Granby-based Colorado Headwaters Land Trust names new executive director
New director has hands-on agricultural, conservation experience
GRANBY — The organization created to hold easements for lands that should never be developed, all in the name of conservation, now has a new director at its helm.
Jeremy Krones was named executive director of the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust in March following a vote of its volunteer board of directors. The Granby-based organization first welcomed Krones as program director in 2018.
“Jeremy is dedicated to experience-based and collaborative conservation,” stated representatives from the Colorado Headwaters Land Trust.
The Maryland native had previously worked as manager of Diablo Trust, a collaborative rangeland conservation organization in Arizona. Prior to Diablo Trust, he was farm manager on a 98,000-acre ranch in northern Arizona.
In his six months in Grand County, Krones built a strong network of friends and colleagues throughout Colorado in the nonprofit and natural resource communities, and he intends to continue building that network.
Having been a trail maintenance crew leader and backcountry steward in Appalachia and the Adirondacks, he greatly enjoys backpacking and spending time outside, including his new-found activity of Nordic skiing.
While most of his work takes place in the main office in Granby, Krones said he also looks forward to visiting some of Grand County’s ranches.
His environmental ethic is influenced by his experiences on farms and ranches across North America, the Caribbean, Europe, and Israel, and by his close relationships with cattle ranchers, forest rangers, and environmental educators of all stripes. Krones defined his ethic in three words: conservation, education, and collaboration.
The land trust currently holds 63 conservation easements in Grand County, totaling more than 8,826 acres that can never be developed or subdivided, for the protection of valuable viewsheds, ranches and wildlife habitat.
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