Headwaters Hoedown, September 15, 2018

Save the Date! The 2018 Headwaters Hoedown will be on Saturday, September 15

This year's Headwaters Hoedown will be on the beautiful Cross Arrow Ranch home to the confluence of the Rio Grande and the Conejos Rivers. This year's even promises to be another great day with tours of the surrounding areas (stay tuned for details), hayrides for the kids, great music by local musicians Chris Arellano as well as Mariachi San Luis! The silent auction is looking to have some great items as well! Tickets will be $35 before September 7th, after that they will be $40 after that. More information coming soon.

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Welcome Steve Crosby - RiGHT's new Associate Director!

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We are pleased to welcome Steve Crosby as our new Associate Director! Steve comes to us with a wide range of experience that includes executive leadership development, outdoor and environmental education, organizational development work and small business development. He brings a strong passion for collaboration and conservation work and a deep love of the San Luis Valley and it's diverse communities and geography.  Steve moved to Colorado in 1988 when he arrived to take a 23-day alpine mountaineering course with the Colorado Outward Bound School in the Sangre de Cristo mountains. He spent a couple of years at the University of Auckland in New Zealand getting a Master of Education focusing on leadership education and has also worked in higher education. We look forward to Steve's positive energy and the highly diverse skill set that he brings to RiGHT and the San Luis Valley Community.

Free Birding Tour, May 19th 2018

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Come see us and a variety of birds at the scenic Garcia Ranch on May 19th! RiGHT board member and master birder Doug Clark will lead our annual bird watching tour on the ranch, and it's always a blast. The Garcia Ranch is in Conejos County, just east of Antonito.

Please call the office at (719) 657-0800 or email info@riograndelandtrust.org to RSVP and get your directions to the property. Spots are limited because we want to ensure a unique, quality experience and to not spook the birds, so act fast!

The Crowther Ranch is Conserved

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Eight years ago, I took a phone call from the Crowthers to go look at this 145-acre ranch on the Conejos River. We hadn't done much work on the Conejos River yet, and when I went down to this secluded property and saw the stream nestled up against the San Luis Hills, I was just in awe. It was fall, and the colors were turning on the willows, cottonwoods, and grasses that had been left tall. I felt like I was in a different world. Even though a conservation easement didn't make sense at that time, I never forgot that day or place.

Fortunately that same landowner check back in again about the possibility of protecting his ranch. This time, with the generous funding of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the North American Wetlands Conservation Act, and the LOR Foundation, we were able to turn that idea into a reality. This month we signed all of the conservation easement papers ensuring that this incredible place will remain special forever.

Thanks to everyone, especially the patient landowners, who worked so hard over many years to make this project happen. The Conejos River continues to be a focus for RiGHT. We are proud that this is the second conservation easement we've completed on the Conejos in the last five months, and we have another on the way this spring!

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2017 Annual Report

By now you've probably found our 2017 Annual Report in your mailbox and had a chance to read it. If you're not on our mailing list, please check out the e-version here!

It's a great recap of RiGHT's work and happenings in 2017, including conserving the wonderful La Garita Creek Ranch, helping our community partners through the San Luis Valley Conservation Connection Initiative, and heartfelt farewells to Katherine and Rio.