Andrew J. Mackie
Andrew started as the Executive Director of the Central Colorado Conservancy in 2009. He is the first executive director of the organization and has overseen a substantial growth period for the Conservancy, increasing the conservation activities, staff and funding. Andrew has experience with land trusts from Florida, Connecticut and Alaska.
Central Colorado has filled a desire for Andrew to live in the Rocky Mountains. The large open spaces, wildlife populations and rural character brought him to Salida. He is a believer in working together to protect the resources we all need, especially supporting the importance of ranchlands to provide our food, keep alive the local heritage and support wildlife habitat.
Since Andrew’s arrival, he has been pivotal in protecting several large ranches, including Chubb Park, Campbell Ranch and Headwaters Ranch. He also started the Conservancy’s restoration and stewardship programs to protect lands by increasing the ecological and agricultural productivity of properties in the region. He has also been instrumental in restoring water resources. His favorite cow breed is the Highland Cattle due to his Scottish ancestry.
Andrew has a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a Master’s of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is an avid birder and has led nature tours around the world. For the Conservancy, he has led trips to Southwest Florida, Costa Rica, Ohio and Yellowstone as part of the organization’s nature travel program.
Before accepting the position with Central Colorado Conservancy, Andrew worked under contract with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation managing several projects. He also completed oversight of a $3.5 million construction project resulting in the creation of the Montezuma Audubon Center. The Center is sited on a property with three created wetlands and restored grasslands.
Lucy has lived in the mountains of Central Colorado since 1989. She first came here to attend Colorado State University after growing up in Maryland, where her father worked for the Department of Agriculture.
“I have fond memories of working on the farm where my father worked with dairy cattle, but I sure don’t miss the humidity!” Lucy recalls. “I was so relieved to get to Colorado!”
Lucy earned her bachelor’s degree in history from CSU and later returned to college to complete a master’s degree in natural resource policy. Before joining Central Colorado Conservancy, she served as executive director of the Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy for 11 years. There, she helped ranching families complete 25 conservation easements that protect nearly 10,000 acres of productive ranchland. Prior to that, she was director of the Colorado Water Workshop, a western water policy conference hosted by Western State College in Gunnison.
Lucy finds conservation work to be challenging and rewarding. She is always striving to keep up with changing legal requirements, tax benefits, and new funding opportunities for landowners.
“We are so blessed to live in this beautiful place. I feel really lucky to work with landowners who want to protect Colorado’s land and water,” Lucy said.
“I also have great respect for people who work on the land in this challenging climate,” Lucy adds. “I watch my neighbors haying and see the long hours, sweat and dedication that go into the year’s crop. Those lush meadows depend on the hard work of the ranchers, and the recurring gifts of the water and the soil.”
When not working on Central Colorado Conservancy projects, Lucy enjoys riding horses and mountain biking, hiking and cross-country skiing.
Conservation Director Lucy Waldo can be contacted at email@example.com or (970) 901-1816.
Membership and Common Cents Coordinator
Julie and her husband, John, moved to Salida in January 2013. She grew up in the Kansas City area, graduated with a degree in education from the University of Kansas, and taught grades fifth and/or sixth for more than 25 years in Kansas City.
Julie has been an active volunteer and board member with Wildwood Outdoor Education Center in LaCygne, Kan., and High Trails Outdoor Education Center, Florissant, Colo. Since 1962, Julie has worked most of her summers with High Trails Ranch/Sanborn Western Camps and The Nature Place in Florissant, Colo. She served as the assistant director of High Trails Ranch from 2000 to 2002, and full-time as director from 2003 through 2012. Julie has a strong background in education and youth development.
Julie has two children who live and work in Colorado.
Membership and Common Cents Coordinator Julie Richardson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Watershed Restoration Specialist
Buffy joins Central Colorado Conservancy as the Watershed Restoration Specialist, managing our work on the South Arkansas River near Poncha Springs, as well as additional restoration projects.
She is also project coordinator for the Salida Trail Ecological Restoration Project (STERP), a joint effort created to restore the Monarch Spur Trail to a natural habitat, where native plant and wildlife species can thrive alongside residents’ recreational use of the trail.
As the Watershed Restoration Specialist for Central Colorado Conservancy, Buffy is coordinator of the Upper Arkansas Wetland Focus Area Committee, which is a collaboration of organizations and agencies in the Upper Arkansas River watershed that focuses on riparian projects.
Buffy holds a masters degree in ecology from Colorado State University. She is a former resident of Westcliffe, where she taught high school, lived on a ranch, served as a board member of the Wet Mountain Valley Food Coop and Sustainable Ways, and helped found the Cliffs’ Park Community Garden.
She has worked as a wildlife technician for the City of Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, the U.S. Forest Service in Steamboat Springs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Montana on a grizzly bear study, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and served in the Peace Corps as a conservation specialist in Mexico.
She and her husband moved to Salida in August, 2015, with their three children. Watershed Restoration Specialist Buffy Lenth can be reached at email@example.com.
Sally is keen on helping people develop deeper personal connections to the natural world.
As Central Colorado Conservancy’s Volunteer Naturalist, she leads hikes and walks on properties the organization holds in trust. Some of these locations cannot be accessed by the public, so the events can be a one-time chance to see certain, special lands.
Sally’s primary task is to increase opportunities for our members to experience important lands and receive an interpretation of their conservation values.
“I’m really enthusiastic about how the world works and I love sharing that with other people,” she says. “I love following their interests, getting them excited.”
With a master’s in zoology, Sally taught general ecology classes at Ohio Wesleyan University for nearly 20 years. Before that, she worked as a naturalist for a decade, for the state of Ohio, Acadia National Park, and a private nature center in Cincinnati. Sally has been teaching since high school, when she worked as a camp counselor. But her love of the natural world started in her childhood backyard in western New York, outside of Buffalo.
“I played in the creeks and had a rock collection and an insect collection,” she says. “I started looking at birds in elementary school but in those years, I didn’t know anyone else who did that sort of thing. It was just me, catching frogs.”
Now retired, Sally lives in Chaffee County with her husband, Denny. Volunteer Naturalist Sally Waterhouse can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.