Please Join Us!
Douglas Land Conservancy would like to invite you to the
2018 Oak Leaf Award Benefit.
Friday, November 9, 2018
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
at The Millhouse at the Philip S. Miller Park
1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Tickets are $60.00 per person (Cash bar)
Please join us as we recognize Ninia Ritchie, rancher and conservationist, who has made a significant impact on the community through her outstanding land conservation efforts in Douglas County.
Cornelia “Ninia” Wadsworth Ritchie is the fourth-generation owner of the JA Ranch, the oldest ranch in the Texas Panhandle, and one still in the hands of its founding family. Named for her great-grandmother, Ninia carries on the tradition of Cornelia Adair, who is celebrated for the passionate care she took of the ranch. Cornelia and her husband, John Adair, partnered in business with the legendary cattleman, Charles Goodnight. In 1876, they formed the JA Ranch using John Adair’s initials as the brand.
Ninia’s approach to ranch management centers on integrity and sustainable success. An active part of the management team, she lives at the ranch headquarters at Paloduro, and is dedicated to maintaining the 130-year family history of preserving the land and improving the livestock. Ninia is a true steward of the land: in 1999, she placed the entire JA Ranch in Colorado under a conservation easement. Her son, Andrew Montgomery Bivins, is the fifth generation of this family to actively carry on these traditions.
2018 Natural Douglas County photo contest winners will also be recognized during the event,
which includes an evening of hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and music.
(Proceeds from ticket sales, and silent auction benefit Douglas Land Conservancy.)