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Land Trust Program Features Tahosa Valley

The Estes Valley Land Trust July breakfast-educational program will be held on Saturday, July 11, at 8:00 a.m. “A Celebration of Tahosa Valley” will be the focus for the gathering. The event will be held at the home of Barbara and Herbert Hoover [8150 Highway #7] on the east side of Peak to Peak Highway. The gate marking their driveway is south of the road leading to Longs Peak Trailhead, beyond the nine-mile marker.

The Hoovers placed a Conservation Easement on approximately 400 acres of their H BAR H Ranch property in 1998. Please make an effort to car share in order to minimize the impact on their land.

Each person attending should bring a lawn chair along with a hat, sunscreen and water.

Breakfast reservations are required; the cost is $10 per person.  Telephone (970) 577.6837 day/night or email no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, July 6. Please provide the name of each person attending so name badges can be prepared.

In case of rain, the event will be moved to the fellowship hall at Presbyterian Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Avenue, in Estes Park.

Kent Keller, EVLT director and chair of the educational event committee, will serve as moderator for a panel of special presenters. The panel will include:
• Jan Robertson, author of Magnificent Mountain Women and Rocky Mountain Rustic;
• Jean Sutherland, former president of the Tahosa Valley Landowners Association;
• SoYoung Lee, music director, Rocky Ridge Music Center;
• Stan Adamson, editor, Paul Nesbit’s Longs Peak: Its Story and A Climbing Guide; and
• Jim White, EVLT vice president. Jim will highlight the Conservation Easements located in Tahosa Valley.

The local Land Trust currently has 145 Conservation Easements which protect 8,590 acres. Of this total, nearly 30% of those acres are in the area commonly known as the Tahosa Valley.

Following the formal program Marcia Tavel, an event committee member, will lead a “wildflower hunt” for those who are interested. Bring your wildflower guide and see how many specimens you can find from Marcia’s list.
The morning’s festivities will be topped off when Herb Hoover leads a group on his favorite hike through the property. Those interested in participating in the hike will want to wear walking shoes.

This is a unique opportunity to visit an Easement property, celebrate the preservation partnership between Tahosa Valley land owners and the Land Trust, and learn more about this special area.

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