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Turn of the century horse races at the site of the future Amy's Meadow conservation easement. Photo courtesy of the Aspen Historical Society, Shaw Collection.

Amy's Meadow: Here Today, Here Tomorrow

The meadows that gave rise to the Aspen Meadows Resort are here to stay. The Aspen Institute’s iconic central meadow, Amy’s Meadow, which lies on the edge of Aspen’s West End between the Aspen Meadows Resort and the Aspen Music Tent, was recently conserved in perpetuity through a conservation easement donated to AVLT.
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Charlie Cole is a long-time supporter and former board member of AVLT, and he is the past owner of Rock Bottom Ranch (RBR). In his words, “the best conservationist is a long-term rancher who stays on the land.” Charlie believes wildlife, “our native creatures,” have a right to exist. He loves to see the parts of RBR that have remained unchanged for over 80 years, knowing that the land and river is protected forever by a conservation easement held by AVLT. Charlie encouraged current owners ACES to restore stream-fed ponds that rebuild bird and fish habitat. He is proud of Rock Bottom Ranch as it is a “live stage” for educational programs.

It's Land Dance Time!
           

We hope you will join us Saturday, August 27 at 5:30 for the 13th annual "Save the Land Dance" held once again on the fields of John Nieslanik’s ranch. We come together with friends and neighbors to honor and celebrate the families who have forever protected their properties as open lands. Featuring a silent and live auction to support AVLT's local conservation work, delicious Hickory House barbeque and the rocking sound of Halden Wofford and the Hi Beams. Come enjoy the sweeping views of Mt. Sopris – hope to see you there!

Click here to purchase tickets: $85 if purchased before August 15, $100 after.
Special $40 under 40 rate ($50 after 8/15).

John Nieslanik Ranch - 0979 County Road 101, Carbondale. On White Hill on the east end of town, past St. Mary's Catholic Church.
 
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Images: Horse racing photo courtesy of the Aspen Historical Society, Shaw Collection, Charlie Cole portrait by Lois Abel Harlamert, Dave Erickson dancing with his lovely wife Kate Cardamone by Matt Suby Photography.