1% Wins Legacy Award

1% for Open Space recently received the Crested Butte – Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce’s


1% for Open Space wins the Legacy Award for over 10 years of service from the Crested Butte – Mt. Crested Butte Chamber of Commerce

Legacy Business of the year! We are incredibly proud and honored to receive this award.

It is particularly significant to 1% to receive this award from an entity dedicated to business success. We raise our grant funds through the efforts of our 100 participating businesses who donate their time in collecting a voluntary 1% donation from their customers. Their vote of confidence is immeasurably meaningful to us.

The Legacy Award is given to those who conducted business in the valley for over 10 years. It also calls us to ask – “What does it mean to be a legacy?”

For 1% for Open Space it means that through nearly two decades of our work, we have raised over 2.4 million dollars, granted to eight different community organizations, for the  permanent preservation of over 12,000 acres through 45 separate projects – all exclusively in Gunnison County. These include such prominent projects as the Lower Loop, Lupine Trail (on the Kochevar Parcel), and Paradise Divide Basin. We’ve helped generational ranchers continue their economies and way of life by funding conservation easements on working ranches with families such as Trampe, Rozman, Peterson and Guerrieri. Recreational access has been secured with projects such as the Gunnison Whitewater Park and Baxter Gulch Trail.

Being a legacy means that we’ve stood the test of time, proving ourselves to be dependable, accountable and reputable. And so we are also proud to have partnered with entities such as the Crested Butte Land Trust, Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy, Trust for Public Land, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory, Town of Crested Butte, Gunnison County, Trout Unlimited and the Crested Butte Wildflower Festival. The work we have done together means that much of our natural heritage in Gunnison County is preserved forever.

Thank you to all of the businesses who truly comprise this program, who make a statement through their participation that taking care of business also means taking care of the most vital entity that sustains our business – these landscapes that serve as our physical, economic and emotional haven and essential resource.

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