Photo by www.XavierFane.comcblt EVENTSAdventure Auction andGourmet Dinner, March 18Join us on Friday, March 18 for CBLT’s10th annual Adventure Auction andGourmet Dinner. A live and a silentauction will entice you to bid on surfing,skiing, flyfishing and culinary adventures,as well as trips to exotic locales, originalartwork, wine and outdoor gear.Support the worthwhile cause of localland conservation while enjoying anentertaining evening.Caddis Cup Fly FishingTournament, July 14-15Save the date for the Caddis Cup FlyFishing Tournament slated for July 14-15, 2011. Whether you’re an experiencedangler or relatively new to fly fishing, thissmall and non-competitive tournamentis an unforgettable fishing experience ina spectacular mountain setting. Participantsare paired with knowledgable localguides and have access to some of thebest water in the valley. A casual dinnerat the beautiful Cement Creek RanchPhoto by Chad Martenskicks off the event, and the tournamentconcludes with an awards celebration.Wine and Food Festival,July 21-24One of the premier events of thesummer, the 4th annual Crested ButteLand Trust Wine and Food Festivalwill offer over 400 wines and an arrayof culinary delights. A portion of theproceeds from the festival’s signatureevent, the Grand Tasting, will benefitCBLT. Please join us July 21-24 to sipand savor the season.For more information or to reserve ticketsto any of CBLT’s fantastic events, pleasecall Liz at 970.349.1206 or send amessage to firstname.lastname@example.org. Eventproceeds directly benefit the ongoing effortsof CBLT to protect and preserve therugged beauty of the Gunnison Valley.
Saving the Slate River ValleyStarting with our very first projectback in 1992, the Crested ButteLand Trust has permanentlypreserved more than 1,200acres of environmentally significant andincredibly scenic land in the Slate RiverValley. These protected lands providehabitat for diverse plant and animalspecies and maintain inspirational views,while offering a multitude of year-roundrecreational opportunities.Because of the Slate RiverValley’s easy accessibility from the townsof both Crested Butte and Mt. CrestedButte, CBLT has worked to providemiles of trails for residents and visitorsto enjoy. The Lower Loop, WoodsWalk, the Budd Trail and the new KBConnector encourage people of all agesand abilities to get out and experiencenature while hiking, biking, snowshoeingand Nordic skiing.While we celebrate our pastachievements, there is still much work todo. Highly visible and strategically locatedopen space- considered by many peopleto be public land- is actually privatelyowned land that could be developed.CBLT is committed to preservingadditional acres of land before it’s toolate. The Campaign for Saving the Slate RiverValley is a $250,000 effort to dramaticallyincrease protected acreage in the valleyand to address the long-term care andmanagement of those conserved lands.The cornerstone of the campaignis the Kochevar parcel, which will add384 acres to existing protected lands inthe Slate River Valley. Representing oneof the largest conservation transactionsin Crested Butte’s history, protection ofthe Kochevar parcel is made possiblethrough the collaborative efforts ofCBLT, the Kochevar family, the Trustfor Public Land and the Town ofCrested Butte. The Kochevar parcel iscontingent to the Slate River Trailhead,buffers National Forest and is part ofan elk migration corridor. Additionally,this property will enable CBLT and theTown of Crested Butte to provide newrecreational amenities. Join us when webreak ground on new trails in June 2011.Because CBLT protects landsin perpetuity, the Campaign for Saving theSlate River Valley also includes a numberof stewardship projects to maintain theconservation values of all protectedacreage. Maintenance and repair of theGunsight Bridge is one example, as wellas a project to reclaim the wetlands justnorth of the Gunsight Bridge from thedegrading impacts of historic miningoperations in the Smith Hill area. Inaddition, CBLT has filed a Statement ofWhether you’re focused on the magnificent view ofParadise Divide or the miles of single track, it’s supportfrom people like you that ensures the permanentprotection of key acreage in the Slate River Valley.Opposition in water court against U.S.Energy’s conditional water rights. CBLTis dedicated to maintaining the quality andquantity of water in the Slate River as partof our ongoing stewardship obligation.Whether you’re focused on themagnificent view of Paradise Divide orthe miles of single track, it’s supportfrom people like you that ensures thepermanent protection of key acreage inthe Slate River Valley. Your tax deductibledonation benefits the entire community,now and for future generations. Pleasejoin us and give generously. Donationscan be made at www.cblandtrust.org orchecks can be mailed to CBLT, P.O. Box2224, Crested Butte, CO 81224.Photo by Rebecca Weil
CRESTED BUTTE LAND TRUSTPO Box 2224Crested Butte, CO 81224NONPROFIT ORGUS POSTAGE PAIDPERMIT NO. 27CRESTED BUTTE, CO81224The Norman Award CBLT Honors Volunteer of the YearFred Koval is the recipient ofthis year’s prestigious NormanAward, which honors the CrestedButte Land Trust Volunteer of the Year.The Norman Award is givenannually to a CBLT volunteer for theircommitment towards the preservationof the Gunnison Valley. “It’s importantfor me to be involved in organizationsthat share my values; the love of the landand the community. That’s why I feel sostrongly about supporting the CrestedButte Land Trust. It means a lot to mewhen I can support CBLT with my timeand energy,” said Fred.Fred first visited the valley in thelate 1970’s, and built a home in Skyland.In addition to working as a tennisinstructor, Fred volunteered numeroushours assisting the Land Trust with eventsthroughout last winter and summer.Last fall, Fred and his wife,Robin, moved to Essex, Massachussetsto pursue teaching opportunities. Evenso, Fred explained that the couple andtheir sons continue to “call CrestedButte our home. It is the land and thecommunity for us.” The Kovals willspend as much time as possible backin the valley each summer, and planto return full-time when their sonsbegin college. An avid trail user andFred Koval with CBLT’s Outreach Coordinator, Liz Vehlow.conservationist, Fred describes ParadiseDivide in the autumn- with a dusting ofsnow on the mountains, golden aspensand the river gurgling- as pure heaven.He added, “The Lower Loop is myfavorite trail. It’s always the first ride I dowhen I return to Town.”The Norman Award is named forNorman Bardeen, who founded CBLTin 1991 and served on the organization’soriginal Board of Directors. Bardeencontinues his volunteer service today asa member of the Independent BoardMember Review Committee.Koval’s contributions will berecognized at the annual It’s Aboutthe Land Party. The celebration willbe held January 18, 2011 at the yurt,out in Magic Meadows. The yurt ismaintained by the Crested Butte NordicCouncil and is accessed using skis orsnowshoes. CBLT thanks each andevery one of our volunteers, and weoffer ongoing ways to make a difference.Photo by Chad Martensw w w. c b l a n d t r u s t . o r gVISIT CBLT ONLINE FOR PROJECT UPDATES, AN EVENTS CALENDAR, TO VOLUNTEER, OR TO MAKE A DONATION