Since 1994, Continental Divide Land Trust has been dedicated to preserving open space in central Colorado
Continental Divide Land Trust is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens…
About Continental Divide Land Trust
Since 1994, Continental Divide Land Trust has been dedicated to preserving open space in central Colorado through land preservation agreements, stewardship and public education. We protect the natural lands, forests, meadows, rivers, wetlands, wildlife habitat, ranch lands, and rural landscapes that epitomize the beauty of Colorado and contribute to a healthy and sustainable future for our community.
Our primary land preservation tool is a land preservation agreement, also known as a Conservation Easement, in which the Land Trust takes on the stewardship responsibility to conserve, monitor, enforce, and defend that land forever. As caretakers of the land, we are responsible for keeping open spaces natural for the enjoyment of current and future generations. We work within our community to educate and inform the public about the value and benefits of conservation easements and to gain their involvement and support through membership donations, volunteer opportunities, and participation at CDLT events. Continental Divide Land Trust has negotiated and accepted land preservation agreements that allow us to permanently protect over 2,600 acres in fifteen conservation easements.
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Mission and History
Continental Divide Land Trust: Mission and History
Continental Divide Land Trust is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was established in 1994 by a group of concerned citizens who felt that rapid growth was diminishing the quality of life in Summit County, Colorado.
In September 1997, the Land Trust received its first donation – the McCullough Gulch Open Space Conservation Easement.
The mission statement of CDLT is:
“Continental Divide Land Trust permanently preserves and protects the irreplaceable natural areas in and around Summit County for current and future generations, through land preservation agreements, acquisitions, and public education.”
Through land preservation agreements, conservation easements, stewardship and public education, we protect natural lands, water, wildlife habitat and rural mountain landscapes. In so doing, CDLT contributes to a healthy future for Summit County and the surrounding area by guarding the natural assets that support the economic base and quality of life that sustains our community.
Learn More about Continental Divide Land Trust
- Current CDLT Conservation Easements
- Our land and water conservation work
- Annual Report or IRS Form 990.
Continental Divide Land Trust: Our People
Continental Divide Land Trust is guided by a volunteer board of directors and one professional staff member.
CDLT Board of Directors – 2019
Kim Dufty, President
Kim was raised in the free republic of Boulder, she says please don’t hold it against her! Kim graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in Natural Resource Management- emphasis in Forestry. After two years in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea, she continued her federal service with both the US Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management in Colorado, Wyoming, California and Nevada. Kim has a deep rooted passion for land and hopes to live up to the standard of her Mom, former CDLT board member, JoAnn Dufty. JoAnn was also very instrumental within the organization for many years.
Lynn Amstutz, Secretary
After escaping the Midwest, Lynn happily moved to Summit County in 1972 with her husband. She says “I suppose in the way of a resume’, it would look something like this: university instructor (University of Wyoming and an earlier stint at junior college in Illinois), advertising (very briefly), librarian (at the Iliff Theological Seminary in Denver and Summit County Library in Frisco, professional ski patroller at Loveland, freelance magazine writer (travel, canoe, wildlife, skiing, Sunday supplements, and airline magazines), software instructor, paralegal, census worker, and who knows what’s next. I’m assuming that on my deathbed, I’ll still be weighing career decisions. Presently, I’m a librarian two days a week back at the county library where I worked in the 70’s. The rest of the time, I’m retired and am fortunate enough to have time to volunteer with CDLT.”
Ryne Scholl, Treasurer
After receiving his Master’s Degree with an emphasis in finance from the University of Redlands, Ryne briefly moved back to his hometown of San Diego before deciding to relocate to Breckenridge to explore his love for the outdoors. Over the years, his love for the outdoors has grown into an interest to participate in the preservation of the landscape encompassing Colorado, and more specifically Summit County. Ryne has worked for Summit County Government since 2013, beginning in the Finance office and now working in the Treasurer’s office as Deputy Treasurer. He enjoys golfing, mountain biking, hiking, splitboarding, snowboarding, and exploring outdoors with his family and two dogs.
Cécile is Emeritus Principal Engineer of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where she was a member of the NREL technical staff for over 30 years. Recently retired from full-time at NREL, Cecile continues her involvement as a consulting engineer, including a Solar Decathlon event in China in August 2013. She is the recipient of many awards including the American Solar Energy Society’s Women in Solar Energy and the Solar Energy Research Institute Outstanding Achievement Award. She is a Fellow of the American Solar Energy Society (ASES) and served on their Board of Directors from 2000-2005. Cécile and husband David have been half-time residents of Summit County since 2000, spending the rest of the time in Boulder. Cécile and David are avid hikers, skiers, and bicyclists, and share a passion and respect for the natural beauty of Colorado.
Clint grew up in Boulder and attended the University of Colorado. When he’s not in Boulder with his two sons, Henry and Calvin, and a day job in the high tech industry, he’s in Frisco maintaining the Giberson Ranch (our oldest privately held conservation easement). He enjoys kayaking, skiing, hiking, and showshoeing with his lovely wife Lisa, the boys, and their three dogs. He comes from a long line of pioneers, with Summit County roots dating back to the 1890’s and has inherited their passion for the outdoors and the preservation of it.
Katherine grew up in Maryland and has lived in Breckenridge since 2004. She has a Master’s Degree in Parks and Protected Area Management from Colorado State University, and has worked as a senior resource specialist focusing on land acquisition with the Summit County Open Space and Trails Department since 2008. Her passion for conservation began with backpacking in the Adirondacks as a teenager and serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador. She enjoys mountain biking, skiing, trail running, and traveling.
Sha is the Senior Manager for Guest Services and Sustainability at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area. This year the National Ski Areas Association and Ski Magazine recognized Sha with the “Golden Eagle Award as a Hero of Sustainability.”
Originally from New Hampshire, Tyler developed his love for the outside world through camping, biking, hiking, swimming, and more as a kid in the mountains and rivers of New England. After graduating from the University of Vermont with a degree in Environmental Studies in 2017, he moved west to Summit County for a job with the Keystone Policy Center. He now works for the SE Group, where he is an Environmental Analysist/Planner. He likes to spend his free time exploring, hiking, running, and sending sketchy things off trampolines and skis.
Emeritus Board Members
Scott Hummer, Immediate Past President
Scott is a Colorado native, born and raised near Fort Collins, and graduated from the University of Northern Colorado before heading to the High Country. Scott was the first full-time Water Commissioner in the Blue River Basin where he worked for over 20 years. As Water Commissioner, Scott oversaw the use and distribution of water within Water District 36 and enjoyed developing relationships with a wide diversity of water users as well as providing education about the importance of holding and maintaining water rights. From 1997 to 2011, Scott served on the Summit County Open Space Advisory Commission. As the current Projects Manager for the Colorado Water Trust, Scott continues a career in water stewardship by furthering the protection and restoration of river and stream flows across Colorado. He also currently serves on the Board of the Blue River Watershed Group. Scott spends his free time hiking, road tripping and traveling across the American West and beyond.
Howard is a retired partner of Ernst & Young LLP where he served for 35 years. He is also a member of the boards of 2 New York Stock Exchange companies and of Pinnacol Assurance, the State of Colorado’s workers compensation facility, as well as several other non-profit boards around the country. Howard and his wife, Sue, have been Silverthorne residents since 1998 and are interested in preserving our beautiful countryside and way of life in Summit County.
Marc Crawford was a board member from 2014-2017 and served as board Treasurer. He served as a board member and as Treasurer for 6 years at a land conservancy in California before moving to Colorado. He retired from the computer industry after marketing careers at IBM and Oracle Corporation. His education is a master’s degree in finance and accounting from Purdue University. Marc’s calling to land conservation comes from his observation that there is a natural human tendency to fill up all empty places. Therefore open space needs an advocate to balance the commercial and governmental incentives to develop open space.
Brian has served as the Director of the Summit County Open Space & Trail Department since 2008 and was previously a Resource Specialist and Environmental Planner with the County. He has a Master’s Degree in Watershed Sciences with expertise in water resources and mine reclamation. He has lived in Summit County since 1981 and enjoys skiing, kayaking, hiking, cycling, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Mary Jane “MJ” Wurster
As a member of CDLT’s Board since 2002, MJ has served for a number of years in the area of Member/Donor Development for the organization. For the past three years she has chaired the Conservation Projects Committee. MJ also serves on the Board of the Breckenridge Music Festival as Education Outreach Chair. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a focus on non-profit management which has been helpful in her work as a volunteer and executive director for non-profit organizations over the years. MJ and her husband, Hans, have lived in Summit County for 14 years. They love all that the County has to offer in terms of winter and summer sports especially rowing on beautiful Dillon Reservoir.
Julie Shapiro has more than 12 years of experience in the environmental and natural resource field as a facilitator, mediator, and educator. As a Senior Policy Director at Keystone Policy Center, Julie works with diverse public, private and NGO stakeholder groups on topics including landscape conservation, wildlife and habitat management, sustainable agriculture, sustainable beef production, honey bee health, renewable energy standards, oil and gas development, forest health, carbon capture and storage, mine reclamation, water quality, and biodiversity. Julie has designed and facilitated stakeholder dialogues, public engagement processes, and strategic planning processes on national, regional, state and local scales. Julie has conducted water policy research at The Nature Conservancy and University of Colorado Boulders’ Natural Resource Law Center (2007) and was a natural science educator for Walking Mountains in Avon, Colorado (2003-2006). Julie holds a Master’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder (2007) and Bachelor’s degrees in geosciences and English from Williams College (2003).
Pat enjoys being outside in nature: hiking, cross-country skiing and other outdoor activities. A local wildflower expert, Pat has taught very popular wildflower identification courses at Colorado Mountain College for many years. In addition to CDLT, Pat is involved with the Red Cross, Summit County Library Board, Friends of the Lower Blue, SPORT (Silverthorne Parks, Open Space, Recreation and Trails) and assists her husband John with identification and eradication of noxious weeds.
Contact Information Continental Divide Land Trust Mailing: PO Box 4488, Frisco, CO 80443 Office: 106 N. French Street, Suite 210-3, Breckenridge CO Phone: 970-453-3875 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.cdlt.org
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Katherine Raffio – Program Coordinator
A native of North Carolina, Katherine moved to Colorado soon after finishing her undergrad in Psychology at High Point University. After discovering her love for the outdoors in the Centennial State, she began her graduate studies in Energy & Sustainability at Denver University. Katherine enjoys rafting, cooking, and camping with her dog, Tuukka.