Orient Land Trust

Protecting Valley View Hot Springs and its viewshed

Villa Grove, CO   |  www.olt.org

Mission

Orient Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to the preservation of Valley View Hot Springs (VVHS) and its viewshed—
including natural and biologic resources, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat,
open space, and historic and geologic features of the northern San Luis Valley—
for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Doug Bishop

Main address

PO Box 65

Villa Grove, CO 81155 USA

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EIN

84-1582988

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Energy Resources Conservation and Development (C35)

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Our programs

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Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Orient Land Trust works with area land owners to educate them as to their options for conserving their land.  OLT also carries out stewardship projects on the properties that it owns.

Population(s) Served

Visitor Services: The Orient Land Trust provided unique recreational
opportunities, lodging, camping services, and day use for 39001 visitors
during 2017. Visitors enjoyed the many attributes of the property including
hiking, soaking, viewing wildlife, geology, and bat conservation.
Volunteer camp hosts assisted visitors, especially during the busy summer
months. Orient Land Trust facilities are a wonderful model for
hydroelectric off-grid electric power.

Population(s) Served

Educational Programs: OLT provided 317 Educational Tours to 3,760 kids, adults and seniors. Visitors participated in Astronomy and Bat Tours daily throughout the summer and Geology, Hydroelectric, and Ranch Tours are offered weekly or upon request. Additional workshops in botany, weather,
horsemanship, and a bird workshop made a positive impact to kids participating in our Summer Science Camp. Many guests took advantage of our educational programs in 2016.

Population(s) Served

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Goals & Strategy

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Orient Land Trust Strategic Plan - Outline
Vision Statement: Orient Land Trust (OLT) is a unique place of peace, community, and soothing waters that nourish the environment and inspire us to preserve it.
Mission Statement: Orient Land Trust is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to the preservation of Valley View Hot Springs (VVHS) and its viewshed—including natural and biologic resources, agricultural lands, wildlife habitat, open space, and historic and geologic features of the northern San Luis Valley—for the education and enjoyment of current and future generations.
Objectives, Goals and Strategies
Visitor Space Protection and Management: Maintain and protect Valley View Hot Springs as an affordable, peaceful and family-friendly clothing-optional recreational facility that enhances the visitor experience year round.
• Maintain rustic lodging and camping opportunities for all visitors.
• Provide a welcoming family-friendly environment
• Promote naturism along with social and environmental awareness.

Conservation and Preservation: Follow the highest possible standards for land preservation, agricultural practices, and energy and water conservation.
• In Orient Land Trust's geographical area of concern, protect the view, wildlife corridors, dark skies and open space by utilizing appropriate conservation tools.
• Promote land stewardship.
• Strive for off-grid energy use and a small carbon footprint for all components of OLT.
• Protect water resources.

Research and Education: Facilitate scientific research around OLT resources, and promote educational programs and activities suitable for adults and children.
• Encourage collaboration with scientists, universities, government agencies and others for scientific studies of OLT resources including geology, biology, hydrology and energy.
• Develop and demonstrate conservation models and programs that teach thoughtful use of limited resources, including energy, water, material goods and land, to reduce each individual's impact on these resources and to adjust for environmental changes such as drought.
• Provide regular educational programs and activities for guests of all ages.

Staff Development and Community Relations: Maintain OLT as a responsible citizen of the San Luis Valley.
• Maintain a professional staff with expertise in conservation practices, agriculture, energy, finance and accounting, fund raising, and resort management.
• Provide an organizational structure that facilitates accomplishment of OLT's mission and objectives.

Financials

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Orient Land Trust

Board of directors
as of 7/18/2018
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Board co-chair

Mr. John Standish


Board co-chair

Mr. Martin Jolley

Geneva Mixon

John Standish

Scott Hamilton

Sarah Halliday

Patrick Comiskey

Aleia Schaum

Steve Saban

Marin Jolley

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