Letters to the editor
As the Eagle Valley Land Trust works on our community fund-raising campaign for the Bair Ranch project, I am struck by the importance of collaboration.
Right now, EVLT is working on gaining contributions from 1,000 people in order to meet the generous challenge from The Wiegers Family Foundation who will donate $50 for every contribution – regardless of size – received for Bair Ranch up to $50,000 (which equates to 1,000 contributions).
Collaboration is incredibly powerful. Quite literally, it makes possible what might otherwise be impossible … or at least impractical. A great example is successful efforts to place a conservation easement on the incredibly beautiful and environmentally significant 62-acre parcel owned by Marjorie Westerman on Tennessee Pass.
Here is collaboration at its finest. The project began with Marjorie’s’ vision and persistence to protect a piece of land she loves for its very special qualities. Add to that Tom Page’s passion, energy and countless hours required to put the easement together as project manager.
On top of that, add Caroline Bradford’s commitment and efforts as executive director of Eagle River Watershed Council to raise over $280,000 required to buy the development rights.
Throw in the financial support of Great Outdoors Colorado, the Natural Resource Damage Recovery Fund and dozens of friends and this project that began with one person’s with a dream became a reality last November.
My sincere thanks to Marjorie, Tom and Caroline. You have reminded us all that Helen Keller was right when she said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”
Eagle Valley Land Trust