporters

You make it possible to keep this region wild and beautiful, with abundant wildlife, productive agriculture, flowing water and thriving rural communities. We are grateful for your partnership in this important work. THANK YOU!

Irrigated hayfields in naturally arid lands offer a verdant oasis in an otherwise brown landscape. But what happens when the water leaves the land?

Friday, 27 March 2020 10:31

Constants in a time of change

With our world reeling from COVID-19 and its uncertainties, the constants in life comfort us.

Here in southern Colorado, we see the signs of emerging spring – bluebirds return, green colors the landscape’s edges, wet snow lies atop the mountains. These glimpses of renewal strengthen us, especially when our daily lives are upended by health and economic gut-punches from a pandemic.

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 17:44

San Isabel hands off Hardscrabble runs

San Isabel Land Protection Trust has handed off the Hardscrabble Mountain Trail Run to long-time race director Hal Walter.

Monday, 13 January 2020 15:16

Help plan the Bluff's future

Anyone heading west on Main Street enjoys iconic views of the majestic Sangres and the pastoral beauty of the valley floor. It’s no accident the views are there for you to enjoy.

San Isabel Land Protection Trust, among the first land trusts in Colorado to be nationally accredited, is pleased to announce that it is seeking its second, five-year reaccreditation from the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance.

Thursday, 02 January 2020 13:55

We don't want to miss you!

So we're setting regular office hours at San Isabel Land Protection Trust. Starting Jan. 6, we will be at the office reliably from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 


Great Outdoors Colorado has awarded San Isabel Land Protection Trust $525,000 to help protect the 2,687-acre Taylor-Oswald Ranch in Fremont County.

The grant is part of GOCO’s open-space grant program, which funds private and public land conservation projects that give outdoor recreationists a place to play (or simply enjoy the view), protect wildlife habitat, safeguard the state’s water supply and watersheds, and sustain local agriculture. 

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We have protected more than 42,000 acres through 134 conservation easements.

Conservation easements guarantee long-term protection – through generations of landowners.