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Registration for Palmer Land Trust’s fifth annual Southern Colorado Conservation Awards (SCCA) is open. Register online at

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palmerlandtrust.org. The event features a farm-to-table dinner and a film highlighting the work of this year’s winners.

The event will take place Thursday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m. at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort, 3225 Broadmoor Valley Road.

Each year, Colorado loses an average of 90,000 acres of land to development, the SCCA said in a news release.

Land conversion impacts Coloradans’ “very own identity in the west by converting large open spaces, significant wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities, historic farms and ranches, and those scenic views that fill our backyards,” the release said. “But each year, Southern Colorado tackles those threats with some of the greatest successes in land and water conservation – successes that are championed by people who devote their lives to the protection this unique region by making innovative, educational, and advancing strides to ensure a sustainable future.”

On Oct. 16, Palmer Land Trust will honor conservation trendsetters at the SCCA.

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This year’s award recipients are:

Steve Wooten, the Stuart P. Dodge Award in recognition of lifetime achievement;

Nancy Butler, Executive Director of the Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust, The Friends of Open Space Award in recognition of recent land protection achievements;

The Coalition of the Upper South Platte, Stewardship Award in Conservation;

The Mile High Youth Corps, Colorado Springs, the Stewardship Award in Education in recognition of exceptional environmental stewardship;

Gary and Georgia Walker of Turkey Creek Ranch, the Innovation in Conservation Award in recognition of innovative projects and programs; and

Scott Campbell, honorary recognition.