The power of conservation and community is not to be underestimated.
Increasingly, people are turning to our public parks, open spaces, and trails for their health and well-being - both physical and mental. They are coming home to their gardens, their backyards, and each other. Nature offers respite. In this uncharted journey, we are also reminded now more than ever, that secure local food systems are imperative. Farm and ranchland protection, the work of Palmer Land Trust, is a critical piece of the food security puzzle. Conservation makes it possible. Colorado’s landscape and people are resilient. Together, through drought, wildfire, and floods, we have consistently recovered, adapted, and evolved. While we know there is much more to come with COVID-19, nature endures and so will we.
Palmer Land Trust protects the lands and communities that make Southern Colorado special. From the trails I hike to the local produce I eat, Palmer Land Trust guarantees that these valuable assets will continue to define Colorado for my children and future generations.
In the beginning and in the end - it is about the sun, moon, water, land, skies, birds, forests and all living things. To be able to know there are spaces that are respected and protected grounds me and gives me nourishment to live a respectful life of mutual reciprocity.
Having both grown up in wild, open, wonderful places (on Guam for Tony, in Nebraska for Patti) with plenty of room for exploration, it is natural that we want to do what we can to provide similar opportunities for future generations here. Whether it is preserving contiguous wildlife corridors or protecting farm and ranch land in the Lower Arkansas Valley, we are delighted to be a part of the Palmer Land Trust’s ongoing efforts. The accomplishments of PLT benefit us all.
Even though we are planting our spring garden and doing yard chores, the ability to go to beautiful, open spaces to breathe in the outdoor air and be inspired by the Peak soaring above, into the sky, gives me a sense of calm and peace, a reassurance that there is always hope so long as we keep up our connection to the natural things that last.
Two of the things I love most about the Pikes Peak Region are its natural beauty and all the outdoor recreational opportunities it affords in our very backyard. I never tire of hiking places like Red Rock Canyon, Ute Valley Park and Section 16, or enjoying the spectacular and almost unobstructed mountain vistas as I drive up Ute Pass and circle Pikes Peak on the Gold Belt Byway.
If it weren’t for the preservation work of Palmer Land Trust, areas like these would be developed and lost forever to future generations. That’s why I think it’s so important to support this crucial organization in any way I can.
As a small business owner, it can be challenging to find and attract incredible employees. The most important quality that this region offers is outdoor recreation. The work that Palmer Land Trust is critical to ensuring that the qualities that make Colorado unique are maintained, not just for the short term, but forever. Today, PLT's steadfast commitment to land conservation has never been more important. Our lands, open spaces, and outdoor recreation are critical to the success of small businesses like Oxbow Labs. This is why I give.