The 2017 Southern Colorado Conservation Awards

The Southern Colorado Conservation Awards (SCCA) recognizes individuals and organizations that are dedicated to stewardship, education, and innovation in conservation impacting southern Colorado. Each of the eight years of SCCA, we have had many inspiring and diverse nominations. This year was no exception. Our Blue Ribbon Panel faced the tough task of choosing three winners from nominations submitted by the community at large

"This year's slate of award winners highlights inspiring stories from an incredibly diverse range of people and projects, including ranching in Westcliffe, recreation in Canon City, and water and land conservation on a statewide scale. We are excited to tell these stories."

-Palmer Land Trust Executive Director and event emcee, Rebecca Jewett 

The Awards

The Stuart P. Dodge Award honors a lifetime in achievement in conservation. 

The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes an individual or organization(s) that has positively impacted the land and the way members of our communities understand and respect their relationship to it.

The Innovation in Conservation Award honors an individual, group, project, or program that has advanced the cause of conservation by developing new conservation models, creating new conservation funding mechanisms, or implementing unique partnerships that protect our natural heritage.

The Distinction in Conservation Award is a prestigious discretionary award determined by the Blue Ribbon Panel recognizing catalytic excellence and influence in conservation in southern Colorado.


Thank you to the organizations and individuals that made the 2017 Southern Colorado Conservation Awards a possibility. 

Interested in sponsoring a future event or having a table at the 2018 event? Contact our offices at [email protected] or by calling (719) 632-3236.


David C. Conley, Attorney 

Carla Hartsell 

Pueblo District Attorney 

Nancy Lewis