Kendall and son-in-law Josh Egedy (Laura’s husband) had the opportunity to take a fly over tour of the land that the Chris Mikesell Foundation has helped to conserve through grants to the Crested Butte Land Trust. More on LightHawk from the Land Trust:
“LightHawk is a non-profit organization helping land saving organizations “accelerate conservation success” by planning and completing fly overs. This is made possible thanks to volunteer pilots’ donated time and use of their small engine planes. During the Summer/Fall 2016 with special thanks to pilot Jim Grady from Grand Junction, CO, the Crested Butte Land Trust was given the opportunity to fly with key community members and generous supporters from Gunnison over Crested Butte to Aspen, over Marble, the Slate River Valley and Ohio Creek pass, back to Gunnison. This was an amazing opportunity to show our supporters the Land Trust’s work of conservation easements and fee title properties in the larger context of the Gunnison, Slate, and East river valleys, the Snowmass/Maroon Bells Wilderness areas, and beyond.
From above it is extraordinary how much green open lands and meandering waters surround the quaint town of Crested Butte and the Highway 135 corridor from Gunnison to Crested Butte. Flight passengers were awestruck by the work of the Land Trust and our partners. However, they also took away the knowledge that there is so much more we need to do, together, to ensure, for current and future generations, the continued natural beauty and quality of life of our treasured home nestled in the Rocky Mountain West Elk Range.
Flying with Kendell and his son-in-law Josh — recreationists, grandfather, new young father, Crested Butte Community School teacher, and avid Land Trust supporters in memory of Chris’ love of this area — was a truly special experience that reinforced the impact of their generous Land Trust support and their passion for keeping Chris’ spirit alive. Humbling, to say the least.”
Over the life of the Foundation, $47,000 has been donated to the Crested Butte Land Trust to help them continue their mission of land preservation.