Colorado Open Lands (COL) announced today its merger with the Southwest Land Alliance (SLA), a land trust serving the south-central portion of Colorado and working primarily in Archuleta County for the past 40 years.  SLA has conserved 44 properties on over 26,000 acres of land in southern Colorado.  Funding for the completion of the merger was provided by Great Outdoors Colorado and the Jacob and Terese Hershey Foundation.  The merger was effective December 31, 2020.  Congratulations to both COL and SLA on this partnership!

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Melinda Beck is a real estate and land use attorney who has more than two decades of experience.  Melinda’s conservation law expertise includes the donation and purchase and sale of conservation easements to land trusts and local governments by private landowners throughout Colorado

Melinda Beck is a real estate and land use attorney who has more than two decades of experience.  Melinda’s conservation law expertise includes the donation and purchase and sale of conservation easements to land trusts and local governments by private landowners throughout Colorado and nationally. She represents land trusts and private landowners regarding all issues related to conservation easement transactions and stewardship, including obtaining discretionary approvals and amendments to conservation easements. She is an emeritus member of the Land Trust Alliance Conservation Defense Advisory Council. Melinda has a degree in Economics from Pomona College and a law degree from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.