LATHROP STRANG MEMORIAL FUND
On a perfect Colorado spring day in 2008, a perilous run down a chute atop Mount Sopris took the life of Lathrop Strang. His death shocked and saddened the valley and a void lingers where his intellect and energy contributed so much.
Lathrop served on the board of Aspen Valley Land Trust for six years, and before that was a member of the board of Western Colorado Agricultural Heritage Fund, which merged with AVLT in 2002.
Land conservation, particularly that of working ranches, was Lathrop’s passion. He felt strongly that humans as well as animals need open spaces and land to grow food and fuel. Lathrop’s parents Mike and Kit, brother Scott and sisters Laurie and Bridget, asked that in lieu of flowers, people make a donation to selected non-profits, including AVLT. Since then, AVLT has received, and continues to receive, a significant amount of money in Lathrop’s name.
The Lathrop Strang Memorial Fund helps defray some of the costs landowners incur in donating a conservation easement. The funds are used to conserve working ranches that have been in one family for at least 25 years.
When Lathrop’s father Mike passed in January 2014, the family asked that donations in his honor be made to the fund. Spectacular and productive ranches from Missouri Heights to Divide Creek have been permanently protected from development thanks, in part, to Lathrop Strang Memorial Fund donors. Lathrop and Mike are no longer here to advocate for ranchers and ranching, but the Strang family continues to help ensure that ranching remains in the Roaring Fork and Colorado River valleys.