My Name Is... Bobbie Sheffield

Board member of South Metro Land Conservancy

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Banding together

We’ve lived in Littleton 38 years. I love protecting open space. In 1993, they started to develop Jackass Hill.

A group of us got together who didn’t want to see the top of the hill developed, and they called us the Jackass Hill Gang.

We realized that land was rapidly disappearing, so we formed South Metro Land Conservancy. Next year we’ll be 25 years old.

A passion for preservation

Originally we preserved open space, and we still do that, but a lot of the low-hanging fruit has been preserved. We’ve preserved the Newton Trust property, which is a buffer zone at South Platte Park, we helped with the Superchi property north of South Platte Park, part of the Ensor property, the Lee Gulch area, and we did a project with Arapahoe County Open Space in the Bijou corridor. Now there are 15,000 acres of open space preserved there.

If we don’t preserve land, it won’t be here for my grandchildren and great-grandchildren. It’s important for the animals, and it’s important for you and I to be able to get out and absorb the stillness and beauty of open space and just unwind.

When I’m out in that open space, I feel peace. It’s just beautiful — when my world is turned upside down, I go out there and it sets everything right. It’s God’s country, and I love it.

Pride and joy

Littleton probably has more open space than almost any surrounding city, so I’m really proud of the town and how they’ve preserved it. I think all of us are feeling a little overwhelmed by development and all the people coming in, but Littleton has done well to set itself up with good parks.

My husband and I had a construction company, and I was the office manager, but my primary career was being a mom. I have three kids, and I’m a grandma and a great-grandma. I’ve been married 59 years, and I haven’t killed my husband yet.

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