Legacy Land Trust is in the process of shifting our operations model to better position our mission of stewardship while continuing to add conserved lands in partnership with land owners. At this time we are run by a working Board of Directors, one staff employee, and independent contractors.
Acting Executive Director
Advisor to the Board of Directors and independent contractor
independent contractor Amy Hahn
Our by-laws allow for a board of up to 21 members, but traditionally Legacy Land Trust maintains a board of about nine to fifteen members from all disciplines within the community. We view our organization as a community asset, and as such, try to reach out as much as possible to representatives of the natural resource fields, the business community, and the agricultural community to make sure our Vision, Mission and Goals reflect the needs and desires of the whole community. We invite you to meet our Directors and encourage get-togethers over lunch or coffee when you’re in the neighborhood!
Stan Cass (Eaton), President
Stan is a retired Army Colonel and is President of Cass Farms Co., near Briggsdale, Colorado. He and his son, Randy, as partner, own and operate a cow-calf business on about 7000 acres of dry land, that includes rangeland, cropland, and Conservation Reserve acreage. The cropland is now utilized primarily to produce mixed forages for their livestock. Stan and Randy have now donated conservation easements on well over 5000 acres. He lives in Eaton with his wife, Cecily.
Dennis Lamm (Wellington), Vice President
Dr. Lamm is Professor Emeritus of the College of Agricultural Sciences at CSU where he was Professor of Animal Sciences. He was raised on a dairy farm in Pennsylvania where his father was instrumental in initiating farmland preservation for the state. While his background has focused on beef production and Cooperative Extension, his additional experiences living in Iowa, Nebraska, Virginia, and for the past 35 years in Colorado, have given him a further appreciation of sustaining agriculture and open space through production practices and conservation measures. He and his wife Jean have owned 15 acres near Waverly for 23 years where they raised their son and daughter, and continue raising natural beef and horses. He retired from CSU in January 2013, sells seed corn part time, and treasures spending time with his grandchildren.
Steve VanderMeer (Fort Collins), Secretary
Steve is the Senior Vice-President of Planning and Marketing for Hometown Connections, where he has worked since 1998. His role is primarily as consultant to public power electric systems across the U.S. performing strategic planning facilitation and organizational assessments. Prior to that Steve worked for the City of Fort Collins for 11 years, serving as the Director of Marketing and Energy Services in the electric utility and Assistant to the City Manager in the City Manager’s Office. Before coming to Fort Collins in 1988, Steve worked for several years for the Philadelphia Zoo. His volunteer work includes serving on the board of the Fort Collins Museum of Discover (formerly the Discovery Science Center) since 2001, six of these years as the board president. He was co-chair of the first open space sales tax campaign, POST 2001, served on the Larimer County Parks Board and was a founding member and vice-president of the Friends of Philadelphia Parks. Steve received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and Master’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a 1992 graduate of the Leadership Fort Collins Program.
Bob Wagner (Nunn), Treasurer
Bob and his wife, Jan, live on and operate a 6000 acre ranch in northern Colorado where they breed registered Charolais cattle, Suffolk sheep and Border Collies, which they also train and trial. Their ranch is on the northern edge of the Pawnee Grasslands and includes a portion of the Chalk Bluffs. Bob also operates a biotechnology company in Greeley which performs veterinary diagnostics, primarily testing sheep for susceptibility to scrapie, and grant funded research on DNA diagnostics. Bob received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Harvard University and has lived in Colorado since 1994.
Richard Alper (Fort Collins)
Rich Alper has mediated, facilitated and arbitrated approximately 200 cases and has designed and taught more than 500 hours of conflict resolution, arbitration, negotiation, commercial real estate, land use and environmental law courses over the course of his distinguished career. He earned his law degree at Georgetown University and did post-graduate work in environmental law at George Washington University. In his years since he has worked in conflict resolution, public affairs, and environmental policy in the Washington, DC area and in Colorado.
Rich has served as faculty and guest lecturer at the Monfort School of Business, Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland Law School, the University of Baltimore Graduate School in Legal, Ethical and Historical Studies and the College of Southern Maryland’s Center for Environmental Training, and Colorado State University, among many others. He is co-founder and past chair of the Conflict Resolution Center of Montgomery County and served as co-chair of the community and public affairs section of the Maryland State Dispute Resolution Commission. He currently he serves as Secretary on the board of Embrace Northern Colorado, on the board of the Legacy Land Trust and as an elected trustee to the Board of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
Jane Low (Fort Collins)
Jane grew up in Northern Minnesota where her grandfather and then her mother were dairy farmers. She earned a B.S. in Zoology from the University of Minnesota and an M.Ed. from the University of California. She worked as a Research Analyst at UC Davis for 16 years. Along with her late husband Don, she developed and operated an organic citrus orchard that supplied specialty citrus fruit such as blood oranges to restaurants and customers for nearly 20 years. Jane moved to Fort Collins in 2007 where she enjoys gardening and adventure travel. She is a member of the Project Identification Team and the Events Committee.
George Wallace (Wellington)
Dr. Wallace is Professor Emeritus of the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU where also was Founder and Director of the Center for Protected Area Management and Training. His teaching, research and outreach have focused on a variety of issues related to protected areas (from public land management to private land conservation) in the US and Latin America. He and his wife Nancy and sons have also farmed 13 miles North of Fort Collins for 40 years raising crops and livestock. They have also won several awards for their habitat restoration and conservation practices on the farm. George was a County Planning Commissioner for 9 years and now serves on the County Agricultural Advisory Board.
Nancy West (Fort Collins)
Nancy West grew up in Puget Sound and earned an A.B. in geology from Princeton University and an M.A.T. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked has a geologist and was a high school chemistry teacher. She develops curricula, particularly earth science, and works to help teachers develop field studies that use spatial analysis and appropriate technology. She and her husband, Geoff Feiss, own Quarter Dome Consulting, LLC.
When not working, she relishes her return to open spaces and beautiful terrain. Like so many who live in northern Colorado, she values the prairies, foothills, and mountains—as well as vibrant towns and communities. She hikes, snowshoes, skis, bicycles, reads, is learning to paint in watercolors, strives to eat locally grown food, and volunteers with the Legacy Land Trust.
Jerry White (Fort Collins)
Jerry comes to us with a wealth of experience in community, open space and planning. Most recently he served with Larimer County Open Lands from 1986-2010, where he was involved in property acquisitions for open space & trails, coordinating activities and real estate matters with other agencies and the County Attorney, and providing input to the Open Lands management on development & implementation of the Master Plan. He also provided real estate expertise on other open-space related matters such as rights-of-way, drainage facilities, and fairgrounds. His background is diverse and includes and a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Northern Colorado, and service in both the US Military and the Peace Corps, where he worked in Honduras as a town planner. Jerry is bilingual, and enjoys travel, fly-fishing, boating of all kinds, hiking and wildlife-watching. He’s married and both of his children live in Ft. Collins, as well as his three grandchildren.