Luther Bean Museum accepts donation

(05-11-2012)

The nonprofit National Association of Recreation Resource Planners (NARRP) today announced a donation to the Adams State College Luther Bean Museum in Alamosa in honor of U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.

The donation consists of a framed photograph of the Salazar family ranch by famed photographer John Fielder and a plaque praising the leadership of the Interior Secretary and San Luis Valley native for protecting the nation’s parks and public lands and ensuring all Americans can access and enjoy them.

"Connecting Americans to their outdoors is essential to improve public health, reinvigorate local economies, and inspire a new generation of land stewards," said Dr. Glenn E. Haas, vice president of NARRP. “Secretary Salazar's Great Outdoors initiative has shone an important light on the role of parks and public lands in providing recreational opportunities for Americans in rural and urban communities nationwide. By valiantly fighting for Land and Water Conservation Fund monies and the preservation of our public lands, he's made sure that American citizens, our environment, and economy can benefit from these treasured landscapes"

The photograph is now on display in the museum. Linda Relyea, Luther Bean Museum Advisory Committee chair, noted the connection of the new acquisition to the mission, which is to preserve and promote the diverse culture and history of the region and Adams State. "A photograph of the Salazar Ranch by Colorado landscape photographer John Fielder is a welcome addition to the museum's collection."

Nearly 50 years ago, Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund to use a portion of the fees paid to the U.S. Government by private companies conducting offshore oil and gas drilling for permanent protection of land and water onshore. In Colorado, more than $200 million in LWCF monies have protected places such as Rocky Mountain and Great Sand Dunes National Parks, the Ophir Valley of the Uncompahgre National Forest, and the Blanca Wildlife Habitat Area near Alamosa. The program has also provided matching grants for nearly every county in the nation to create community parks and ball fields, and conservation easements to protect working landscapes.

The Luther Bean Museum is located on the second floor of Richardson Hall on the Adams State campus and is open 2 p.m. until 5 p.m., or by appointment, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29, the museum hours will change to 1:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, through July. Two galleries have been recently reinstalled with the museum’s permanent collection of regional art. For more information call 719-587-7151.