Funded ProjectsThe Crested Butte Land Trust
The Crested Butte Land Trust is committed to the protection and preservation of the Gunnison Valley’s natural lands, scenic vistas, wildlife habitat, trails and working ranches.
The Land Trust has protected over 5,000 acres, working with over 50 landowners and their families. Current projects include:
- Kochevar Parcel – preserving more than 300 acres in the Slate River Valley.
- Smith Hill Reclamation Project – removing coal piles from historic mining operations to increase water flows and restore optimal functionality to surrounding wetlands.
- Budd Trail – creating a new trail to extend the Lower Loop trail system.
- Rozman Ranch Conservation Easement – preserving agricultural heritage while protecting the wildlife habitat, riparian wetlands, river frontage and scenic views provided by this historic cattle ranch.
The Crested Butte Land Trust has a perpetual obligation to care and nurture the properties that it protects. Following best practices, it has set up a stewardship program to monitor and maintain important plant and animal habitats, protect water quality, and continue the preservation of scenic landscapes that contribute to this “paradise” on earth.
Stewardship of nature also provided a sense of place and sense of purpose for Chris Mikesell. The Foundation’s 2009–2010 grants of $14,000 are given in tribute to this common passion.