Welcoming New Staff - Palmer's Regional Vision Expands

As the new year gains speed, Palmer Land Trust is focused on propelling conservation forward in the most meaningful way in southern Colorado. In order to do so, we know we need to think and act big, and we must grow our network of members and partners in each of the communities we serve. To that end, Palmer has expanded its development, communications, and community engagement department. We officially welcomed two new staff members at the beginning of the year who bring a depth of talent, commitment, and expertise to our organization.

Palmer’s new communications coordinator, Ashlee Sack, lives in Cañon City and is an avid runner and cyclist. She is an advocate for outdoor recreation and local food in southern Colorado. One of her goals with Palmer is to bring conservation impact to her community in Fremont County and beyond. Ashlee also works for Fremont Adventure Recreation (, a grass-roots, community-led organization that has been instrumental in creating and maintaining outdoor recreation opportunities in the Royal Gorge Region. Working for both Palmer and FAR, Ashlee hopes to bring greater synergy between the organizations in service of conservation in the Upper Arkansas Basin. 

“I’m thrilled to welcome Ashlee to the Palmer team,” says Palmer president and chief executive officer, Rebecca Jewett. “Ashlee will be working closely with Kristie Nackord, who also lives in Fremont County, on our fundraising and communications team. Growing our staff and our presence in this part of our service area shows our commitment to being a leading regional organization. We’re proud to serve conservation from the summit of Pikes Peak to the mountainous headwaters of the Arkansas River, to the rolling grasslands and farmland of the lower Arkansas Valley. Palmer also has an office in Rocky Ford, which opened in 2013, and is staffed by Matt Heimerich, director of conservation for the lower Arkansas Valley. Later in 2020, we will open an office in Pueblo, further defining our commitment to conservation southern Colorado. At Palmer, we understand that conservation is no longer simply about protecting land, it is about community transformation. As we grow, we are excited to bring inspiring people onto our team that represent the spirit and soul of each of the communities we serve and exude a deep passion for conservation.”

Also joining the Palmer team is office coordinator, Stephanie Chatman. Stephanie’s passion for nature and Palmer’s mission is matched by her enthusiasm and organizational skills that keep Palmer’s systems and office high-functioning. Stephanie spent three years in the U.S. Army as a military police officer and has her Bachelor of Science in Business and Psychology from the University of Maryland University College, as well as a Masters of Science in Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. Stephanie lives in Colorado Springs with her three children and has traveled extensively throughout her life during her time in the military, allowing her to observe first-hand the power of place and nature.

About Palmer Land Trust 

Founded in 1977, Palmer’s professional staff are experts in their field and are fueled by their love of the land. Our organizational roots run deep and broad and we actively work alongside individuals, private and public partners, and communities to achieve our shared mission. Together, we’ve conserved 136,000 acres, including 20 public parks and open spaces, forever. Our service area ranges from the summit of Pikes Peak to the mountainous headwaters of the Arkansas River and rolling grasslands and farmland of the lower Arkansas Valley. Our commitment - to ensure these places we cherish today will be here tomorrow, and for future generations.