We are a small mountain community who values the natural environment we call home. We want to live in a sustainable manner so that we may pass on what we have here to future generations.
The Lake County Conservation District (LCCD) is a local unit of state government whose purpose is to make available technical, financial, and educational resources to meet the needs of local land managers in conserving and restoring soil, water, and related natural res
Formed in 2007 after a devoted group of cyclists saw the need for an organized voice in the community. With the spirit of the original Cloud City Wheelmen group of the 1800s, we strive to serve the community of Leadville. We now play host to races and events, family group rides, ride-to-work days, volunteer days, trail building and maintenance, adult group rides all while trying to create and promote new and existing trails as an economic driver in Lake County.
The Lake County Open Space Initiative (LCOSI) was formed in the winter of 1997, in response to simultaneous real estate offerings of over 7000 acres of historic ranch lands along the Arkansas River corridor in Lake County, Colorado. The subject lands represented: important foreground and middle ground view sheds framing Colorado’s highest peaks, as viewed from the Top of the Rockies National Scenic and Historic Byway; critical wetland, riverine, and low-land riparian ecosystems; prime big game winter, calving, and transitional habitats; crucial landscape linkages between the Sawatch and Mosquito Mountain Range’s; traditional wildlife migration routes, spawning grounds and waterfowl flyways; unique recreational opportunities along the headwaters of one of the Nation’s most significant waterways; and tangible links to the rich mining and ranching heritage of the State and Region.
The Greater Arkansas River Nature Association (GARNA) is an environmental nonprofit organization founded in 1996 as a cooperative association for the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area for education and stewardship. GARNA works with communities of the upper Arkansas River valley to foster the stewardship of the region’s natural environment and the resilience of our communities.
GARNA’s coverage area is in the heart of the Rocky Mountains of south-central Colorado, spanning the 143-mile section of the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area State Park, jointly managed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the Bureau of Land Management. This spectacular region includes the upper Arkansas River watershed and some of the highest peaks and most scenic lands in the United States. GARNA’s work helps safeguard these public lands through the preservation of values and the development of public participation opportunities that help community members understand, appreciate and give back to their natural environment.
GANRA subscribes to a generational approach — that investments in learning and opportunitiesfor public participation build on themselves and help ensure the long-term health of our public lands and waters.