About Us

The Cherry Hills Land Preserve is a local nonprofit organization that focuses on preserving natural landscapes, connecting people to nature, and helping nature thrive in our community.

CHLP was founded in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit by a group of Village locals who recognized the extraordinary gifts of our community’s natural open lands and who shared a desire to protect and preserve them for current and future generations. These founders recognized the importance of preserving the scenic vistas and wildlife habitat that enrich our daily lives, as well as our part in the larger network of connected open space providing critical wildlife habitat and access to natural green spaces in Metro Denver.

Today, CHLP believes we all thrive when conservation and community meet. We work to preserve the scenic landscapes we love in our community, spark lifetime conservation values and volunteerism, and help children – regardless of where they live – explore a thriving natural environment. More than ever, we value our natural open spaces and appreciate our opportunities to “take a nature break” and get outside. We all play a part in making sure our corner of Colorado remains such a great place to live, and we CHLP works to inspire conservation awareness and action in our backyard and beyond.

Our Team

Executive Director

Kathy Fessler

Kathy Fessler

“Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are ‘patches of Godlight’ in the woods of our experience.”

-C.S. Lewis

Board of Directors


Linda Behr

"...We regard [land] as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect."

–Aldo Leopold


Janney Carpenter

"Time in nature and the outdoors provides me with a reset of mind and spirit, and I return feeling rejuvenated, healthier, and profoundly grateful for where we live. Whether a mountain hike, dog walk, or brief visit to the garden, I return feeling more grounded and happier."

Kevin Schwall

Kevin Schwall

"Unless we are willing to encourage our children to reconnect with and appreciate the natural world, we can’t expect them to help protect and care for it."

-David Suzuki

Megan Walsh

Megan Walsh

“We sit together, the mountain and me, until only the mountain remains.”

-Li Po

Judith Judd

Judith Judd

"We don't inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children."

-Native American Proverb


Phillip Seawalt

“We are one with nature, the more one looks, the more obvious this becomes.”

Earl Hoellen

Earl Hoellen

"Nature is not a place to visit, it is home."

-Gary Snyder


Richard Swomley

“Looking at the beauty of the world is the first step to purifying the mind.”

-Amit Ray

Nancy Wolfe

Nancy Wolfe

"In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks."

-John Muir

Advisory Board

These individuals share a strong commitment to CHLP’s mission and have offered to share their experience.They include former board members and experts who can supplement the knowledge and experience of the current Board.

Karen Barsch

Tracy James

Dave Schmidt

Debbie Welles

Mike Gallagher

Harriet LaMair

Sally Scott

David Windfeldt

Lucinda Greene

Rose Lynch

Klasina VanderWerf

Fred Wolfe

Earl Hoellen

Ralph Pickett

Jeff Welborn

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