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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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Wild

The shady buck wanders in the wild and in the dark when the skies are pink and purple. He wanders in the shadows of the black fields. The shady buck runs in the wild when the sky fades. He is beautiful. He is strong. He is wild.

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Forever

As I watched flames shoot through the roof of the cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, and beheld its majestic spire topple and plunge to the ground, tears threatened.  I reflected upon what I was witnessing.  Notre Dame has graced Île de la Cité in Paris for 869 years, seemingly forever.  When construction began, centuries before European “discovery” of the

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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.

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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

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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

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