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

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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

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

Currently MALT holds 82 conservation easements totaling 16,780 acres, in addition 5965 acres protected through facilitated public projects, and 162 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

Goals & Strategy

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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 major land conservation organizations, 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 22,000 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 82 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 22,907 acres in its six county service area, including 16,780 acres in 82 private Conservation Easements, an additional 5,965 acres protected through facilitated public projects and 162 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 Counties and the mountainous areas of Jefferson and Boulder Counties.

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 9/16/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Kevin Larson

Bob Judge

Pine Valley Management

Nikki Croce

Consultant

John McBride Greene

Hunter Communications, Inc.

Bob Ostertag

CoBiz Financial

Pandora Erlandson

RE/MAX Alliance

Lori Weigel

Public Opinion Strategies

Michael Coriden

Business Lawyer

Eileen Fagan

SWCA Environmental Consultants

Kevin Larson

Tectonic Management Group

Anne McLean

Retired Physician

Marion Wells

Physician Assistant

Sue Dorsey

Gates Family Foundation

Jim Chiddix

Retired

Thomas Gibson

Retired

Rod Morgan

Port Morgan

Nadja Litoff

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