2019 Oak Leaf Award

Congratulations to Douglas Land Conservancy’s 2019 Oak Leaf Award recipients, Richard and Susan Farmer, owners of the historic Abbe Ranch and conservationists, who have made a significant impact on the community through their land conservation efforts in Douglas County.

Lost Flower is Found Again: Campanula aparinoides

By Elizabeth Taylor On the morning of August 3, 2018, three amateur plant enthusiasts—Barb Harbach, Cathy Fischer, and I—were inventorying plant species along the bank of Gove Ditch in Sandstone Ranch, Douglas County’s newest open space. We were participating in the Sandstone Ranch Natural Resource Inventory project. The day was beautiful, and our survey efforts were going well. Among the …

A Walk on the Wild Side

by Foster Harding It was relatively warm for a late Fall morning with brisk southwest winds, bright Colorado sunshine, and blue skies. The forecast said the wind would shift to northwest in the afternoon bringing much colder temperatures as a prelude to a powerful short-lived blizzard by evening. So, a mid-morning walk seemed like a good idea for a couple …

Sandstone Ranch Master Plan Survey

Help Douglas County plan for future uses of the Sandstone Ranch, in Larkspur. The purpose of the Sandstone Ranch Master Plan is to provide a strong vision for this property, including public access, while preserving and protecting the property’s cultural and historic assets, historic ranch operations, wildlife habitat and corridors, vegetation and other natural resources. Your feedback will help in …

Douglas Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition

Douglas Land Conservancy Earns National Recognition Strong Commitment to Public Trust and Conservation Excellence Castle Rock, Colorado (Aug. 2, 2018) – One thing that unites us as a nation is land: Americans strongly support saving the open spaces they love. Since 1987, Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC), has been doing just that for the people of Douglas County and surrounding areas. …

The Wilds

The Wilds By:  Chris Vasconcellos The wilds are places full of secrets, Where the sun as it crosses the sky, Watches over the lovely creation, Tenderly, with a loving eye. It circles the earth and notices, Each little plant growing so strong, The animals living their lives, Each one singing its own song. The rain as it sends its showers, Makes …

Conversations with Animals

By Foster Laverne Harding: While I am not related to Dr. Doolittle, I have conversed with animals, each using our own language. In early April, six weeks after the events described in my last DLC blog, I was again walking in Waterton Canyon. I began that day’s walk by setting a similar intention to be open to communion with the …

Help Douglas Land Conservancy Win $1,000 this Summer

Help DLC win $1,000 this summer from Nytech Heating and Cooling! DLC is one of three great nonprofits selected to receive a donation from Nytech this summer. Make sure and vote every day to give us a better chance of winning. Thanks! Nytech Heating & Cooling is giving away $1000!!! “Nytech Gives Back” is a way for you to help …

Help Douglas Land Conservancy this Spring by Shopping at Tagawa Gardens

Are you planning to do some flower shopping in the coming weeks? Help Douglas Land Conservancy this spring by shopping at  for your flowers and summer gardening supplies! Just mention Douglas Land Conservancy or present the attached card when checking out at Tagawa Gardens, and DLC could receive up to 20% of the money spent.

Being Present with Nature

Being Present with Nature By Foster Laverne Harding: On a sunny day in late winter, I went for a walk in Waterton canyon. It is a magnificent setting that the South Platte River carved to move from its mountain origins out onto the plains of America’s vast interior. The river forms the western and northern boundaries of Douglas County until …