LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY

Address
PO BOX 1651
DURANGO, CO 81302
Contact
Website: http://lposc.org
Phone: +1 (970) 259-3415
Nonprofit
NTEE: C34 - Land Resources Conservation
EIN: 84-1204273

Mission

THE ORGANIZATION'S PRIMARY EXEMPT PURPOSE IS TO IDENTIFY, PRESERVE AND PROTECT OPEN LANDS, PARKS AND TRAILS IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO FOR THE BENEFIT OF WILDLIFE, AGRICULTURE,AND PUBLIC OPEN SPACE.
 201620152014
Basic features of the organization
Year of formation1992
Subsection501(c)(3)
Organization typeCorporation
Human resources, including compensation
Summary compensation info
Total compensation of current key personnel$66,235.00  
Sum of reportable (W2/1099) compensation$61,121.00  
Number of employees222
Number of volunteers35189
Personnel
Compton, Ted
TitleBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated personTED COMPTONTED COMPTONTED COMPTON
Average hours per week working for org1.001.005.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Craig, Travis
Title  TREASURER/VP
Name of key/compensated person  TRAVIS CRAIG
Average hours per week working for org  1.00
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00
Position  Individual trustee or director, Officer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00
Huff, Amy
TitleBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated personAMY HUFFAMY HUFFAMY HUFF
Average hours per week working for org1.001.001.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Jardine, Jennifer
Title  SECRETARY
Name of key/compensated person  JENNIFER JARDINE
Average hours per week working for org  3.00
Reportable compensation from org  $0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs  $0.00
Position  Individual trustee or director, Officer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs   $0.00
Magee, Brian
TitleBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated personBRIAN MAGEEBRIAN MAGEEBRIAN MAGEE
Average hours per week working for org1.001.005.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Pease, Steve
TitleVP/TREASURERVP/TREASURER 
Name of key/compensated personSTEVE PEASESTEVE PEASE 
Average hours per week working for org1.001.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 
PositionIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director, Officer 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 
Reeves, Adam
TitleVP/SECRETARYVP/SECRETARYBOARD MEMBER
Name of key/compensated personADAM REEVESADAM REEVESADAM REEVES
Average hours per week working for org12.0012.008.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Schwarzbach, Amy
TitleEXECUTIVE DI  
Name of key/compensated personAMY SCHWARZBACH  
Average hours per week working for org40.00  
Reportable compensation from org$61,121.00  
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00  
PositionIndividual trustee or director  
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00  
Stiles, Mark
TitlePRESIDENTPRESIDENT 
Name of key/compensated personMARK STILESMARK STILES 
Average hours per week working for org5.005.00 
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00 
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00 
PositionIndividual trustee or director, OfficerIndividual trustee or director, Officer 
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00 
Zink, Jerry
TitleBOARD MEMBERBOARD MEMBERPRESIDENT
Name of key/compensated personJERRY ZINKJERRY ZINKJERRY ZINK
Average hours per week working for org1.001.0010.00
Reportable compensation from org$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other comp, non-reportable, from org and related orgs$0.00$0.00$0.00
PositionIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or directorIndividual trustee or director, Officer
Corresponding comp from related orgs
Reportable compensation from related orgs $0.00$0.00$0.00
Purpose: mission, activities & accomplishments
Mission or significant activitiesTHE ORGANIZATION'S PRIMARY EXEMPT PURPOSE IS TO IDENTIFY, PRESERVE AND PROTECT OPEN LANDS, PARKS AND TRAILS IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO FOR THE BENEFIT OF WILDLIFE, AGRICULTURE,AND PUBLIC OPEN SPACE.THE ORGANIZATION'S PRIMARY EXEMPT PURPOSE IS TO IDENTIFY, PRESERVE AND PROTECT OPEN LANDS, PARKS AND TRAILS IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO FOR THE BENEFIT OF WILDLIFE, AGRICULTURE,AND PUBLIC OPEN SPACE.THE ORGANIZATION'S PRIMARY EXEMPT PURPOSE IS TO IDENTIFY, PRESERVE AND PROTECT OPEN LANDS, PARKS AND TRAILS IN SOUTHWEST COLORADO FOR THE BENEFIT OF WILDLIFE, AGRICULTURE,AND PUBLIC OPEN SPACE.
Program expenses (total)$153,983.00$148,627.00$110,124.00
Programs, including revenue & expenses
COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION AND MEMBERSHIP: LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCYS COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM IS KEY TO CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THE LANDS WE PROTECT. DURING 2014, THE CONSERVANCY GAVE EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS AT DURANGOS LYONS CLUB, KIWANIS CLUB, AND ROTARY CLUB MEETINGS. THE CONSERVANCY TOOK PART IN CAREER DAYS AT FORT LEWIS COLLEGE, AND BEGAN HOSTING STUDENT INTERNS. IN ADDITION TO THE ANNUAL OUTREACH FUNDRAISING EVENT AND ANNUAL APPRECIATION PICNIC, THE CONSERVANCY EXPANDED ITS COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM TO INCLUDE AN EDUCATIONAL FILM EVENT TO ILLUSTRATE LAND CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES, A FREE CONCERT TO INSPIRE YOUNGER COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO BE INVOLVED, AND BEGAN CONTACTING REAL ESTATE OFFICES TO SCHEDULE EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS. THE CONSERVANCY ALSO HOSTED AN EDUCATIONAL BOOTH AT THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET, AND DURING PUBLIC ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS AT THE DURANGO ARTS CENTER. LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY HOSTS A MEMBERSHIP BASE OF NEARLY 500 COMMUNITY MEMBERS. THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS ENABLES THE CONSERVANCY TO ACHIEVE ITS MISSION TO PROTECT VALUABLE LANDS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. OUR MEMBERSHIP HAS INCREASED AS WE HAVE INCREASED OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION PROGRAM.
Program expenses  $14,854.00
Program description  COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION AND MEMBERSHIP: LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCYS COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAM IS KEY TO CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THE LANDS WE PROTECT. DURING 2014, THE CONSERVANCY GAVE EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS AT DURANGOS LYONS CLUB, KIWANIS CLUB, AND ROTARY CLUB MEETINGS. THE CONSERVANCY TOOK PART IN CAREER DAYS AT FORT LEWIS COLLEGE, AND BEGAN HOSTING STUDENT INTERNS. IN ADDITION TO THE ANNUAL OUTREACH FUNDRAISING EVENT AND ANNUAL APPRECIATION PICNIC, THE CONSERVANCY EXPANDED ITS COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM TO INCLUDE AN EDUCATIONAL FILM EVENT TO ILLUSTRATE LAND CONSERVATION ACTIVITIES, A FREE CONCERT TO INSPIRE YOUNGER COMMUNITY MEMBERS TO BE INVOLVED, AND BEGAN CONTACTING REAL ESTATE OFFICES TO SCHEDULE EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS. THE CONSERVANCY ALSO HOSTED AN EDUCATIONAL BOOTH AT THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET, AND DURING PUBLIC ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS AT THE DURANGO ARTS CENTER. LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY HOSTS A MEMBERSHIP BASE OF NEARLY 500 COMMUNITY MEMBERS. THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS ENABLES THE CONSERVANCY TO ACHIEVE ITS MISSION TO PROTECT VALUABLE LANDS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. OUR MEMBERSHIP HAS INCREASED AS WE HAVE INCREASED OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION PROGRAM.
LAND PROTECTION AND STEWARDSHIP: ONLY LANDS HOSTING CONSERVATION VALUES THAT BENEFIT THE GREATER GOOD QUALIFY FOR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS. LPOSC HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PERMANENT PROTECTION OF NEARLY 30,00 ACRES ACROSS SEVEN COUNTIES SINCE IT BEGAN IN 1992. THIS NUMBER INCLUDES PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LAND TRUSTS AND LAND MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS. CURRENTLY, LPOSC HOLDS 176 EASEMENTS, PROTECTING 20,092 ACRES OF LAND. IN 2016, TWO CONSERVATION EASEMENTS WERE FINALIZED, ADDING 471.19 ACRES OF IMPORTANT WILDLIFE HABITAT, SECURING THE SCENIC NATURE OF TURTLE LAKE, AS WELL AS A HISTORICAL AGRICULTURAL RANCH, AND 1.2 MILES OF THE LA PLATA RIVER CORRIDOR. AS A CERTIFIED CONSERVATION EASEMENT HOLDER, LPOSC IS LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO MONITOR EVERY PROTECTED PROPERTY ANNUALLY TO ENSURE THE NATURAL RESOURCES ARE BEING STEWARDED AS PROMISED PER THE CONSERVATION EASEMENT, AND ALSO SERVES TO CONNECT CONSERVATION EASEMENT DONORS AND SUBSEQUENT LANDOWNERS TO LPOSC, KEEPING A FRIENDLY WORKING RELATIONSHIP OVER TIME. IN ADDITION TO THE 176 EASEMENTS PROTECTED BY LPOSC, LPOSC WAS CONTRACTED TO MONITOR 22 ANIMAS CONSERVANCY EASEMENTS AND VOLUNTEER MONITORED 6 LA PLATA COUNTY EASEMENTS. PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS WITH MOUNTAIN STUDIES INSTITUTE, SOUTHWEST CONSERVATION CORPS, ANIMAS WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP, ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIRD OBSERVATORY, LA PLATA COUNTY WEED MANAGEMENT, THE CITY OF DURANGO AND OTHERS REMOVED TAMARISK AND RUSSIAN OLIVE FROM THE ANIMAS RIVER. STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON HABITAT RESTORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LOCAL, ENVIRONMENTAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.
Program expenses$118,010.00  
Program descriptionLAND PROTECTION AND STEWARDSHIP: ONLY LANDS HOSTING CONSERVATION VALUES THAT BENEFIT THE GREATER GOOD QUALIFY FOR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS. LPOSC HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PERMANENT PROTECTION OF NEARLY 30,00 ACRES ACROSS SEVEN COUNTIES SINCE IT BEGAN IN 1992. THIS NUMBER INCLUDES PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LAND TRUSTS AND LAND MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS. CURRENTLY, LPOSC HOLDS 176 EASEMENTS, PROTECTING 20,092 ACRES OF LAND. IN 2016, TWO CONSERVATION EASEMENTS WERE FINALIZED, ADDING 471.19 ACRES OF IMPORTANT WILDLIFE HABITAT, SECURING THE SCENIC NATURE OF TURTLE LAKE, AS WELL AS A HISTORICAL AGRICULTURAL RANCH, AND 1.2 MILES OF THE LA PLATA RIVER CORRIDOR. AS A CERTIFIED CONSERVATION EASEMENT HOLDER, LPOSC IS LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO MONITOR EVERY PROTECTED PROPERTY ANNUALLY TO ENSURE THE NATURAL RESOURCES ARE BEING STEWARDED AS PROMISED PER THE CONSERVATION EASEMENT, AND ALSO SERVES TO CONNECT CONSERVATION EASEMENT DONORS AND SUBSEQUENT LANDOWNERS TO LPOSC, KEEPING A FRIENDLY WORKING RELATIONSHIP OVER TIME. IN ADDITION TO THE 176 EASEMENTS PROTECTED BY LPOSC, LPOSC WAS CONTRACTED TO MONITOR 22 ANIMAS CONSERVANCY EASEMENTS AND VOLUNTEER MONITORED 6 LA PLATA COUNTY EASEMENTS. PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS WITH MOUNTAIN STUDIES INSTITUTE, SOUTHWEST CONSERVATION CORPS, ANIMAS WATERSHED PARTNERSHIP, ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIRD OBSERVATORY, LA PLATA COUNTY WEED MANAGEMENT, THE CITY OF DURANGO AND OTHERS REMOVED TAMARISK AND RUSSIAN OLIVE FROM THE ANIMAS RIVER. STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON HABITAT RESTORATION AND PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LOCAL, ENVIRONMENTAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.  
LAND PROTECTION AND STEWARDSHIP: ONLY LANDS HOSTING CONSERVATION VALUES THAT BENEFIT THE GREATER GOOD QUALIFY FOR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS. LPOSC HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PERMANENT PROTECTION OF NEARLY 30,000 ACRES ACROSS SEVEN COUNTIES SINCE IT BEGAN IN 1992. THIS NUMBER INCLUDES PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LAND TRUSTS AND LAND MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS. CURRENTLY, LPOSC HOLDS 174 EASEMENTS, PROTECTING ALMOST 20,000 ACRES OF LAND. IN 2015, ONE CONSERVATION EASEMENT WAS FINALIZED, ADDING 100 ACRES TO A STRETCH OF LAND NOW PROTECTING 1,000 ACRES OF THE ANIMAS RIVER CORRIDOR, THE SAN JUAN SCENIC SKYWAY, SCENIC VIEWS FROM THE D&SNGRR AND NEARBY PUBLIC TRAILS AND VIEWPOINTS AS WELL AS IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES. IN 2015 LPOSC ALSO WORKED WITH LANDOWNERS TO ASSIGN THREE CONSERVATION EASEMENTS PROTECTING ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES TOTALING 180 ACRES TO THE CANYON OF THE ANCIENTS NATIONAL MONUMENT. AS A CERTIFIED CONSERVATION EASEMENT HOLDER, LPOSC IS LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO MONITOR EVERY PROTECTED PROPERTY ANNUALLY TO ENSURE THE NATURAL RESOURCES ARE BEING STEWARDED AS PROMISED PER THE CONSERVATION EASEMENT, AND ALSO SERVES TO CONNECT CONSERVATION EASEMENT DONORS AND SUBSEQUENT LANDOWNERS TO LPOSC, KEEPING A FRIENDLY WORKING RELATIONSHIP OVER TIME. IN ADDITION TO THE 174 EASEMENTS PROTECTED BY LPOSC, LPOSC WAS CONTRACTED TO MONITOR 22 ANIMAS CONSERVANCY EASEMENTS AND VOLUNTEER MONITORED 6 LA PLATA COUNTY EASEMENTS. PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS WITH SOUTHWEST CONSERVATION CORPS REMOVED TAMARISK AND RUSSIAN OLIVE FROM THE ANIMAS RIVER AND NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE TO REVEGETATE TREATED AREAS WITH NATIVE TREE SEEDLINGS TO IMPROVE HABITAT AS WELL AS FIREWISE TO THIN AT RISK FORESTS ON CONSERVATION EASEMENTS. STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON HABITAT RESTORATION ARE PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LOCAL, ENVIRONMENTAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. 2015 INCLUDED EXTENSIVE WORK BY LPOSC ON RENEWING ITS ACCREDITATION STATUS WITH THE LAND TRUST ACCREDITATION COMMISSION. WHILE ACCREDITATION SERVES TO GUIDE ORGANIZATIONAL OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNANCE, IT PROVIDES NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR LPOSC TO FOLLOW IN LAND PROTECTION, STEWARDSHIP, AND LEGAL DEFENSE. LPOSC DEDICATED APPROXIMATELY 800 HOURS OF STAFF TIME TO ACCREDITATION RENEWAL IN 2015.
Program expenses $112,466.00 
Program description LAND PROTECTION AND STEWARDSHIP: ONLY LANDS HOSTING CONSERVATION VALUES THAT BENEFIT THE GREATER GOOD QUALIFY FOR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS. LPOSC HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PERMANENT PROTECTION OF NEARLY 30,000 ACRES ACROSS SEVEN COUNTIES SINCE IT BEGAN IN 1992. THIS NUMBER INCLUDES PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LAND TRUSTS AND LAND MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS. CURRENTLY, LPOSC HOLDS 174 EASEMENTS, PROTECTING ALMOST 20,000 ACRES OF LAND. IN 2015, ONE CONSERVATION EASEMENT WAS FINALIZED, ADDING 100 ACRES TO A STRETCH OF LAND NOW PROTECTING 1,000 ACRES OF THE ANIMAS RIVER CORRIDOR, THE SAN JUAN SCENIC SKYWAY, SCENIC VIEWS FROM THE D&SNGRR AND NEARBY PUBLIC TRAILS AND VIEWPOINTS AS WELL AS IMPORTANT AGRICULTURAL RESOURCES. IN 2015 LPOSC ALSO WORKED WITH LANDOWNERS TO ASSIGN THREE CONSERVATION EASEMENTS PROTECTING ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES TOTALING 180 ACRES TO THE CANYON OF THE ANCIENTS NATIONAL MONUMENT. AS A CERTIFIED CONSERVATION EASEMENT HOLDER, LPOSC IS LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO MONITOR EVERY PROTECTED PROPERTY ANNUALLY TO ENSURE THE NATURAL RESOURCES ARE BEING STEWARDED AS PROMISED PER THE CONSERVATION EASEMENT, AND ALSO SERVES TO CONNECT CONSERVATION EASEMENT DONORS AND SUBSEQUENT LANDOWNERS TO LPOSC, KEEPING A FRIENDLY WORKING RELATIONSHIP OVER TIME. IN ADDITION TO THE 174 EASEMENTS PROTECTED BY LPOSC, LPOSC WAS CONTRACTED TO MONITOR 22 ANIMAS CONSERVANCY EASEMENTS AND VOLUNTEER MONITORED 6 LA PLATA COUNTY EASEMENTS. PARTNERSHIP PROJECTS WITH SOUTHWEST CONSERVATION CORPS REMOVED TAMARISK AND RUSSIAN OLIVE FROM THE ANIMAS RIVER AND NATURAL RESOURCES CONSERVATION SERVICE TO REVEGETATE TREATED AREAS WITH NATIVE TREE SEEDLINGS TO IMPROVE HABITAT AS WELL AS FIREWISE TO THIN AT RISK FORESTS ON CONSERVATION EASEMENTS. STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON HABITAT RESTORATION ARE PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LOCAL, ENVIRONMENTAL NON PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS. 2015 INCLUDED EXTENSIVE WORK BY LPOSC ON RENEWING ITS ACCREDITATION STATUS WITH THE LAND TRUST ACCREDITATION COMMISSION. WHILE ACCREDITATION SERVES TO GUIDE ORGANIZATIONAL OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNANCE, IT PROVIDES NATIONAL STANDARDS FOR LPOSC TO FOLLOW IN LAND PROTECTION, STEWARDSHIP, AND LEGAL DEFENSE. LPOSC DEDICATED APPROXIMATELY 800 HOURS OF STAFF TIME TO ACCREDITATION RENEWAL IN 2015. 
LAND PROTECTION/ACQUISITIONS: LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY EXPERIENCED A RECORD HIGH LEVEL OF LANDOWNER CONTACTS REGARDING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS IN 2014. THIRTY-SEVEN LANDOWNERS REQUESTED INFORMATION ON HOW LAND CONSERVATION MAY MEET THEIR WISHES TO PROTECT THEIR LAND. ONE CONSERVATION EASEMENT WAS FINALIZED IN 2014, ADDING 57 ACRES TO A BLOCK OF PROTECTED LANDS WHICH NOW TOTALS 319 ACRES ADJACENT TO THOUSANDS OF NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS. AN ADDITIONAL THREE EASEMENTS BEGAN IN 2014, AND WILL BE FINALIZED IN 2015 ADDING 270 ACRES OF PROTECTED LANDS IN LA PLATA COUNTY (ALL SIGNIFICANT WILDLIFE HABITAT). ONLY LANDS HOSTING CONSERVATION VALUES THAT BENEFIT THE GREATER GOOD QUALIFY FOR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS. THE CONSERVANCY HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PERMANENT PROTECTION OF NEARLY 30,000 ACRES ACROSS SEVEN COUNTIES SINCE IT BEGAN IN 1992. THIS NUMBER INCLUDES PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LAND TRUSTS AND LAND MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS. CURRENTLY, THE CONSERVANCY HOLDS 176 CONSERVATION EASEMENTS, PROTECTING 20,000 ACRES OF LAND.
Program expenses  $46,943.00
Program description  LAND PROTECTION/ACQUISITIONS: LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY EXPERIENCED A RECORD HIGH LEVEL OF LANDOWNER CONTACTS REGARDING CONSERVATION EASEMENTS IN 2014. THIRTY-SEVEN LANDOWNERS REQUESTED INFORMATION ON HOW LAND CONSERVATION MAY MEET THEIR WISHES TO PROTECT THEIR LAND. ONE CONSERVATION EASEMENT WAS FINALIZED IN 2014, ADDING 57 ACRES TO A BLOCK OF PROTECTED LANDS WHICH NOW TOTALS 319 ACRES ADJACENT TO THOUSANDS OF NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM LANDS. AN ADDITIONAL THREE EASEMENTS BEGAN IN 2014, AND WILL BE FINALIZED IN 2015 ADDING 270 ACRES OF PROTECTED LANDS IN LA PLATA COUNTY (ALL SIGNIFICANT WILDLIFE HABITAT). ONLY LANDS HOSTING CONSERVATION VALUES THAT BENEFIT THE GREATER GOOD QUALIFY FOR CONSERVATION EASEMENTS. THE CONSERVANCY HAS BEEN INVOLVED IN THE PERMANENT PROTECTION OF NEARLY 30,000 ACRES ACROSS SEVEN COUNTIES SINCE IT BEGAN IN 1992. THIS NUMBER INCLUDES PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LAND TRUSTS AND LAND MANAGEMENT ORGANIZATIONS. CURRENTLY, THE CONSERVANCY HOLDS 176 CONSERVATION EASEMENTS, PROTECTING 20,000 ACRES OF LAND.
LAND STEWARDSHIP: AS A CERTIFIED CONSERVATION EASEMENT HOLDER, LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY IS LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO MONITOR EVERY PROTECTED PROPERTY ANNUALLY. THIS ENSURES THAT THE NATURAL RESOURCES ARE BEING STEWARDED AS PROMISED TO THE GREATER GOOD IN THE TERMS OF THE EASEMENT. ANNUAL MONITORING ALSO SERVES TO CONNECT CONSERVATION EASEMENT DONORS AND SUBSEQUENT LANDOWNERS TO THE CONSERVANCY, TO KEEP A FRIENDLY WORKING RELATIONSHIP OVER TIME. IN 2014, LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY BEGAN INVOLVING FORT LEWIS COLLEGE INTERNS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS IN THE MONITORING PROGRAM AS WELL AS STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS INVOLVING HABITAT RESTORATION, FURTHER CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY TO THE LANDSCAPES THE CONSERVANCY PROTECTS. STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON HABITAT RESTORATION ARE NEWLY FORMED PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LOCAL, ENVIRONMENTAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.
Program expenses  $48,327.00
Program description  LAND STEWARDSHIP: AS A CERTIFIED CONSERVATION EASEMENT HOLDER, LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY IS LEGALLY OBLIGATED TO MONITOR EVERY PROTECTED PROPERTY ANNUALLY. THIS ENSURES THAT THE NATURAL RESOURCES ARE BEING STEWARDED AS PROMISED TO THE GREATER GOOD IN THE TERMS OF THE EASEMENT. ANNUAL MONITORING ALSO SERVES TO CONNECT CONSERVATION EASEMENT DONORS AND SUBSEQUENT LANDOWNERS TO THE CONSERVANCY, TO KEEP A FRIENDLY WORKING RELATIONSHIP OVER TIME. IN 2014, LA PLATA OPEN SPACE CONSERVANCY BEGAN INVOLVING FORT LEWIS COLLEGE INTERNS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS IN THE MONITORING PROGRAM AS WELL AS STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS INVOLVING HABITAT RESTORATION, FURTHER CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY TO THE LANDSCAPES THE CONSERVANCY PROTECTS. STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS FOCUSED ON HABITAT RESTORATION ARE NEWLY FORMED PARTNERSHIPS WITH OTHER LOCAL, ENVIRONMENTAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.
OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT: THE CONSERVANCY'S COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS KEY TO CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THE LANDS WE PROTECT. DURING FY2015, LPOSC GAVE EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS AT DURANGO'S LYONS CLUB, KIWANIS CLUB, ROTARY CLUB, REAL ESTATE OFFICES, CITY COUNCIL, COUNTY ASSESSORS, DURANGO GREEN DRINKS, AND LOCAL BUSINESSES INCLUDING OSPREY PACKS, STONEAGE, AND SKA BREWING. LPOSC HOSTED TWO STUDENT INTERNS FROM FORT LEWIS COLLEGE, AND COLLABORATED WITH A GROUP OF FORT LEWIS BUSINESS STUDENTS FOR A SEMESTER LONG PROJECT. LPOSC HOSTED AN EDUCATIONAL BOOTH AT THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET, DURING PUBLIC ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS AT THE DURANGO ARTS CENTER, AT FORT LEWIS COLLEGE, AND AT SKA BREWING'S ANNIVERSARY PARTY. IN ADDITION TO THE ANNUAL OUTREACH FUNDRAISING EVENT AND ANNUAL APPRECIATION PICNIC, LPOSC EXPANDED ITS COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM TO INCLUDE A DAY OF PLEIN AIR PAINTING ON A CONSERVATION EASEMENT WITH A GALLERY OPEN HOUSE DISPLAYING THE PAINTING AT TAYLOR RAYMOND GALLERY FOLLOWING IT. IN 2015, LPOSC CONTINUED INVOLVING FORT LEWIS COLLEGE INTERNS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS IN THE MONITORING PROGRAM AS WELL AS STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS INVOLVING HABITAT RESTORATION, FURTHER CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY TO THE LANDSCAPES LPOSC PROTECTS. LPOSC HOSTS A MEMBERSHIP BASE OF NEARLY 500 COMMUNITY MEMBERS. THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS ENABLES LPOSC TO ACHIEVE ITS MISSION TO PROTECT VALUABLE LANDS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. OUR MEMBERSHIP HAS INCREASED AS WE HAVE INCREASED OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION PROGRAM.
Program expenses $36,161.00 
Program description OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT: THE CONSERVANCY'S COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS KEY TO CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THE LANDS WE PROTECT. DURING FY2015, LPOSC GAVE EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS AT DURANGO'S LYONS CLUB, KIWANIS CLUB, ROTARY CLUB, REAL ESTATE OFFICES, CITY COUNCIL, COUNTY ASSESSORS, DURANGO GREEN DRINKS, AND LOCAL BUSINESSES INCLUDING OSPREY PACKS, STONEAGE, AND SKA BREWING. LPOSC HOSTED TWO STUDENT INTERNS FROM FORT LEWIS COLLEGE, AND COLLABORATED WITH A GROUP OF FORT LEWIS BUSINESS STUDENTS FOR A SEMESTER LONG PROJECT. LPOSC HOSTED AN EDUCATIONAL BOOTH AT THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET, DURING PUBLIC ENVIRONMENTAL EVENTS AT THE DURANGO ARTS CENTER, AT FORT LEWIS COLLEGE, AND AT SKA BREWING'S ANNIVERSARY PARTY. IN ADDITION TO THE ANNUAL OUTREACH FUNDRAISING EVENT AND ANNUAL APPRECIATION PICNIC, LPOSC EXPANDED ITS COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM TO INCLUDE A DAY OF PLEIN AIR PAINTING ON A CONSERVATION EASEMENT WITH A GALLERY OPEN HOUSE DISPLAYING THE PAINTING AT TAYLOR RAYMOND GALLERY FOLLOWING IT. IN 2015, LPOSC CONTINUED INVOLVING FORT LEWIS COLLEGE INTERNS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS IN THE MONITORING PROGRAM AS WELL AS STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS INVOLVING HABITAT RESTORATION, FURTHER CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY TO THE LANDSCAPES LPOSC PROTECTS. LPOSC HOSTS A MEMBERSHIP BASE OF NEARLY 500 COMMUNITY MEMBERS. THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS ENABLES LPOSC TO ACHIEVE ITS MISSION TO PROTECT VALUABLE LANDS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. OUR MEMBERSHIP HAS INCREASED AS WE HAVE INCREASED OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION PROGRAM. 
OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT: THE CONSERVANCY'S COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS KEY TO CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THE LANDS WE PROTECT. DURING FY2016, LPOSC GAVE EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS AT OSPREY BACKPACKS GREEN LUNCH, SKA BREWING, AND DURANGO GREEN DRINKS. LPOSC HOSTED ONE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION STUDENT INTERN FROM FORT LEWIS COLLEGE. LPOSC HOSTED AN EDUCATION BOOTH AT THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET, AND AT SKA BREWING'S ANNIVERSARY PARTY, AS WELL AS AN OPEN HOUSE BOOTH AT THE DURANGO HOME AND RANCH SHOW. A COLORADO ARTIST PRODUCED "THE STORY OF OUR HOME", A STORY MAP DEPICTING THE AMAZING RESOURCES PROTECTED BY LPOSC, WHICH IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN SEVERAL RETAIL BUSINESSES. IN ADDITION TO THE ANNUAL OUTREACH FUNDRAISING EVENT, LPOSC EXPANDED ITS COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM TO INCLUDE A FREE EDUCATIONAL FILM EVENT FEATURING LOCAL SPEAKERS. IN 2016 LPOSC CONTINUED INVOLVING FORT LEWIS COLLEGE INTERNS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS IN THE MONITORING PROGRAM AS WELL AS STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS INVOLVING HABITAT RESTORATION, FURTHER CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY TO THE LANDSCAPES LPOSC PROTECTS. LPOSC HOSTS A MEMBERSHIP BASE OF OVER 500 COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND BUSINESSES, AND A SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING OF OVER 1,000 INDIVIDUALS. THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS ENABLES LPOSC TO ACHIEVE ITS MISSION TO PROTECT VALUABLE LANDS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. OUR MEMBERSHIP HAS INCREASED AS WE HAVE INCREASED OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION PROGRAM.
Program expenses$35,973.00  
Program descriptionOUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT: THE CONSERVANCY'S COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM IS KEY TO CONNECTING PEOPLE TO THE LANDS WE PROTECT. DURING FY2016, LPOSC GAVE EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS AT OSPREY BACKPACKS GREEN LUNCH, SKA BREWING, AND DURANGO GREEN DRINKS. LPOSC HOSTED ONE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION STUDENT INTERN FROM FORT LEWIS COLLEGE. LPOSC HOSTED AN EDUCATION BOOTH AT THE LOCAL FARMERS MARKET, AND AT SKA BREWING'S ANNIVERSARY PARTY, AS WELL AS AN OPEN HOUSE BOOTH AT THE DURANGO HOME AND RANCH SHOW. A COLORADO ARTIST PRODUCED "THE STORY OF OUR HOME", A STORY MAP DEPICTING THE AMAZING RESOURCES PROTECTED BY LPOSC, WHICH IS AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE IN SEVERAL RETAIL BUSINESSES. IN ADDITION TO THE ANNUAL OUTREACH FUNDRAISING EVENT, LPOSC EXPANDED ITS COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAM TO INCLUDE A FREE EDUCATIONAL FILM EVENT FEATURING LOCAL SPEAKERS. IN 2016 LPOSC CONTINUED INVOLVING FORT LEWIS COLLEGE INTERNS AND COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS IN THE MONITORING PROGRAM AS WELL AS STEWARDSHIP PROGRAMS INVOLVING HABITAT RESTORATION, FURTHER CONNECTING OUR COMMUNITY TO THE LANDSCAPES LPOSC PROTECTS. LPOSC HOSTS A MEMBERSHIP BASE OF OVER 500 COMMUNITY MEMBERS AND BUSINESSES, AND A SOCIAL MEDIA FOLLOWING OF OVER 1,000 INDIVIDUALS. THE GENEROUS SUPPORT OF THE MEMBERS ENABLES LPOSC TO ACHIEVE ITS MISSION TO PROTECT VALUABLE LANDS FOR GENERATIONS TO COME. OUR MEMBERSHIP HAS INCREASED AS WE HAVE INCREASED OUR COMMUNITY OUTREACH/EDUCATION PROGRAM.  
Financial data
Expense categories (totals)
Sum (total functional expenses)$190,735.00$169,137.00$157,772.00
Program services (total functional expenses)$153,983.00$148,627.00$110,124.00
Management & general (total functional expenses)$36,752.00$20,510.00$31,847.00
Fundraising (total functional expenses)$0.00$0.00$15,801.00
Revenue
Total revenue$200,514.00$221,027.00$263,925.00
Program service revenue (total) $2,083.00$1,000.00
Revenue from contributions (total)$127,099.00$141,089.00$152,258.00
Revenue from noncash contributions$22,000.00  
Investment income$35,835.00$60,966.00$105,501.00
Total unrelated business revenue$0.00$0.00$0.00
Other revenue, current yr$37,580.00$16,889.00$5,166.00
Total revenue from grants, etc., current yr$127,099.00$141,089.00$152,258.00
Gross receipts$499,112.00$561,504.00$601,411.00
Sources of contributions
Contributions revenue from membership dues$15,435.00$16,158.00$13,574.00
Revenue from fundraising events  $5,050.00
Revenue from all other contributions$111,664.00$124,931.00$133,634.00
Other types of revenue
Income from dividends, interest, and similar investments$65,933.00$81,827.00$98,630.00
Net rental income $0.00$0.00
Net income from fundraising events$37,580.00$16,889.00$5,166.00
Fees for services
Fundraising service fees (total)$0.00$0.00$0.00
Investment management fees (total)$8,617.00$8,882.00$10,955.00
Accounting service fees (total)$17,181.00$3,563.00$750.00
Assets and liabilities
Total assets$1,252,443.00$1,186,112.00$1,211,651.00
Total assets, beginning of year$1,186,112.00$1,211,651.00$1,167,170.00
Total liabilities$20,040.00$7,319.00$9,096.00
Total liabilities, beginning of year$7,319.00$9,096.00$2,464.00
Pledges & accounts receivable, net$2,639.00$14,655.00 
Temporarily restricted net assets$3,280.00  
Net assets$1,232,403.00$1,178,793.00$1,202,555.00
Net assets, beginning of year$1,178,793.00$1,202,555.00$1,164,706.00
Other assets $17,228.00 
Investments: publicly traded securities$1,189,000.00$1,107,168.00$1,171,079.00
Cash: non-interest bearing$55,006.00$35,647.00$38,935.00
Cash: non-interest bearing, beginning of year$35,647.00$38,935.00$20,804.00
Other financial variables
Revenue less expenses$9,779.00$51,890.00$106,153.00
Prepaid expenses & deferred charges$2,917.00$7,945.00 
Accounts payable & accrued expenses$14,280.00$7,319.00$9,096.00
Deferred revenue$5,760.00  
Total net assets or fund balances$1,232,403.00$1,178,793.00$1,202,555.00
Depreciation, depletion, amortization$588.00$1,384.00$770.00
Governance and accountability
Number of voting members777
Number of independent voting members777
Financial sheets auditedTrueTrue 
Tax year start date2016-01-012015-01-012014-01-01
Tax year end date2016-12-312015-12-312014-12-31
Accounting methodCashCashCash
Metadata about the filing
E-return type990990990
Date e-filing submitted2017-12-282017-03-312016-02-09
IRS schema version2016v3.02015v2.12014v5.0
Filing identifier201713149349302036201623209349310902201523219349300922
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