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WHO
WE ARE

Executive Director

Adam Beh

adam@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

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Adam provides leadership and supervision over strategic, programmatic and financial operations that support the Conservancy’s conservation programs. Adam holds a PhD in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources from Colorado State University (2011), and has over 23 years of collaborative conservation experience in the Rocky Mountain West and abroad (South Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Niger, Ghana). Adam is an avid mountain biker, backcountry snowboarder and alpine enthusiast.

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

anywhere in the alpine up on the Sawatch range

Conservation Director

Lucy Waldo

lucy@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

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Lucy helps landowners protect their land and water with conservation easements. She has lived in the mountains of Central Colorado since 1989. Before joining the Conservancy, she served as executive director for Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy, where she helped ranching families complete 25 conservation easements. Lucy earned a master’s degree in natural resource policy from the University of Maryland and a bachelor's degree from Colorado State University. 

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

her very own irrigated meadow near Tomichi Creek

Agriculture Projects Manager

Natalie Allio

natalie@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

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The focus of Natalie’s work is “keeping working lands working” through innovative and collaborative programs with Central Colorado Conservancy and the Upper Arkansas Conservation District. Drawing on her own experience in agriculture and her education in Ecopsychology and Collaborative Solutions in Natural Resources, Natalie leads innovative and collaborative programs that support water quality, water quantity and soil health in the Upper Arkansas Watershed.

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

pretty much any place that can be accessed from the back of a horse

Conservation Projects Manager

Kyle Clifton

kyle@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

Kyle works with landowners and Conservancy partners to protect land, waters and ways of life in the region. She previously worked in private lands conservation research for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Virginia Tech. She has a background in both the biological and social sciences of conservation, with degrees from the University of Kansas, Victoria University of Wellington and Texas A&M. 

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

as a new Salida resident, Kyle is exploring Central Colorado to find her favorite spot

Conservation Projects Manager

Jes Walton

jes@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

Jes’s work is all about connecting with those who make our conservation work possible. She grew up in Salida and returned to be closer to family and get more involved with issues in her hometown. In the past, Jes has led several food and agriculture-focused programs and brings an educational background in natural resource management and environmental science with degrees from Colorado College, American University and the UN University for Peace.

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

top of the Monarch Crest trail and a very secret camping spot on Marshall Pass, both along the Continental Divide Trail

Watershed Restoration Specialist

Buffy Lenth

buffy@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

Buffy coordinates our collaborative watershed restoration projects. She holds a BS in Conservation Biology from Middlebury College and a Master’s degree in Ecology from Colorado State University. She and her husband served in the Peace Corps in Mexico, conserving the natural resources of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. They are raising three daughters who love to camp, ski and paddle board--and hope to grow deep roots in the Arkansas River Valley.   

Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

the combination of many wonderful places like O'Haver Lake, Fooses Creek, Mt. Princeton Hot Springs, any aspen grove...

Membership Coordinator

Julie Richardson

julie@centralcoloradoconservancy.org

As membership coordinator, Julie is the first person to get to know you at the Conservancy. Her work with the Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas began in the spring of 2013. She is from Kansas City where she grew up, raised her children, was a board member and volunteered with Wildwood Outdoor Education Center, and was an elementary teacher for over 25 years. In 2003, she assumed the role of director at the girl’s camp, High Trails Ranch, Sanborn Western Camps in Florissant, CO for the next 10 years. 

 


Favorite Place(s) in Central Colorado:

looking out her front window, sunrises, sunsets, stars and exploring around Salida

STAFF

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Board President

Robert Tallmadge

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

Brown’s Canyon and west faces of the Sawatch Range and Cochetopa Hills

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Vice President

Hallie Mahowald

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

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Treasurer

Marcus Selig

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

the remote upper stretches of Browns Canyon National Monument

Secretary

Michael Fisher

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

high up in the Sawatch Range, the craggy less-visited peaks of White, Tabeguache, Jones and Antero and the valleys and streams between them

Board Member

Aaron Kindle

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

anywhere in the unroaded backcountry that has fish and elk

Board Member

Cammeron Larson

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

the mountains of the Southern Sawatch Range and the Arkansas River as it runs through Southern Chaffee and Northern Fremont Counties

Board Member

Hayden Mellsop

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

any place where there are high mountain beaver ponds and no one else in sight

Board Member

Rob White

Favorite Place(s)

in Central Colorado:

anywhere along the Continental Divide Trail

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