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The 9 Annual

Volume 9, No. 3


Fall 2007

Make a Difference Day
Saturday October 13, 2007
Over 400 volunteers at 30 sites throughout Summit County working to clean up natural areas & maintain trails. Join CDLT & Summit County Open Space at Iron Springs Volunteers will help clean up this conservation easement property
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Congratulations to the Honorees at the Friends of Open Space Honors Awards Party!
The Open Space Honors Awards were presented on September 6, 2007, by the Continental Divide Land Trust at the first-ever Friends of Open Space Honors Awards Party at the Silverthorne Pavilion. Recipients of the Open Space Honors Awards are: Philanthropist. Jane Alexandra Storm – Philanthropist Alexandra Storm’s contributions include generous support of the Land Trust over the years, with particular emphasis on land protection in the Lower Blue River valley for community outreach and conservation easement transaction programs. Conservation Legacy. Howard Giberson - Land Conservation Legacy Howard Giberson was a third generation Summit Countian who was raised on his family’s ranch located between Frisco and Dillon where Giberson Bay of the Dillon Reservoir is today. Howard bought the ranch from his parents in the 1950’s only to see it gradually taken away from him; first by the Denver Water Board for Dillon Reservoir and then by the Department of Transportation for I-70. The original 780 acre ranch was cut down to less than 200 acres. Mr. Giberson wanted to protect what was left of his family’s ranch. After granting thirteen small lots to his nieces and nephews, he protected the rest of the ranch with a conservation easement granted to
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Pictured: Recipients of the Open Space Honors Awards presented by Continental Divide Land Trust on September (l6, 2007, at the Silverthorne Pavilion: (l-r) Todd Robertson – Community Representative; Jen Cawley for Jane Alexandra Storm – Philanthropist; Scott Hummer – Volunteer; Peggy Alexander for Howard Giberson – Land Conservation Legacy; Brownell Bailey for Spruce Valley Ranch; Paul Semmer – Lifetime Achievement Award; Tom Jones, Sr. for Wilderness Sports – Business; Susan Lockwood for Spruce Valley Ranch – Protection of Open Space within a Development; and Currie Craven – Natural Resource Protection.

Inside this Issue
Open Space Honors Award Recipients…………….1-2 Bear Creek ………………1,4 Email Format Changes….....2 Summer Events Recap……..3 Membership Form………....3 CDLT’s Website……………4 Conservation Easements in theWorks……………...…4

at CDLT Inspires Land Conservation at Bear Gulch
Continental Divide Land Trust’s long-time landscape will continue to live on through the supporters, Chuck and Phyllis Hugins helped Hugin’s donation. (continued on pg. 4) the Hugins Family become the first family to donate mountain land to the state of Colorado. Phyllis admits that because of contact with CDLT, “the seed was planted.” The land conservation “seed” that is. Bear Gulch is located southeast of Critchel and Conifer and northwest of Watertown. Homesteaded in 1890 by “Grandpa Hugins” or Charles Benjamin Hugins, Bear Gulch’s 40 acres are now preserved. Grandpa Hugins first acquired 180 acres for a timber claim in 1890 but eventually lost most of the land. The Hugins were allowed 40 acres in 1913. In the early 50’s Chuck, Phyllis, and other family Pictured are Chuck and Phyllis Hugins with four generations of Hugins at the Bear Gulch Dedication on July 19, 2007. members built a cabin on 5 acres. Today, Bear Gulch’s history and unique mountain

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…CDLT in 1998. Howard’s commitment to protecting the land and the ranching heritage of his family and Summit County earned this special recognition. Mr. Giberson passed away in July 2007 at the age of 95. Mr. Giberson’s niece Peggy Chamberlain Alexander accepted the award on behalf of the Giberson family. Spruce Valley Ranch - Protection of Open Space within a Development. Spruce Valley Ranch, located in the Indiana Creek Valley in Blue River south of Breckenridge was originally zoned for 1,850 units, plus supporting commercial on approximately 500 acres. Instead, the Lockwood family, lead by locals Win and Susan Lockwood and Win’s siblings including brother-in-law Brownell Bailey, chose to develop only 60 units. Open meadows, wetlands, riparian areas and nearby mining claims were protected as open space. Amenities include trails, groomed cross country skiing, stables, tennis court, boat house, picnic areas, underground utilities, and a forest management program. The Lockwood family still lives at Spruce Valley Ranch today, 30 years after originally developing the property. Susan Lockwood and Brownell Bailey accepted the award on behalf of Spruce Valley Ranch. Business. Wilderness Sports – Business Wilderness Sports recognizes the need to protect our community's natural resources in concert with the success of their business. They participate in the 1% for the Planet program, dedicating at least 1% of their net profits to natural resource protection. Lead by the Jones family, Tom Jr., Tom Sr. and Mae Jones, Wilderness Sports first opened in 1976. Wilderness Sports is very generous to the non-profit community with donation items to auctions and drawings and sponsorship of events. Tom Jones, Sr. accepted the award on behalf of the entire Wilderness Sports team. Representative. Todd Robertson - Community Representative Todd Robertson is the current director of the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department. During his 12 years with the Department, the County went from less than 200 acres of open space to over 13,000 acres. He built the department to handle the community's need for resource protection, trails, and volunteers. Each dollar of county open space acquisition funds spent was leveraged another $4.50 in protected lands through grants, partnerships, and landowner donations, thanks to Mr. Robertson’s skills as a grant writer, negotiator, coalition builder, and ambassador. Protection. Currie Craven - Natural Resource Protection Mr. Craven is a founding member of the boards of Friends of the Eagles Nest Wilderness and Friends of the Dillon Ranger District, and serves on the Board of the Friends of the Lower Blue. Through FENW, he served on the Special Areas Advisory Group for wilderness area protection and expansion during the White River National Forest plan revision process. If there is an important meeting about natural resource or wilderness protection, Currie Craven will be there. When local or regional newspapers need the perspective of a citizen concerned about natural resource protection, they call Currie Craven. Mr. Craven is an informed and dedicated citizen working on behalf of our community’s natural resources. Volunteer. Scott Hummer – Volunteer Mr. Hummer is the current chair of the Summit County Open Space Advisory Council and has been a member of the council for 10 years. His family background in ranching and his knowledge of water rights have made him an invaluable addition to OSAC by helping them understand the needs of the County’s ranching community, in relation to land conservation efforts. In addition to serving as chair, Mr. Hummer is a tireless volunteer, speaking at dedications, helping with projects, and

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even digging ditches. Mr. Hummer also serves on the advisory board of the Blue River Watershed Group, and has served on the boards of the Summit County Weed Management Committee and the Sierra Club – Blue River Group. Lifetime Award. Paul Semmer – Lifetime Achievement Award This award is presented to an individual whose contributions over many years have made a significant impact on natural resource protection in Summit County. Paul Semmer first came to Summit County in 1979 to be the first ever county trails planner. He helped create the first countywide trails master plan and was responsible for significant sections of the bike path and several nordic trail systems. When he moved to the Forest Service in 1981, he brought his trails planning background and helped create sections of the Colorado Trail and the Summit Huts master plan. In the mid-90’s Mr. Semmer’s career changed directions when he became the Dillon Ranger District’s Community Planner and began working on minerals and land exchanges. Major land trade projects included Slate Creek, the County Commons and hospital, Blue Danube, and Moonstone. Mr. Semmer is the rare Forest Service employee who has stayed in the same District. He has spent his entire Forest Service career, over 26 years, at the Dillon Ranger District. Paul’s longevity in the county and his knowledge of the land, terrain, and natural areas have made him an invaluable resource for the Forest Service, local government open space programs, and the many non-profits who have relied on Paul for information and assistance. The Open Space Honors Awards will be presented every five years, with the next Award presentation event slated for 2012. Photographs for the 2007 awards plaques were donated by John Fielder, Mark Fox, Matt Krane, John LeCoq, Todd Powell, Carl Scofield, Gary Soles, and Bob Winsett, with calligraphy by Gretchen Abernathy and framing by The Photo Shop. The 2007 Friends of Open Space Honors Awards were sponsored by Breckenridge Lands, High Country Health Care, South Maryland Creek Ranch, Town of Silverthorne, The Mountain Living Team, Summit Daily News, Howard and Sue Carver, and Hearthstone Catering. For more information, contact Continental Divide Land Trust at 970-453-3875, or

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CDLT’s Summer Event Recap
Easement Stewardship Day took place on Saturday, June 30, with a great turnout of volunteers and land conservation enthusiasts. Thank you to volunteers Sha Miklas, Cecilia Viberg, Terry Kryshak, Frank Wint, Kim Dufty, Marge Schweri, Kristina Nethaway, and Carol Gerard for participating in the day of education and easement monitoring. Also, we greatly appreciate our Land Stewards Joan DeGraaff, JoAnn Dufty, Judy Anderson, and John Taylor for working with volunteers and successfully monitoring properties McCullough Gulch, Iron Springs, Water Dance, Fiester, Willow Grove and 1298 Blue River Parkway. Thanks to the energetic volunteers who helped with CDLT’s summer weed pulls! We appreciate the hard work of Kurt Steuer, Jan Prowell, Jan Lace, Richard Sullivan, Gail Culp, Sue McHenry, and Kenny Van Howe who came to the July 15th weed pull at Wetlands at Water Dance in Frisco. Over the years CDLT has diligently worked on the weeds and good progress has been made. Thanks also to Kurt Steuer, Kenny Van Howe, Chic and Beth Koran, Connie Dosch, Georgia and Roger Deitrick, and Sue McHenry who volunteered to pull weeds on July 21st on the CDLT property at Piney Acres in Dillon Valley. Here too, thanks to the efforts over the years, the weeds are coming under control. Many thanks go to CDLT member and wildflower expert Pat Taylor for her enthusiastic guiding on July 28th of a spectacular hike to the headwaters of Straight Creek. After leaving from the parking lot at the Eisenhower Tunnel, Pat led us through along the drainage that was

carpeted with Queen's Crown and Elephant Heads as well as many other beautiful wildflowers. An extra bonus upon reaching the ridge was spotting a herd of sixty-some elk across the valley. On August 9th we were delighted to introduce our newest print by Adele Earnshaw, "Winter Fox", at the member gathering held at Arts Alive in Breckenridge. Thanks to Joanne Hanson, Adele's sister, for her efforts in assisting with this event. "Winter Fox" will join the series of prints-"Early Winter-Summit County" and "Rocky Mountain Summer"- that Adele created to benefit the Land Trust. We hope that you will consider Adele's prints for holiday giving this year.

Nature hike to the headwaters of Straight Creek with Pat Taylor on July 28.

th I want to help preserve the beauty of Summit County!
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___ $15 Full Time Student ___ $35 Friend of the Land ___ $50 Land Saver ___ $100 Land Sustainer ___ $200 Land Patron ___ $500 Land Benefactor ___ $1,000 Steward of the Land ___ $5,000 Conservator of the Land ___ Other $_________ ___ Please direct this gift to the Slate Creek Ranch Project ____ I want to volunteer. I am interested in the following committee(s): __ Membership Outreach ___ Events and Education ___ Stewardship ___ Marketing & Public Relations ___ Other: _____________________ ____ I suggest the Land Trust protect this land: ____________________________________________ ____ Please sign me up for your e-mail alerts.

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Chuck Hugins and sister Nellie decided to start the donation process nearly two years ago. Land conservation interests were sparked in sister Nellie after an introduction to CDLT’s work by Phyllis. On July 19, there was a state dedication at Bear Gulch that included a sign in the name of Charles Benjamin Hugins. The photo on page one shows four generations of Hugins attending the dedication. Included in the donation are 50 years of visiting rights for the Hugins. The state hopes to build a school on the Bear Gulch property so students can enjoy overnight educational trips on the land and learn the importance of land conservation in Colorado. CDLT would like to thank Chuck and Phyllis Hugins for sharing this conservation story with us and for spreading the word.

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Three New Conservation Easements in the Works
The Land Trust is currently working on three new private land conservation easements that we expect to close by the end of the year. These projects represent significant land protection for Summit County and will preserve nearly 1300 acres of natural lands in our community. We hope each of these projects will come to fruition. Watch for our next newsletter for more information on these projects and visit us at for updates.

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Land conservation options Interactive map with photos of each property Tax benefits of donating a conservation easement Events, volunteer opportunities, & programs Past newsletters, annual reports, news & articles Links to conservation sites & local non-profits On-line donations through your credit card or Paypal

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Inside: Friends of Open Space Honors Awards Recipients & Summer Recap

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