The Cherry Hills Land Preserve was founded in 2005 by a group of Village locals who recognized the extraordinary gifts of our community’s natural open lands – and were eager to protect them. At the time, local governments were not focused on the preservation or acquisition of shared open spaces, and so the need for citizen action arose.
Beginning with the establishment of the Blue Ribbon Panel, members of the community advocated to form an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving The Village’s rural character, protecting our open space, and promoting the spirit of land conservation stewardship. Working with several private landowners, the organization was able to secure large tracts of beautiful open spaces that otherwise may have been subject to development.
Today, we’ve grown to become a multi-faceted organization – led by an executive team of passionate community members and kept thriving by dozens of dedicated volunteers. All embodying the same goals: Building community. Protecting open lands close to home.
In our first 10 years alone, the Cherry Hills Land Preserve has:
- Helped facilitate the 17.5 acre Quincy Farm conservation easement 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 as the advocate voice for open space.
- Promoted awareness and education in our community through the annual Barn Party, Art Auction, Trail Walk, and other events and activities.
- Published the book, “High on Country,” an illustrated history of the development of the City of Cherry Hills Village.