Colorado Open Lands and San Isabel Land Protection Trust announced a merger of operations effective December 31, 2021.  The two land trusts have collaborated on a number of projects in the past, and the collaboration is taken to a new level with the merger.  Colorado Open Lands has protected more than 600,000 acres of land in conservation easements statewide, and San Isabel holds conservation easements on more than 42,000 acres in southern Colorado.  Colorado Open Lands will maintain an office in San Isabel’s existing location in Westcliffe, Colorado.  Congratulations to both organizations!

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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.