Conservation Excellence Conference - Request for Proposals

CCLT's Conservation Excellence Conference

March 21 - 23, 2017 (Tuesday - Thursday)

University of Denver

Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - In-depth half-day Seminars
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - Plenary and Concurrent 75-minute Sessions
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Concurrent 75-minute Sessions

Request for Session Proposals

CCLT's Annual Conservation Excellence Conference is the place for the land conservation community across the Rocky Mountain region to share knowledge and network. With more than 250 attendees annually, CCLT's conference helps define and influence the future of land conservation in the Intermountain West. 

Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts is seeking session proposals for inclusion in the 26th anniversary event, Conservation Excellence 2017.

The deadline to submit session proposals is Monday, November 21, 2016. Please download the RFP guidelines and reply directly to Amanda. 

Registration will open in January. If you are interested in sponsoring, please email us at

  • We hope to create and present a 'Health Track' this year. Do you have expertise or partnerships to be able to facilitate learning? 
  • We are seeking proposals for communications topics again this year.
  • What are current trends for Colorado and western land conservation?
  • What are the big issues in your area of expertise right now?
  • What were you inspired by a session or discussion at Conservation Excellence 2016 or other meeting or conference you attended in the last year?

To submit a proposal, please download the RFP guidelines and email your proposal to Amanda by November 21, 2016.

Finance Training for Land Trusts

Our commitment to conservation permanence is a common goal for all land trusts. CCLT has a Conservation Excellence grant from GOCO to create and offer a finance course created specifically for land trust community (staff, board members, supporting professionals like accountants, CPAs, and financial advisors) to plan for long-term sustainability.

Join CCLT and Professor David Cox (DU’s Reiman School of Finance & Daniels School of Business) for: 

“Colorado Land Trusts and Finance: Planning for Perpetuity”

This course builds on the Land Trust Alliance’s foundational “Financial Management of Land Trusts” Standards and Practices text with real-world examples from active land trusts. Our goal is to improve financial management practices and knowledge across the statewide community.

This course will be offered in-person three times:

Glenwood Springs, Friday, September 30, 8am - 4:30pm, Glenwood Springs Community Center
Golden, Monday, October 3, 8am - 4:30pm, American Mountaineering Center
Durango, Tuesday, October 11, 8am - 4:30pm, Durango Public Library

**This course is being offered AT NO CHARGE. We're even offering travel scholarships.**

Click here to download the working agenda for the course.

Select where you'll attend: *
Name *
State job title or if you're a LT board member.

CCLT wants to encourage as many land trust staff and board members to attend as possible. We know it's a big deal to take a full day out of your schedules to join us. To help incentivize participation, we're offering reimbursement for milage and hotel costsPreference will be given by applying early and for organizations bringing board members. 

NRCS - Appraiser Training

NRCS and Blue Star Ranch present a training session in Denver for both appraisers and cooperating entities:

"Conservation Easement Valuation Workshop"

Monday, October 17, 8:30am - 3:30pm (hour for lunch and two breaks)
 La Quinta Inn, 2761 Crossroads Blvd, Grand Junction, CO

Tuesday, October 18, 9:30am - 4:30pm (hour for lunch and two breaks)
CSU Extension, Unit C, Jeffco Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Ave, Golden, CO

The cost for the seminar is $70.  
Price includes handouts, coffee and snacks.  Lunch is on your own.

Content:  This workshop will emphasize the basic requirements for conservation easement appraisals and the differences between USPAP, Yellow Book, and IRS requirements.  The emphasis will be on NRCS appraisals, however, it will also include other aspects of the conservation easement program.  The goal of the workshop is to make the contracting and appraisal process more efficient for all parties.  Who can do appraisals?  What is required in an appraisal?  Date of value and duration of appraisal.  Inspections by appraisers.  Types of appraisals.  

This course has been approved by the Colorado Board of Real Estate Appraisers for 6 hours of continuing education.  It is also approved for continuing education in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Montana.

Pre-registration is required so that we will have adequate seating space and handouts available.  You may pre-register by emailing me at Download the event brochure here.

Western Slope Fund Development Symposium

Join the Western Slope Rural Philanthropy Days (WS RPD) Interim Committee for the Fund Development Symposium in Delta.

     Date: Wednesday, November 16
     Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
     Location: Delta
     Cost: $75 Regular Price

Fund Development Symposium Sessions:

  Morning Sessions
     Principles of Fund Development (Introductory)
     Setting the Stage for Fund Development Success (Advanced)
  Afternoon Sessions
    Grantwriting for Rural Nonprofits (Introductory)
     Rethinking Revenue: Impact Investing for Nonprofits (Advanced)

Rural Philanthropy Days is a statewide program of

Storytelling Workshop

This November, Lafayette Open Space, in conjunction with Parent Engagement Network and other co-sponsors, is bringing Odds Bodkin to Boulder County for two storytelling performances and a storytelling workshop.   Please join us for one or all three!

1. "Stories of the Land" - performance at Angevine M. S. in Lafayette.  (For families, but all ages, 7-107 will be mesmerized!)

2. "Door to Imagination" - storytelling workshop.   For teachers, parents, etc.     EE professionals will love this! 

3. "StoryEarth" - performance exploring the synergy of story and science at CU's Sustainability, Energy and Environment Complex.  (For adults and high school students).

For information and tickets for all these events, see   and for info on Odds himself, see