Winter still has a hold on Clear Creek Canyon right now, but the days are getting longer and the snow is melting more quickly, even after the big storms. Although the Canyon is beautiful when covered with snow, we can now all start anticipating the green of spring and looking for signs of its approach.
The fundraising numbers have come in for 2015, and I want to thank all of you who contributed to supporting the Clear Creek Land Conservancy last year. 2015 was our best year ever for general contributions! This year CCLC participated in Colorado Gives Day for the first time, and it was a great success. We still have a long way to go before donations match our fundraising goals, but your contributions continue to make our conservation efforts possible.
2016 is the 30th anniversary of the founding of CCLC back in 1986. Back then the Canyon was nearly all privately owned and unavailable for recreational use, and quarries and expanded subdivision for housing seemed to be its ultimate land use fate. We can all be proud that the Canyon is now more than half protected in parks or lands under conservation easements. There is more work to be done, but events are moving in the right direction for full preservation.
Throughout the coming year, look for announcements on this website and elsewhere about events to celebrate our 30th anniversary, which will culminate in a big bash in October. Our photo contest will be running again this year and in recognition of the anniversary, winning photos will be displayed at the State Capitol in Denver.
So, enjoy what is left of winter and plan to spend time in the Canyon as spring and summer approach.