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An Open Letter

 
The Trust for Land Restoration Restructures to
Focus on High Country Conservation of Ouray and
San Juan Counties:
An Open Letter from TLR Executive Director Patrick Willits

Dear Friends,

As we begin 2015, changes are coming to the Trust for Land Restoration.  TLR is being restructured to specifically focus on the conservation, protection and preservation of the high country of Ouray and San Juan Counties, in southwest Colorado, where our environmental liability management expertise related to mining and mined-land restoration is put to good use, helping communities protect the environment while maintaining the scenic, historic and cultural values that characterize the northern San Juan Mountains. 

It is with deep gratitude and appreciation that we thank our supporters, partners, clients, local government officials, agency folks, and, most especially, the cadre of directors and advisors who have given so generously of their time and talents to guide TLR over the last fourteen years.  Thanks to you, TLR is able to continue to make an impact, preserving what is special and unique in the San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado.

To this end, the TLR Board of Directors and Advisors is transitioning to a local governing body, working with individuals and private foundations to explore innovative approaches to high-country protection and conservation.  We continue to be one of the few land trusts in Colorado working with landowners to structure conservation easements on mining claims and lands impacted by mining.  We are also working to develop new projects that provide incentives to landowners to restrict cabin and second-home development, while in many cases maintaining the opportunity for future mining.  By way of example, we are currently facilitating a project, utilizing funding provided by a private foundation, to acquire patented mining claims in Ouray County and donate them back to the US Forest Service. 

And because some well-meaning laws actually hinder the efforts of Good Samaritans to restore environmental health to damaged lands, we continue to partner with local, statewide, and national organizations advocating for legislative changes to the Clean Water Act, as a critical step toward removing legal barriers  to the clean-up, and conservation of mining-impacted lands across the west.

Wishing you the best for the New Year,

Pat Willits
Executive Director
The Trust for Land Restoration

 

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