Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

ESTES VALLEY LAND TRUST

aka EVLT   |   Estes Park, CO   |  https://www.evlandtrust.org

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 info

1987

Executive Director

Jeffrey Boring

Main address

PO Box 663

Estes Park, CO 80517 USA

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EIN

74-2465136

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Land Conservation

Each year, the Estes Valley Land Trust conserves land by negotiating conservation easements with willing landowners.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

Education of the community regarding current issues and the need for conservation of open lands and habitat.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Provide accounting and back office administrative support to non-profit organizations, Big Thompson Watershed Coalition, whose mission includes restoration of flood damaged properties from September 2013 flood, flood mitigation projects and creation of resiliency.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

The Estes Valley Land Trust annually monitors more than 165 conservation easements and enforces land use restrictions on nearly 10,000 acres of land.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

The land trust leads and partners in forest health, litter pickup and revegetation projects that improve wildlife habitat.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

The land trust is hiring a consultant to develop a community plan that will identify the most important land to conserve and new outdoor recreation opportunities.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified

The land trust provides scholarships to graduating seniors, partners on youth festivals and coordinates an annual cookout to engage youth about outdoor play and conservation.

Population(s) Served
K-12 (5-19 years)

EVLT hosts three events each summer. Two are early morning breakfasts, usually on a private conservation easement, and one evening cookout. Guest speakers' topics vary from local wildlife to climate change to updates on the adjacent Rocky Mountain National Park. These events are very popular with the community and typically draw more than 125 people at each event.

Population(s) Served
General/Unspecified
Families
Budget
$7,500

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance 2009

Land Trust Alliance 2014

Land Trust Alliance 2018

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ESTES VALLEY LAND TRUST

Board of directors
as of 1/17/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

W. Robin Harding

Retired - Corporate Advertising & Promotions

Term: 2018 - 2021


Board co-chair

Vaughn Baker

Retired - National Park Service

Term: 2018 - 2021

Vaughn Baker

John Cooper

Wanda Curry

Curt Gleaves

Robin Harding

Mark Holdt

Carly Lober

Ward Nelson

John Nolan

Wayne Park

Amy Plummer

Peter Sinnott

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Keywords

Land Conservation