We are extremely pleased to announce that Travis Custer will assume the role of Executive Director of Montezuma Land Conservancy (MLC) beginning October 2, 2017.
Travis brings his strong agricultural experience, local and state relationships, and his passion for land conservation and education to MLC. Travis has worked for the High Desert Conservation District (HDCD) the last few years, lending support to local agricultural producers, and is a current board supervisor for the Mancos Conservation District. Travis’ main focus while at HDCD was developing programming focused on soil health and water efficiency.
For the past two years Travis has been working with MLC and others to develop an educational progam focused on engaging youth and adults on the topics of agriculture, and natural resource conservation. As this vision comes to life MLC is further developing its outreach and education programming which engaged over 400 students in hands on experiences in 2017; many at MLC’s own Fozzie’s Farm.
As Executive Director, Travis will continue MLC’s main focus of conserving lands, which to date has conserved over 44,000 acres for 73 different land owners in Montezuma, Dolores and San Miguel counties. The Conservancy closed on two important easements in 2017 and has 10 potential easements in the pipeline for the next few years. Fundraising is already underway for some of these future easements.
Over the years Travis has made it clear through is work that he is dedicated to this community, agriculture, and land conservation.
“I often look out upon this landscape and stand in awe of the beauty we are surrounded by. I am reminded that Colorado is losing agricultural land and open spaces at a steady rate. We have a responsibility to protect these lands for all their inherent values. We all have our hands on the pen that is writing the story of this place. It is up to us to decide what legacy we will leave our children and future generations.
I look forward to giving my time and energy to this place I love so dearly. I am honored beyond appropriate expression to serve my community and our shared landbase in this capacity.”
We look forward to introducing Travis to our community this fall. Please feel free to come by and say hello.