Larry Vickerman

Larry Vickerman

Water in the Wet Mountain Valley. Mention it, and people pay attention.

This year is one of abundance, but every year is a crapshoot on whether our watersheds will get the snow needed to ensure an adequate supply for agriculture and residential use in Custer County. Many times, it comes down to a few key snowstorms in the spring.

 

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For the third time, the Upper Arkansas Water Conservancy District, based in Salida, has filed an augmentation plan that uses Wet Mountain Valley water. San Isabel Land Protection Trust opposes this action in order to protect water resources on our conservation easements.

More than 42,000 acres protected. Help us do more.

Private lands are important to our health, wealth and heritage. We work with landowners to protect the precious resources that define our region.

  • "My family put 720 acres under conservation easement in 2009. We did it to protect the integrity of the property and to help secure the water rights to the irrigated hay land in perpetuity. In this age of agricultural and economic uncertainty, conservation easements are the thing to do."

    – Larry Vickerman, executive director, Denver Botanic Gardens, Chatfield

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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.