2021 Impact Report + New Staff and Board Members





We are grateful to share conservation impacts in our Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2020 (July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021).

This anticipated report has taken some time to prepare, as we've experienced changes within the organization and our work at large amidst the pandemic. Fortunately, we have remained strong, resilient and well equipped to serve our community.

We're eager to share these impacts and the news that our team and our capacity for more conservation and restoration is growing!


Impact report: an overview and closer look at our last fiscal year


Conservation and restoration requires long-term perspectives and sustained action. Our work is characterized by complexity, scale and collaboration.

While it can be difficult to measure these achievements in an annual report, we are eager to share all the behind-the-scenes work that happened in our previous fiscal year.


View the full report on our website. Or, download the complete report here:

2021 IMPACT Report (Final)
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Please welcome: new staff and board members


SARAH HAMILTON

As our agricultural projects manager, Sarah works to implement collaborative programs to help producers and landowners meet the challenges facing agriculture today.

She lives in Leadville and works in with the Lake County Conservation District around issues of water, land and soil health. She grew up living and working on a farm in the lower Arkansas Valley and studied biology at Colorado College.

These experiences instilled in her a passion for connecting people with how and where their food is grown and for viewing conservation through the lens of agriculture.


 
GINA PETERS

Gina joined the board early this year. Coming from the north entrance of Yosemite, she's no stranger to small-town mountain life, but she is new to Salida!

She has jumped into our community as a broker associate at Pinon Real Estate Group and director of sponsorships for the Salida Fiber Festival. Having always been a strong advocate of land conservancies, she is honored to be part of the Conservancy's board.

She has an educational background and 5+ years experience in ornithology conservation, as well as over a decade of experience as chief operations officer in the eco fashion and outdoor industries. She is well organized and versed in brand development, fundraising, event planning, operations management and executing important transactions—all of which she brings to the Conservancy's board decisions.


 
JOHN MCGOWAN

As our newest board member, John, brings years of experience serving on nonprofit boards. He’s the founder of Mandala Financial Advisors, where he specializes in helping people achieve their goals in the most environmentally and socially responsible ways possible. He grew up in rural Illinois on 4H and county fairs and built his career in Chicago.


His home is located a few miles west of the Centerville Ranch conservation easement. Now, when he heads to his Salida office each morning, he says the majestic landscape and wildlife never cease to remind him why supporting the Conservancy's work to preserve this special place is so important.