Scott Campbell, director of the Palmer Land Trust, works at the intersection of conservation, preservation, economics, and community development in southern Colorado—where large cities and agricultural towns face radically juxtaposed trends of growth and decline due to consumptive land use patterns and competition for limited water resources. He leads conservation efforts that build prosperity across diverse communities, underscore local control of land and water resources, and empower individual and community self-determination.
Campbell’s work has resulted in the permanent protection of 25,000 acres of natural and agricultural lands and launched 40,000 acres of conservation projects currently in progress. He founded the Protect the Peak Conservation Initiative—an effort to build a contiguous ring of protected public and private lands around America’s Mountain, Pikes Peak; cofounded the Colorado Scenic Byways Conservation Coalition—a statewide coalition dedicated to land protection along many of the country’s premier national scenic byways; and authored award-winning landscape conservation plans. Before joining Palmer Land Trust, Campbell worked for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade under Colorado Governor Bill Owens. His current efforts are focused on advancing new models for western water conservation—where conservation easements, rotational fallowing, and unique agricultural-municipal transfer agreements can provide long-term water supplies to farms and cities as an alternative to the West’s “buy and dry” trend.
As a Loeb Fellow, Campbell will hone his understanding of the political, social, and market forces that shape conservation outcomes while studying conservation models that support more equitable natural resource allocation paradigms.