Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy

Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy (GRCL) is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization based in Gunnison County, CO.  Acting on behalf of landowners in conjunction with established land trusts,  GRCL works with ranching families to protect their lands with conservation easements.

GRCL was started in 1996 by two individuals with different backgrounds but similar concerns and objectives for protecting agricultural lands in their area:  Bill Trampe, an area rancher, and Susan Lohr, the former director of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory.  Together, they began investigating the opportunities and services that a traditional land trust might offer to ranch families.  In the end, they realized that the best way to protect agriculture was to keep families on the land by raising the funds necessary to purchase conservation easements.

GRCL strives to meet landowners' needs and offer information to further understanding of the conservation easement process. 

GRCL does not hold easements itself. Rather, it acts as an intermediary organization for conservation-minded landowners.  Services offered by GRCL include:

  • helping landowners assess their needs and future plans
  • finding an appropriate land trust
  • obtaining funding to pay for conservation easements
  • completing legal and technical aspects of the transaction

GRCL also promotes public awareness about the ranching industry and encourages policies that support ranching in Gunnison through our outreach program Gunnison Valley Ranching. 

Contact Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy

Stacy McPhail
Executive Director
307 N. Main St.
Ste 2H
Gunnison, Colorado  81230
Phone: (970) 641-4386


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Gunnison County, Colorado

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