Adams County, northeast of burgeoning Denver, has been struggling to maintain farms and open space in the path of growth. In 1999, TPL helped county residents mount and pass a voter initiative that created a dedicated sales tax for the protection of open space.
Wilson Peak, near Telluride in southwest Colorado, is a member of an exclusive and celebrated club, the Colorado 14-ers—the 54 mountains in that state that top 14,000 feet. It is also one of several Fourteeners where access has been frustrated by private ownership of key hiking access.
Ringed by 13,000-foot peaks, the Ophir Valley is one of the San Juan mountains' hidden gems. The Trust for Public Land protected more than 1,200 acres here, virtually all of the private land remaining in this still-pristine valley.