Douglas Land Conservancy is proud to announce the permanent protection of 2,558 acres in Douglas County

Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC) increased its portfolio of conserved lands by more than 2,500 acres this week (Feb. 17) as the conservation easements for the Sandstone Ranch and the Schmidt property in Douglas County’s West Plum Creek valley were finalized. DLC, a non-profit land trust based in Castle Rock, worked in partnership with Douglas County on the conservation easements which …

The Worst of Times, the Best of Times

By Alan Clarke During times like these, when momentous events dominate the news on a daily basis and danger lurks everywhere, even at the corner market or in the coffee shop, the world may seem to constantly be on the brink of total chaos with no light visible at the end of the tunnel.  We can too easily get sucked …

Volunteer Spotlight

By:  Mary Ellen Fitzsimonds When we relocated from the Chicagoland area, my husband and I were in search of an area with open spaces and beautiful vistas. Settling in Douglas County, we have been blessed with both. We began looking for ways to connect with our new community and learned about Douglas Land Conservancy through the guided hike program. We …

Fall Activities for All Ages

Douglas Land Conservancy would like your time outdoors to be memorable and educational. If you plan to spend time on the trail this weekend or over Fall Break with the whole family take along one of the activities we’ve created or check out the list of (free) apps that we find helpful. Click on these links below to view and …

1,500 Acres in Douglas County Permanently Protected by DLC

Historic 1,500-acre Ditmars Ranch protected in Douglas County One of Douglas County’s most historic ranches is now protected with a conservation easement made possible by County taxpayers, County Commissioners, The Conservation Fund, Douglas Land Conservancy (DLC), and the owner of Ditmars Ranch. The purchase of Ditmars Ranch conservation easement was jointly funded by The Conservation Fund ($1 million) and Douglas …

The Power of Open Space

When everything has changed and life seems so uncertain, one thing remains forever…the power of protected open space to fill our hearts with hope and our minds with inspiration for generations to come.

Cheers to Our Volunteers!

Being a DLC Volunteer Have you ever been standing in a forest surrounded by tall evergreens that touch the sky? You smell the sweet dampness of the pine needles and the greenery underfoot. You hear the melodic chirp of a robin that sounds a bit like, “cheer up.” You see patches of yellow and white and purple wildflowers dispersed randomly …

Long Expedition Presentation by John Stansfield

DLC Presentation: Celebrating the Bicentennial of the Long Expedition Exploring the Front Range 1820 By John Stansfield Did you know? Many of the areas where the Long Expedition traveled in Douglas County are lands that DLC permanently protects. Sketches and journal entries show that the group was at what is now Dawson Butte, Sandstone Ranch and in Perry Park.

Meet Doug Landry!

Meet DLC’s Doug Landry! He’s a handsome, waterfowl who enjoys the great outdoors. Doug heads outside often to hike our local open spaces and enjoy all the benefits that these DLC protected lands offer; fresh air, beautiful views and of course, clean water. Follow along as Doug trains over the next 11 weeks in preparation for his half mile race …

Pandemic Antidote

by Leslie Clemensen In Thailand, the words for truth and nature are synonyms. As we bounce from one media alert to the next during this COVID 19 pandemic, we are all seeking truth…true information and deep truths about what this means for us as individuals, families, communities and nations – where can we find secure footing and what expectations of …