Sherb Talk: Working Ranches and Land Conservation

Susan Lohr and Stacy McPhail of the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy will talk about private, landowner-driven efforts to place conservation easements on working ranchlands.

Their program was started by Susan with Bill Trampe and other ranchers in 1995 to be an advocate for landowners, not for conservation groups. In the intervening years Susan and Stacy have assisted more than 60 landowners to conserve nearly 50% of the ranchland in Gunnison County. They are very private and respectful of property rights. They have experience with every reason possible that makes conservation a good business and personal choice for landowners. Susan and Stacy assist landowners through the conservation easement process, from first considering conservation to completing and easement. This presentation will explain what a conservation easement does (and doesn’t) do, how the process works, what the financial and personal benefits are, and how conservation easements might fit into business and estate planning.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Interested in supporting the Sherbino? Sponsors make it happen.

Town of Ridgway
Telluride Foundation
Colorado Creative Industries
Ouray County Community Foundation Fund
Western Colorado Community Foundation
Alpine Bank
Alpenglow Arts Alliance
Tri-State Generation & Transmission
Ouray County Performing Arts Guild
Women's Club of Ouray

A history of community

Established in 1915, the Sherbino has been the heart of Ridgway Colorado, providing a venue for community events ranging from music to poetry. Now in a period of re-birth, the Sherbino continues to standout as the hub of events and community activities in Ridgway and throughout Ouray County. On February 11 2012 the Sherbino incorporated as the Ridgway Chautauqua Society Inc. whose mission is to embody the Chautauqua tradition by producing programs celebrating lifelong learning, the arts, culture and community. Learn more about the Sherbino.

Heart of Ridgway

Sherbino Ridgway Colorado

604 Clinton Street

P.O. Box 236

Ridgway, Colorado 81432


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