Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

ESTES VALLEY LAND TRUST

aka EVLT

Estes Park, CO

Mission

THE MISSION OF ESTES VALLEY LAND TRUST IS TO PRESERVE AND PROTECT OPEN SPACE, VALLEYS, WETLANDS, STREAMS RANCH LANDS, AND WILDLIFE HABITATS IN THE ESTES VALLEY AND SURROUNDING AREAS LANDS ADJACENT TO ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK AND THE ARAPAHO-ROOSEVELT NATIONAL FOREST ARE OF SPECIAL CONCERN

Ruling Year

1987

Executive Director

Jeffrey Boring

Main Address

PO Box 663

Estes Park, CO 80517 USA

Keywords

Land Conservation

EIN

74-2465136

 Number

6134228934

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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What we aim to solve

Since 1987, the Estes Valley Land Trust has preserved nearly 10,000 acres of land. This land protects the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, critical wildlife habitat, incredible scenery and miles of public hiking trails. Our community outreach and educational events attract more than 350 people a year. With Larimer County experiencing some of Colorado’s fastest population growth, the remaining open land in the Estes Valley is under intense pressure. Unchecked growth will fragment wildlife habitat, threaten water resources, and disrupt the majestic mountain views that make the Estes Valley exceptional.

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Land Conservation

Community Education

Fiscal Sponsor BTWC

Land Stewardship

Wildlife Habitat Improvement

Open Space and Outdoor Recreation Planning

Youth Engagement

Educational Events

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As the only local organization devoted to conserving land in the Estes Valley, our mission is to preserve land forever and buffer Rocky Mountain National Park. Our land conservation efforts protect scenic views, critical wildlife habitat, public trails and historic structures. We also educate and engage the community through public events, newsletters and service project.

We work with willing landowners to execute conservation easements that protect land in perpetuity. We ensure the terms of the easements are met every year through our monitoring program that utilizes over 100 volunteers each summer. We are one of the few land trusts that utilizes volunteers for monitoring. Wildlife and environmental experts speak at our summer events and educate the community on the importance of land conservation. We partner with landowners, other non-profit organizations and local and state agencies to conserve land.

We have 2.8 full time equivalent staff, a 14-member Board of Directors and approximately 450 members that serve the organization. Staff conduct daily business, the Board of Directors provides governance and fiscal oversight and our members volunteer over 600 hours a year to ensure our conservation easements are upheld.

Successfully executing new conservation easements ensures that we are protecting more land and annually monitoring and defending each conservation easement ensures that the nearly 10,000 acres of land already protected are not threatened. Our monitoring program continues to grow and attract new volunteers and our membership is increasing. Our educational events are growing in popularity and our “members only” hikes have waiting lists.

The scenic beauty and wildlife habitat of the Estes Valley are still intact, even though Estes Park is growing and more than 4.5 million people visit Rocky Mountain National Park each year. Our Open Space and Recreation Plan, developed in coordination with local and state partners, will help ensure additional wildlife habitat is preserved. We have prevented major violations to any conserved property, such as prohibited road building, or clearcutting, by building trust and educating each landowner. We negotiate new conservation easements with landowners, to conserve additional wildlife habitat and scenic views and we continue to improve our annual monitoring process and educate successive landowners to prevent easement violations that harm the environment. We are also building our operating endowment to ensure the land trust is financially stable, forever, and engaging our membership through enriching public events, that encourage them to be better stewards of our mountain environment.

External Reviews

Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance 2009

Land Trust Alliance 2014

Land Trust Alliance 2018

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ESTES VALLEY LAND TRUST

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

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Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

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We are a committed equal opportunity employer and seek a diversity of people as directors and volunteers.