JANE SILVERSTEIN RIES AWARD
Since 1983, the JSR Foundation Award is an annual tradition that recognizes a person, group or organization that demonstrates a pioneering sense of awareness and stewardship of land-use values in the Rocky Mountain region.
Harriet Crittenden LaMair serves as the founding Executive Director of the High Line Canal Conservancy, a newly formed nonprofit, with the sole mission to preserve, protect and enhance the 71-mile High Line Canal, in partnership with the public. Harriet has shown incredible leadership from the beginning, forming the board, championing the cause and raising significant funds to prepare the recently adopted community Vision Plan. Creating the Vision Plan included significant community outreach – engaging over 3,500 community members, coordinating the involvement of 11 jurisdictions, fostering a trusting relationship with Denver Water and established the groundwork for a comprehensive framework plan to be developed this fall.
The High Line Canal is one of our region’s crown jewels, stretching 71 miles from the foothills to the plains. Under Harriet’s leadership, the Conservancy will ensure the Canal reaches its greatest potential as an environmental, recreational, social, historic and economic asset along all of its 71 miles. Harriet brings government and public policy experience as well as an unsurpassed passion for building connections between communities and the natural world. Her ability to gain consensus among multiple agencies and describe the future potential for this regional asset is directly related to the success of the High Line Canal Conservancy.
Past winners include:
2015 | COLORADO 14ERS INITIATIVE
Colorado Fourteeners Initiative protects and preserves the natural integrity of Colorado’s 54 14,000–foot peaks—the “Fourteeners”—through active stewardship and public education.
2013 | PALMER LAND TRUST
Palmer Land Trust's mission is to protect Southern Colorado's lands for present and future generations. Since their grassroots beginning in 1977, they have protected 105,000 acres of working farms and ranches, signature landscapes and scenic corridors, and public recreation open spaces in a 10-county region.
2012 | eagle valley land trust
The mission of Eagle Valley Land Trustis to preserve forever our scenic vistas, open space, historic lands, waterways, and wildlife habitats that represent the uniqueness of Eagle County and the central Rocky Mountains for the enjoyment, education, and benefit of all who experience this special place.