Mission: The mission of the montezuma land conservancy is to permanently protect important open lands in partnership with landowners, in order to conserve agricultural, natural, and scenic open space resources in and around montezuma and dolores counties.
Programs: Land protection and conservation - during 2014 the conservancy partnered with landowners to complete two new conservation easements for a total of 880 newly encumbered acres. These easements were part of the conservancys focused program of purchasing conservation easements in bargain sale transactions funded by partnering governments and organizations and receiving donated easements.
public education - the purpose of montezuma land conservancys public outreach and education program is to provide information to stakeholders about land conservation, and the montezuma land conservancy, in order to inspire stakeholders to act on behalf of land conservation and the montezuma land conservancy. The conservancy engages people through newsletters, field trips, informational events, news releases, its website and, workshops and meetings with landowners in the community.
stewardship - at the beginning of the year, montezuma land conservancy was responsible for 77 conservation easements in colorado, totaling approximately 36,908 acres. By the end of the year the conservancy was responsible for 79 easements totaling approximately 37,788 acres. No easement restrictions were decreased or terminated. The conservancy performed monitoring on all of the easements thereby ensuring the continued protection of these important lands.
Montezuma Land Conservancy is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Montezuma Land Conservancy meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Montezuma Land Conservancy has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.