July Mountain Memo

July Mountain Memo E-Newsletter

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Stewardship Updates

Summer is in full swing and that means that our stewardship team is busy out in the field! As always, our focus is taking care of your conserved open spaces, trails, rivers, and wetlands, ensuring that these spaces can be treasured for generations to come. We hope to see you outside enjoying conserved spaces this summer!

Voluntary No-Float: Thank you for respecting the voluntary no-float period on the upper stretch of the Slate River during critical nesting times of our local Great Blue Heron population. While this no-float period ended on July 15, water flows are extremely low, and the Slate River Working Group recommends recreators do not float this stretch so as to avoid trespassing on private property in the area.

Monitoring: Every year our stewardship team monitors nearly 6,000 acres of land. Whether the Land Trust owns the title or a conservation easement, we monitor the land to ensure that all conservation values are being upheld and that the best care possible is given to these landscapes.

Long Lake: We are working towards creating sustainable recreation and management solutions for your beloved public recreational resource, Long Lake. We’ve also been working on identifying trails for use, mitigating erosion, and creating wide bench cut trails which will be handcycle accessible. Keep an eye out for changes up at Long Lake later this summer.

Noxious Weeds: Our stewardship team has been hosting volunteer work days geared towards managing weeds in aquatic and wetland areas where spraying cannot occur.  By controlling weeds along the river banks, we not only protect Land Trust land from invasive plants, we also prevent those plants from working their way downstream to other lands. Join us for our next weed pulling day on July 28! Email jessica@cblandtrust.org for more details.

Summer Field Trips

Get outside with the Land Trust to learn about the great work being done on conserved lands. We’ll be teaming up with staff from the Coal Creek Watershed Coalition, Crested Butte Museum, and Dr. Rosemary Carroll for this summer’s field trips. As always, these outings are free, but please email jessica@cblandtrust.org to sign up and click here to learn more about each field trip.

Wednesday, June 22: Crested Butte Land Trust at Long Lake
Wednesday, August 3: Coal Creek Watershed Coalition at Gunsight Processing Area
Wednesday, August 24: Crested Butte Museum on the Lower Loop
Monday, September 19: Dr. Rosemary Carroll at Gunsight Bridge

2023 Calendar

2023 calendars are hot off the press! Each year our calendars feature stunning images from local photographers showcasing the boundless beauty of the Gunnison Valley. Click here to order yours today.

Photo by John Holder

Partners in Conservation

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 Colorado Parks and Wildlife on aerial fish stocking.