Get Your Feet Wet In The Fraser
The Middle Park Land Trust (MPLT) kicked off the first in a series of events called “Get Your Feet Wet In The Fraser” on Saturday, Dec. 17 with the Fraser River Nature Walk. This series of events is part of the land trust’s Fraser River Initiative Campaign to protect private lands through which the Fraser flows and to raise awareness about the endangered river by hosting Fraser River educational and recreational activities, including hiking, birding, presentations, fly-fishing, rafting, and more.
“Although temperatures were only in the single digits, a hardy group showed up for the river walk,” said MPLT executive director Carse Pustmueller, who led the group from the Rendezvous Picnic Park in Fraser along the river trail to Safeway and back.
“It ended up being one of those beautiful, crisp mountain mornings,” she said.
The group learned about the river, its threatened flows, and its precious riparian habitat, and the flora and fauna that depend on it.
The Land Trust’s goal for The Fraser River Initiative is to preserve as much of the unprotected private lands along the Fraser River as possible by helping willing landowners protect their land and water through the donation or sale of some or all of their development rights to the land trust to “hold” in perpetuity with conservation easements. The Land Trust is working in partnership with landowners, communities, and local, state and federal agencies and conservation organizations to achieve these goals.
MPLT, a state certified land trust based in Granby, is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit non-governmental conservation organization servicing Grand County. The land trust’s greatest priority is to work with willing landowners to help save the landscapes of the mighty Colorado River and of its tributaries – like the Fraser, the Troublesome and the Muddy, which all begin their journeys in Grand County’s high country.
There are many benefits to landowners who conserve their private property. The landowner may receive significant state tax credits, federal tax deductions, reduced inheritance taxes, and perpetual agricultural property tax status – while the property stays under landowner ownership and control and the landowner can continue agricultural and other historic land uses.
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