Black Canyon Regional Land Trust

The Mission of the Black Canyon Regional Land Trust is to conserve the open lands and rural heritage of western Colorado, primarily in the watersheds of the Uncompahgre, North Fork of the Gunnison, and lower Gunnison Rivers and surrounding areas, for the benefit of the public, today and in perpetuity. Since 1993, Black Canyon Regional Land Trust has worked in partnership with private landowners, communities, foundations, and others to conserve and steward more than 51,000 acres of private land through cooperative conservation easement agreements.
The story of Black Canyon Regional Land Trust begins in the early 1990’s with two independent groups of local citizens that each wanted to help preserve open space and protect the special way of life that defined their areas.  Valley Land Conservancy worked within the Uncompahgre River watershed from offices in Ridgway and Montrose. Three Rivers Land Trust worked within the North Fork of the Gunnison River Watershed.
Valley Land Conservancy and Three Rivers Land Trust both shared the concern that rapid growth and intense development pressure was crowding ranching, agriculture, riparian areas and fragmenting important animal and plant habitats as well as reducing the overall openness of the landscape. Both groups were dedicated to preserving our unique rural heritage. Valley Land Conservancy and Three Rivers Land Trust merged into a single organization, the Black Canyon Land Trust, in 2000.

BCLRT works to:

  • Conserve Agricultural Lands  
  • Conserve Natural Habitat  
  • Preserve Scenic Views ?  
  • Help Communities Plan

Contact Black Canyon Regional Land Trust

Julie Barger
Office Manager & Conservation Projects Manager
1561 Oxbow Drive
Montrose, Colorado  81401
Phone: 970-240-2050


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Delta County, Colorado
  • Gunnison County, Colorado
  • Mesa County, Colorado
  • Montrose County, Colorado
  • Ouray County, Colorado
  • San Miguel County, Colorado

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