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Awards for Excellence Spotlight: Colorado Cattleman’s Agricultural Land Trust

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On Monday, El Pomar Foundation awarded more than $200,000 in grants to seven outstanding nonprofits from across the state. Over the next few weeks, we would like to highlight the impact Awards for Excellence winners are having on the people of Colorado.

This year’s Penrose Award winner, The Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust (CCALT), was formed in 1995 to protect and preserve the state’s productive agricultural lands and the conservation values they support. CCALT works directly with landowners to preserve land across the state, and by extension Colorado’s rich ranching heritage.

“Farmers and ranchers have been stewarding these lands for years, and what we do is acknowledge their efforts and put that onto paper (in the form of conservation easements),” said CCALT executive director, Chris West.

Since its inception, CCALT has protected over 390,000 acres in 37 counties. While Colorado features more than 50 land trusts, CCALT is unique because it is a land trust of landowners for landowners. CCALT is the only land trust in the state focused on serving farmers and ranchers exclusively.

Want to learn more about this year’s Penrose Award winner? Watch the video highlight below, and check out CCALT’s website for more information.