MOUNTAIN AREA LAND TRUST

Saving the Land ... Leaving a Legacy

aka MALT   |   Evergreen, CO   |  www.savetheland.org

Mission

Our mission is to save natural areas, wildlife habitat, streams and rivers, working ranches and historic lands for the benefit of the community and as a legacy for future generations. MALT serves a 4,290 square-mile area encompassing Clear Creek County, Park County, Gilpin County, Teller County and the mountainous regions of Boulder County and Jefferson County, Colorado. Mountain Area Land Trust has been a nationally accredited land trusts since 2012. Accredited land trusts are authorized to display a seal indicating to the public that they meet national standards for excellence, uphold the public trust and ensure that conservation efforts are permanent. The seal is a mark of distinction in land conservation.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Jeanne Beaudry

Main address

908 Nob Hill Rd Suite 200

Evergreen, CO 80439 USA

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EIN

84-6256809

NTEE code info

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Forest Conservation (C36)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Approximately 9,000 people move to Colorado each month to enjoy the state's quality of life and outdoor lifestyle, which includes having access to recreational opportunities, wildlife viewing and a unique way of life. Colorado is predicted to see continued and significant population growth in the next 20 years, with the majority of Colorado’s projected growth anticipated to occur along the Front Range, bringing even more people who want to explore the canyons, foothills, and mountains. The work of the Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is more important than ever to help protect the region's magnificent natural resources, streams and rivers, working ranches and historic lands for the benefit of the community and as a legacy for future generations. MALT works in partnership with private landowners as well as public entities, to ensure that recreational needs are being met, while also working to protect our valuable open spaces, land and water.

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?

Outreach/Education

MALT offers a summer hiking education series with free guided nature walks on MALT conserved properties. MALT works with local groups to lead educational and community service projects on public lands to teach students about the natural environment, the watershed, trail etiquette, carriers in environmental science and general practices on being good steward of the land.

Population(s) Served
Adults

MALT retains a full-time land steward to annually monitor all of its conservation easements, and will do so in perpetuity, to ensure that the terms of the voluntary land conservation agreements are being meet.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Currently MALT holds 89 conservation easements totaling 18,144 acres, in addition 6,088 acres protected through facilitated public projects, and 207 acres owned by MALT. MALT spearheads public projects and coordinates the participation of partners to pool resources and facilitate land purchases.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Land Trust Alliance 2012

Land Trust Alliance 2018

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Area of land, in hectares, indirectly controlled by the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Conservation Easements

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total acres of land conserved by MALT is just under 25,000 or 10117.141 hectares.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Mountain Area Land Trust's goals are to:
1) Promote our organization's mission to an increased number of landowners, donors and potential project partners through community outreach, education and marketing.
2) Increase financial stability through fundraising, land conservation projects and outreach to donors.
3) Build partnerships with land conservation organizations, local governments and municipalities, new donors and funders.

A Colorado non-profit organization established in 1992, MALT works collaboratively to facilitate win-win land and water conservation efforts. A nationally accredited organization with the National Land Trust Alliance (LTA), MALT has earned a distinguished reputation by helping private landowners, citizens and communities permanently conserve over 24,000 acres of environmentally significant natural areas since its inception.

MALT adheres to a Land and Water Conservation Plan which is a proactive tool the organization uses to measure its conservation successes and strategize future conservation efforts. By using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software, MALT’s Conservation Easements can be overlaid with biodiversity, water resources, wildlife and other unique data to highlight MALT’s achievements and set goals for future conservation. In addition, these datasets can be overlaid with county tax parcel data to determine areas with the greatest opportunity for future conservation.

Facilitating permanent land conservation is only one part of MALT's work. With each Conservation Easement granted to MALT, it undertakes the financial and legal obligation to ensure that the environmental values protected by the conservation easement are preserved in perpetuity for the enjoyment of generations to come. Currently, MALT holds this stewardship role for 89 Conservation Easements. MALT maintains an endowment to ensure that its conserved properties will be protected and stewarded to ensure the conservation values are being upheld, in perpetuity. MALT will continue to grow its base of financial support through individual donors, planned gifts, corporate support, family foundations, and grant funding to have the necessary resources to provide outreach and educational programming, to attract new landowners and secure private land conservation agreements, and to continue to facilitate public partnerships for new recreational and conservation opportunities.

Since 1992 Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has conserved 24,439 acres in its six county service area, including 18,144 acres in 89 private Conservation Easements, an additional 6,088 acres protected through facilitated public projects and 207 acres privately owned by MALT. In addition to private land conservation agreements, stewardship and education, MALT pursues public projects that allow for new hiking, biking trails and outdoor recreation opportunities that provide access to thousands of acres of previously inaccessible public lands. MALT's Land and Water Conservation Plan provides visual mapping to support its mission and strategic planning. Through GIS analysis and further research in the identified priority areas, MALT will be equipped with the tools for implementing coordinated conservation outreach strategies in its six priority areas and throughout Clear Creek, Teller, Gilpin, Park, Jefferson and Boulder Counties.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    MALT serves all residents and visitors to the state of Colorado through its mission and practice of conserving land and water as a legacy for future generations.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    MALT recently applied for and received a "Resilient Community Capacity Grant" to fund a Stewardship Director position, as a result of the negative impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic affecting a particular region within the organization's service area. Park County, Colorado does not have an Open Space or Parks and Recreation department. MALT’s role in land and water conservation and resource protection is critical to maintaining this region’s rural character and protecting its valuable natural resources, as the Covid-19 pandemic has resulted in a surge of the rural residential real estate market and placed enormous stresses on the organization's public open spaces and hiking trails.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    The more information we can share from the communities we serve in terms of land and water conserved, natural resource, wildlife habitat and historic ranch protection continues to solidify MALT's reputation as a vital regional land trust and community leader. The feedback we receive from our landowners, partners, funders and like minded organizations exponentially reinforces MALT's reputation as a convener of interested parties for the betterment of our service area and communities.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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MOUNTAIN AREA LAND TRUST

Board of directors
as of 07/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Pandora Erlandson

Bob Judge

Pine Valley Management

Nikki Croce

Consultant

Katey Greene

Owner, Evolve Nutrition

Bob Ostertag

CoBiz Financial

Pandora Erlandson

PandoraJohnProperties at Madison and Co.

Patrick Meyer

Retired, Pricewaterhouse Coopers

Susan Eagle

Retired, Sales & Operational Leadership

Kevin Larson

Tectonic Management Group

Anne McLean

Retired Physician

Jeff Danter

Senior Vice President, Trust for Public Land

Sue Dorsey

Gates Family Foundation

Jim Chiddix

Retired

Thomas Gibson

Retired

Rod Morgan

Owner, RandK LLC

Nadja Litoff

Evergreen Country Day Board Member

Bruce Anderson

Owner, Anderson Insurance Agency

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/19/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/09/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.