Preserving open lands in Cherry Hills Village through leadership, stewardship, advocacy, and education.
The Cherry Hills Land Preserve was started in 2005 by a group of concerned citizens interested in preserving open space within the City of Cherry Hills Village. At the time, local governments were not focused on the preservation of existing space and the acquisition of new open space for community benefit. Beginning with the advent of the Blue Ribbon Panel, members of the Cherry Hills Land Preserve advocated for the development of an independent non-profit organization dedicated to promoting citizen interest in the preservation of the Village’s rural character and the protection of open space. They worked with private landowners to preserve large tracts of land that might be subject to development. In its first 10 years, the Cherry Hills Land Preserve:
- Helped facilitate the 17.5 acre Quincy Farm conservation easement in 2008, and subsequent land donation to the City
- Advocated for the City of Cherry Hills Village to dedicate the Cat Anderson Fund to invest in open space
- Helped private owners identify and explore land protection options
- Participated in the Cherry Hills Village Master Plan process advocating for open space
- Promoted community awareness and education through the annual Barn party and Tour, and a children’s Art event
- Published the book, “High on Country,” which is an illustrated history of the development of the City of Cherry Hills Village
Rising to the Challenge:
Due to the challenges of rising urban land costs, and the financial limitations imposed by public acquisition of real property, the Cherry Hills Land Preserve adopted a strategy to broaden its focus in education and advocacy, while still assisting private landowners interested in preserving property through tax-advantaged conservation easements. This direction was encapsulated in the new tagline: Creating Community, Protecting Open Lands Close to Home. As a result of this strategic planning process, the organization decided to focus on three primary objectives to serve the community:
- We support Land Protection and Conservation
- We invest in Conservation Education
- We engage in Conservation Partnerships
Please join us by volunteering or donating to the Cherry Hills Land Preserve.