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Stewardship Partners

Tom Braun is a leading land planner with over 15 years of experience developing public and private projects in the Colorado Rockies. He is most notably recognized as one of the West's experts in conservation planning - having led the teams for the nationally recognized Maytag, Storm Mountain and Marabou Ranches. Tom is active in a number of conservation and preservation planning organizations and was recently a speaker at the ULI Colorado District's conference on conservation planning and ranch preservation.

Robert Emmet Fitzgerald (Fitz) has 26 years of diverse design experience as an architect and is known for his philosophy of "Architectural Stewardship" relative to our western heritage. Fitz is outspoken in his reverence for the simplicity of form and utility found in western architecture and for both the logic and the appeal of design ideas often found within the vernacular styles of a particular locale. His work is always rooted in the physical and cultural context of a place and is, therefore inherently site specific. He has been the leading architect for several notable efforts including: the architecture of the owner cabins, recreational amenities and communal buildings of the Storm Mountain Ranch in Steamboat, the Maytag Mountain Ranch near Westcliffe, CO., the Elk Creek Ranch outside of Meeker, Indian Shadow near Durango and "Marabou," Steamboat Springs' newest entry into ranch conservation development. Fitz has also been architect for several private development projects across the West. Currently, he is Project Design Director for the Vail Resorts Development Company's redevelopment of Lionshead and Vail Village and won the developer led competition to redevelop the Lionshead Parking Garage site (a new $600 million resort hotel complex).

Steve Herter is our very own Rocky Mountain fishing and aquatic habitat expert. Steve inherited his passion for the outdoors from his famous fly fishing father, Red Herter. With over 50 years of fly-fishing experience, Steve is a nationally known fly fisherman, fly tier, fishing resort developer, and aquatic habitat restoration expert. He has hosted and appeared on Fishing the West, and Fly Fishing America TV shows. Steve created and built three of only four Colorado fishing lodges cited in North America's Greatest Fishing Lodges, published by Sports Afield. Elk-Trout Lodge and Elk Creek Lodge are Orvis endorsed operations, with Elk Creek cited as one of the top Frontiers Travel lodges in the West. Steve was also instrumental in developing Seven Lakes Lodge, "America's premier guest lodge." Most recently, Steve supported the development of Storm Mountain and Marabou shared-ranch communities.

Corey Sue Hutchison is an enthusiastic dynamo who specializes in fish habitat evaluation and improvement, river channel and bank stabilization, wetlands delineation and creation. Corey has completed large projects on all of the major rivers and tributaries in the Four Corners area including the Dolores, Mancos, La Plata, Animas, Pine, San Juan, Piedra and Rio Grande Rivers. Her clients are from the public, government and private sectors. Corey is a steward of our great and small rivers, streams and ponds. She is a tireless advocate for the protection and nurturing of our water resources.