GRANBY — Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, formerly Middle Park Land Trust, recently received a bequest of a beautiful Grand Lake area property from Carolyn Hackman, a long time summer resident of Grand County. Hackman, who was 86 when she passed away on Jan. 5, 2012, loved Grand Lake and the cabin on the shores of Shadow Mountain Reservoir, where she had spent summers from when she was a child until shortly before her death. In 2000, she donated a conservation easement on her Grand Lake cabin and property to the land trust, thus ensuring the place she cherished would be protected forever.
“Carolyn was a lovely woman and a dear friend to many folks in Grand County. We are grateful for her generous gift and appreciate that she selected the land trust to administer her philanthropic directives,” said Colorado Headwaters Executive Director Carse Pustmueller.
Colorado Headwaters Land Trust, located in Granby, is a state-certified land trust working with Grand County landowners to permanently preserve scenic views, agriculture, water, wetlands, wildlife and biodiversity for future generations. The Land Trust’s primary protection tool is the conservation easement, an agreement that identifies and protects the conservation values of a property by limiting the landowner’s development rights in perpetuity.
Carolyn was a beloved teacher with St. Louis Public Schools for longer than 35 years. She graduated from Harris Teacher’s College with a degree in education and from Northwestern University with a master’s degree in music. Carolyn was also a professional singer, performing as a soloist with the St. Louis Symphony, the St. Louis Little Symphony and the Bach Society and many local churches and synagogues.
The Hackman gift is the first bequest of a property the land trust has received since its inception in 1995. The Land Trust plans to sell the property and to continue to hold its conservation easement. Following Hackman’s wishes, income from the sale will be placed into Colorado Headwaters Land Trust endowment funds for land conservation and conservation education purposes. “Carolyn’s generosity will help support the land trust and be appreciated by many for years to come,” Pustmueller said.