March Mountain Memo E-Newsletter

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Updates from the Slate River

The Birds are Back in Town!
Although it doesn’t quite look it, spring has sprung and our valley’s unique, high altitude Great Blue Heron population has returned to their home in the Slate River wetlands. These migratory birds were spotted this week on March 23 and will stay through the summer before departing for warmer climates in mid-August. Our partners at Crested Butte Nordic have closed a portion of the Magic Meadows trail due to its proximity to the river and the heron rookery. Please also note that the upper stretch of the Slate River from Gunsight Bridge to the Slate River Boat Launch in town is under a voluntary no-float period until July 15, keeping the rookery safe for wildlife during this critical nesting period.

Recreation and Conservation Ranger Program
In partnership with the Town of Crested Butte, the Crested Butte Land Trust is hiring a Recreation and Conservation Ranger to provide recreational users with information about safe and sustainable outdoor practices. The Ranger will also assist with improvements and maintenance on Land Trust and Town of Crested Butte open spaces. Click here to learn more about this position and to apply by April 1.

Schutt Conservation Easement

By now you may have heard the incredible news that as of January, 107 acres of the Slate River wetlands are now conserved forever.

Read more about this important easement that protects unique wetlands, waterways, local trails, and wildlife habitats in an article recently published by the Crested Butte News.

Thank you to Suzanne and Bob Schutt, the Town of Crested Butte, 1% for Open Space, the Gunnison Valley Land Preservation Fund, Great Outdoors Colorado, and individual donors for helping fund this landmark conservation project.

Be a Part of the Land Trust’s New Video!

The Land Trust is making a new video, and we want you to be part of it! This video will explore what Land Trust means to our community. Do you ride the Lower Loop, stroll through the aspens on the Lupine trails, picnic at Gunsight Bridge, or swim at Long Lake? Do you value caring for local wildlife, wetlands, and wonderful scenic views? Whatever your passion, you are an integral part of the Land Trust, and we want to hear from you!

Thanks for helping us! Click here to sign up.

Make a Difference with Your Tax Return

If you get a Colorado state income tax refund, you have an opportunity to donate some or all of it to support ongoing work in your community. ReFUND CO is an easy way to support our mission.

All you need to do is enter “Crested Butte Land Trust” and our registration number, 20033002165, in the “Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund” line on your state income tax return or filing software, or just give this info to your tax preparer when you share your tax documents. Click here to learn more.

Partners in Conservation

Here, we highlight fellow organizations and businesses committed to preserving the lands that make our home so special.

Please enjoy the video below from the National Forest Foundation.

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