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North Star Nature Preserve: volunteer opportunity

Help with the restoration of North Star Nature Preserve - this Saturday!
 
AVLT is pairing up with Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers and other conservation groups and agencies for a volunteer work day at the North Star Preserve this Saturday, September 19. Volunteers will help stabilize the bank of the Roaring Fork River in an effort to protect nearby mature cottonwood trees, which provide nesting areas for great blue herons. This project is one of the first ecological restoration efforts following the recently adoption of the updated North Star management plan. The restoration project is funded by Pitkin County Open Space and Trails, Healthy Rivers and Streams, and the City of Aspen. Other partners include Aspen Center for Environmental Studies and the Roaring Fork Conservancy.
 
For more information and to volunteer SIGN UP HERE. The event runs from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. and includes dinner. This is a family friendly project so bring the whole family!

 
12th Annual Save the Land Dance
More than 300 guests – sponsors, conservation landowners and supporter – enjoyed a classic Colorado summer evening at the 12th annual Save the Land Dance on August 22 at the John Nieslanik ranch above Carbondale.  Delicious food by Hickory House Ribs, foot-stomping tunes by singer/songwriter Sandy Wells of Colorado Springs, and a chance to catch up with friends from up and down the valleys created a memorable evening for all.  Outgoing Executive Director Martha Cochran was honored by current and former AVLT Board members.  View more photos from this lovely evening by clicking here.


John Nieslanik Ranch


For more than 50 years, John Nieslanik has irrigated the pastures and raised cattle on his 167-acre ranch above Carbondale. He’s watched ranchlands become subdivisions and says it hurts to see good land torn up. John and his sons, Mark, Matt, Mike and Marty, were among the first ranchers in the area to place a conservation easement on their land so that the next generation will always have a place to ranch.
In 1957, John and brothers Paul and Bob formed a partnership and began to acquire a block of land on East Mesa, from the edge of town toward the base of Mt. Sopris.  They later divided the land among themselves and each ranched and raised a family there.
This summer, John Nieslanik and his sons and families again welcomed fellow conserved landowners and AVLT supporters to their place this year for the annual Save the Land Dance.  

AVLT celebrates National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day is September 26 and AVLT is teaming with White River National Forest to showcase conservation lands within or adjacent to the WRNF. Of the 172 properties conserved by AVLT in the Roaring Fork and Middle Colorado River valleys, 35 are adjacent to Forest Service lands (55 conserved lands are adjacent to BLM land). Follow our Facebook posts this month to learn more about these special places.
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Images: All land dance images by Matt Suby Photography, John Nieslanik portrait by Tyler Stableford Photography