You keep it wild

When the stakes are this high, you are the wind beneath our wings

Cruising altitude: 14,500 feet.

Glimpsing the world from up here, ducking over ridges and swooping gracefully down river valleys, is a truly magical experience. Just like the birds, you can see the big picture. You can see how the streams flow into the larger rivers, how the willow carrs connect to the forests, creating habitat for the elk to migrate, how the wetlands border our town of Crested Butte, providing a buffer from natural spring flooding.

Nature is not defined by property boundaries. Nature is wild.

But, there are still invisible lines drawn across the nature down below. There are unprotected parcels of land that could quickly and easily be lost to haphazard development.

The stakes are high

One such parcel recently became available to the Land Trust. In late August, we told you that we had just a couple of weeks to raise enough money to protect the Discovery Lode. If you were not able to help us raise the money to protect this gorgeous, alpine area, we would lose the option to buy it. Forever.

This might seem unusual, but it happens all the time. We build relationships with landowners, sometimes for years, but when the time comes to purchase a property, we don’t have much time.

We need you

Often, we ask you, our loyal supporter, to help us come up with money at the last minute. And over the years, you have come through, just like you did this time. In September, you successfully protected the Discovery Lode, adding prime land to an elk migration route, and protecting a stretch of the pristine North Pole Creek.

Now as we glide along, thanks to our amazing partners at LightHawk, we pass over the North Pole Basin and the Discovery Lode parcels, knowing that another section of land and river will remain wild forever. And that’s just one of the profound impacts that you have had over the last 25 years.

Forever is forever

Without you, those creeks might not flow into clean, crystal clear rivers, and those willow carrs might not connect to the forests. There may be no such thing as wetlands along the edge of Crested Butte, and our community would be worse off for it.

By acting quickly and protecting the most important lands when they need you, you have made the Gunnison Valley what it is today. We can’t wait to see what the next 25 years of conservation look like.