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CHLT May Spotlight
Meet CHLT's new Development Manager: Caoilfhionn Schwab

1. How did you find out about CHLT?
After taking a break from the nonprofit world to teach yoga full time, I knew that if I were to start looking for communications and development positions within conservation organizations it needed to be for an organization with a clear mission and vision, who could show tangible impacts of what they were accomplishing to steward and conserve Colorado's outdoor spaces.
CHLT managed to pop up on my LinkedIn feed one day, and after perusing the website and learning more about Grand County, I was curious as to how a conservation organization fits within a rural community, and what the work of a land trust looks like in support of ranchers and agriculturists within the community it serves. I like the emphasis CHLT has on working with the community, which I find very important in this line of work.

2. Why did you choose to work with CHLT?
Growing up in a small, seasonally rural town - I've always been far more interested in working in conservation initiatives in these types of communities rather than a city or a suburb. Although I still reside in Denver, I joke that I would much rather drive a few hours into the mountains for work than drive around the city every day. Coming up to Grand County and seeing the open space we need to protect is inspiring for the work I do in communications and development, as it's easy to passionately talk about an organization that's doing great work in the community!

3. What experience do you have that is related to CHLT's mission?
Before I was hired at CHLT, I used to work for a small ocean conservation coalition as a Development Manager and Chapter Capacity Coordinator. This job allowed me to gain more experience in development, taught me how to become an advocate that inspires action, and it was my first experience working for a conservation organization. Because I am an avid hiker and camper, I knew that eventually I'd like to work for an organization that was more focused on land and habitat conservation and apply my communications and development experience to help inspire communities to advocate and care for their outdoor spaces.

CHLT's New Website is Live!

Colorado Headwaters Land Trust recently launched a brand new website! We have worked hard to create a web presence that is user-friendly and inclusive. Funding for the website was provided by the Grand Foundation, the Land Trust Alliance and the Fraser River Valley Lions Club. Take a peek, and let us know what you think.
Community News
  • According to a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) press release, all of Colorado has recently been designated as 'primary natural disaster area,' with the triggering disaster being drought. Read the new state declaration here.
  • Water Education Colorado is looking for a Membership and Engagement Officer to join team WEco.This position will play a key supporting role in Water Education Colorado’s overall membership program, resource development, and community engagement. This position’s primary responsibilities include communicating with, engaging and growing the organization’s membership base, recruiting and expanding participation and financial support for programs, and increasing the organization’s visibility in the community. Learn more here.
  • Both the Moffat/Rio Blanco County FSA office in Craig, CO and the Routt-Jackson-Grand-Summit County FSA office in Steamboat Springs, CO are hiring temporary Program Technicians. Duties include general office activities supporting USDA Farm Service Agency programs administered at the field level. Contact Helen Horn here.
  • The Intermountain West Climate Dashboard provides situational awareness of climate, drought, and water resources for Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming. Check out the latest trends from CU Boulder's Western Water Assessment team here.

Headwaters River Journey Family Day
May 7 (Saturday) 9am - 5pm
A play day for the whole family! Bring the kids to explore and learn on an adventure through Headwaters River Journey, the exciting and interactive museum about Colorado’s rivers, environment, and wildlife. $5 admission for adults | Kids Free thanks to generous grants from Colorado Headwaters Land Trust through the Carolyn Hackman Education Fund and the Colorado River Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Learn more here.
Headwaters Center Virtual Speaker Series: Changing the Conversation About Rain and Stormwater
May 19 (Thursday) 4pm - 5pm
Jessica Thrasher will speak about climate change, increases in population, and recurrent droughts which are causing decreases in the total amount of a water available here in Colorado. One of the big ways that we can decrease the amount of water we are using is through reducing the amount of treated water (drinking water) that is being used to water our landscapes. By looking to alternative sources of water like rain and stormwater, we can keep our landscapes vibrant while conserving water. Learn more about how to conserve water at your home by utilizing rainwater!
Register here.
CO Public Lands Day Volunteer Training with HTA
May 21 (Thursday) 9am - 3pm
Join Headwaters Trail Alliance for an Adopt-A-Trail (AAT) workshop and learn how to become a volunteer with HTA. This workshop includes classroom training in the morning followed by practice in the field in the afternoon. Learn about the AAT program and how you can get involved. Participants will learn the skills necessary to perform trail maintenance tasks independently and in groups. Learn techniques such as corridor clearing, drainage construction, fallen timber clearing, tool safety, risk management, and how to report trail accomplishments and trail issues. Training will also include a tutorial on the trail app COTREX! Lunch and training materials included. Register here.
CHLT would like to thank the Fraser River Valley Lions Club for their 2021 grant to promote our events and education materials. Learn more here.

Is your vehicle costing more than it's worth? Then hit the brakes on expensive repairs and consider donating your car, truck, motorcycle, RV, or boat to Colorado Headwaters Land Trust.
We accept all types of vehicles, running or not! We'll use the proceeds from your donation to continue to conserve and steward the open lands and natural character of the headwaters of the Colorado River in partnership with the local community. The process is easy, the pick-up is free, and your donation is tax-deductible. To learn more, click here.
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Here are a few of our posts from the last month. Find more on our pages.
April 29: National Arbor Day
"The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to uderstand the meaning of life."
- Rabindrath Tagore
April 15: From working ranches to neighborhood parks to forests, land trusts across the country conserve land forever. Every piece of land we save means clean water, fresh food and more protected habitats for plants & wildlife.
April 13: "Snow was falling, so much like stars
filling the dark trees
that one could imagine
its reason for being was nothing more
than prettiness."
- Mary Oliver
Recordings of all of CHLT's educational and informative panel discussions are available to view on our YouTube channel! View CHLT's virtual talks here.
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Consider an alternative way of protecting the land we love - at no cost to you. Support CHLT through AmazonSmile! Sign up for AmazonSmile and select "Colorado Headwaters Land Trust" as your favorite charity. You shop. Amazon gives. Learn more about AmazonSmile.
Shop Our Conservation Partners!
Support local land conservation by shopping at CHLT's Conservation Partners. These partners believe in the mission of the Land Trust and know that open space enriches our quality of life, protects landscapes, and brings visitors and residents to Grand County. 
Protecting open space is an investment in our environment, our culture and our economy.
Are you interested in becoming a Conservation Partner with no cost to your business? Click here for more information!
Thank you for supporting Colorado Headwaters Land Trust.
YOUR help today allows us to protect the lands we love for generations to come!
P.O. Box 1938 Granby, CO 80446 (970) 887-1177