Conservation Legacy – Quincy Farm
Legacy. This powerful word challenges us to think about what we want to leave behind, and how we might leave the world better than we found it. It means creating something sustainable and long-lasting that benefits others.
Catherine Anderson strengthened her legacy in Cherry Hills Village when she put a conservation easement on her 17.5-acre farm in the heart of the Village. Cat wanted to protect the beauty and rural character of this historic Colorado farm that her family had owned since 1961. She also wanted to share her values of nature conservation, and stewardship and teaching children to learn and explore through Pony Club.
The original farmhouse on the property was built in 1898 by the Hopkins family and is now on the national register of historic places, as well as being the oldest and most intact farmhouse remaining in Cherry Hills Village. The center-aisle barn was built in 1934 when the property was owned by Myron Blackmer. After protecting the land in perpetuity, Cat then generously donated the property to the City of Cherry Hills Village upon her death in 2015.
CHLP and Quincy Farm
CHLP has an enduring commitment to Quincy Farm, from Cat’s early 2008 easement conversations to today. We enthusiastically welcome this generous gift and believe the conservation easement ensures that this beautiful property will yield benefits to our community well into the future.
CHLP partners with this magical property by creating:
• Education programs that spark curiosity, adventure, and inspiration;
• Volunteer opportunities to support the Farm’s conservation assets;
• Research and grants to help nature thrive through our Annual Impact Project.
CHLP and Land Stewardship
While CHLP is not a land trust and doesn’t own properties or hold easements, we are a non-profit catalyst for good land stewardship in our community. Stewardship includes:
• Helping conservation-minded property owners like Cat Anderson develop
innovative solutions for conservation planning;
• Advocating for the Cat Anderson Fund for Open Space, a permanent fund at the city to purchase additional open space;
• Identifying wetlands within the Village and recommending protections for inclusion in the 2008 City Master Plan;
• Mapping the connectivity among open space, wetlands, and wildlife habitat in the village, and recommending opportunities to enhance and expand those assets;
• Launching an environmental impact project each year, such as the 2021 BeeProject to support local and hive pollinators that help our natural spaces thrive.
• Being a voice for preserving natural landscapes and making responsible choices that help sustain thriving natural environments.
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