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January Mountain Memo E-Newsletter

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Photo of the newly conserved Schutt property by Xavi Fane

Schutt Conservation Project Complete

We are excited to share that 107 acres of the Slate River Wetlands is now conserved forever!

The Crested Butte Land Trust is honored to work with the property owners, Suzanne and Bob Schutt on this landmark conservation project.

Situated between Town Ranch and Riverbend, this parcel of land includes 1.2 miles of the Slate River and is defined by a mosaic of wet meadows, ponds, abundant wildlife and water resources. Teeming with biodiversity and serving as an important migratory corridor, we are thrilled that this open space will be protected forever.

This conservation easement will also ensure that the public will have access to the property’s winter Nordic ski trail and a portion of the Deli Trail connecting Town to neighborhoods and trails to the south.

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 important conservation project.

Submit your photos!

Each year, the Land Trust showcases stunning images from local photographers in our annual calendar. It is thanks to your generous photo contributions that we can utilize impactful visuals, showcase the beautiful place that we all love, and promote conservation in the Gunnison Valley. Thank you!

Submit photos by March 1 via email to jessica@cblandtrust.org, or drop off at our office in town at 308 Third Street.

Photo by John Holder

Winter Field Trips

Mark your calendars for our winter field trip series. We’ll be skiing and snowshoeing out to the Magic Meadows yurt where we’ll meet representatives from partner organizations to learn about the work they do on conserved lands.

When: Fridays, January 27, February 24,  and March 24 from 10 am to 2 pm.
Where: Lower Loop Nordic trails to Magic Meadow Yurt.

Friday, January 27: Joined by the Crested Butte Nordic Center, we’ll learn about the partnership between Nordic skiers and land conservation.

Friday, February 24: The Crested Butte Avalanche Center will share and demo some of the great work that they do keeping our community safe in the backcountry.

Friday, March 24: Learn some history of the Lower Loop area, including the Smith Hill Mine that sits above Gunsight Bridge, with the Crested Butte Museum.

Click here for more info or contact jessica@cblandtrust.org to sign up. All trips are free, so please join us for any or all of these outings.

Be 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!

Click here to sign up.

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

Please enjoy the video below from one of our partners in conservation: The Colorado River District