Travis Custer has a deep passion for the power of connecting people to land and exploring the diverse stories of how land weaves itself through the human experience. He has been involved with nonprofit and community-based work for nearly 20 years with a diverse background in nonprofit management, leadership, agriculture, ecology, education and social and environmental justice. He is the current executive director of the Montezuma Land Conservancy in Southwest Colorado alongside his amazing staff. Over the past five years, Travis has advanced MLC's community conservation initiatives through its education center Fozzie's Farm and led MLC to develop innovative programming that have gained statewide and national attention. MLC is one of Colorado's only land trusts with a dedicated Indigenous program and staff position where they work closely with the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. Before the land trust, Travis worked for the USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service and the High Desert Conservation District and served on the board of the Mancos Conservation District. He was the recipient of the John Stencel Leadership Award from Rocky Mountain Farmer's Union for his determination and community leadership in the agricultural field. Above all else, Travis is the father of an amazing son, Eddy, and takes pride in learning and teaching alongside his son where they work together to co-create better versions of themselves.
View Speaker Sessions
- SEM03: New Endeavors in Land Conservation: Conserve, Redevelop, Undevelop
- B21: Traditional Harvest: Building Relationships Across Cultures and Restoring Access to Ancestral Land
September 07, 2023
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
September 08, 2023
1:30PM - 3:00 PM