MALT and Our Partners Awarded GOCO Grant!
MALT has been the driving force behind the North Floyd Hill Public Project and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded MALT, The Trust for Public Land and its Partners a $545,000 GOCO grant to complete this $1,057,500 purchase!
This 108 acre property will be co-owned by Clear Creek County and Jefferson County who are also providing funding the purchase. A Conservation Easement will be held by MALT which will permanently protect this property. Located about 25 minutes from Denver on North Floyd Hill, this property is highly visible from I-70 and will provide convenient access to over 12,000 acres of public land to hikers and cyclists.
Over the last several months, MALT’s Executive Director, Jeanne Beaudry, has built successful partnerships with local governments and non-profits that have made the North Floyd Hill Public Project possible. MALT has teamed up with Clear Creek County Open Space, Jefferson County Open Space and The Trust for Public Land to provide partial funds for this acquisition and to apply to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for the final funding required to purchase the property at fair market value. In October, GOCO staff recommended this project to be funded and final approval by the GOCO Board was awarded on Wednesday, December 8, 2016.
This property is within Clear Creek County, yet Jefferson County is committed to this acquisition as it will allow outdoor recreationists to conveniently access over 12,000 acres of public land from I-70, much of which is within Jefferson County. This will mark the first time that Jefferson County has acquired Open Space outside of their County boundary. Additionally, a Conservation Easement on this property, held by MALT, will ensure public access and restrict development in perpetuity. Highly visible from the I-70 corridor, this property will soon be a destination for hikers and mountain bikers looking for mountainous terrain close to home. Keep an eye out for upcoming volunteer trail building opportunities!
A Night in the Park Date Set for July 15, 2017
Two of MALT's founders inducted in Jeffco Hall of Fame
Two of MALT's founders, Sylvia Brockner and Dan Pike, were inducted into Jefferson County Hall of Fame on August 24, 2016. Both were praised for their involvement, dedication and conservation leadership in Jefferson County. Executive Director, Jeanne Beaudry and Development Director Lynn Caligiuri attended the ceremony as well as other MALT supporters.
Zany, wacky and lots of fun all describe 100 Holes of Golf event at the Evergreen Golf Course on Thursday, June 16. Team MALT spent a beautiful morning "golfing" to raise over $8,000 for land and water conservation! Thank you to our team captain Pandora Erlandson and our mighty golfing team: Jim Davis (100 Holes of Golf founder), Rod Morgan, John Greene, Tammy Laushey, Dr. Anne McLean, Tony McEahern and Jim Thomas cheered on by MALT Development Director Lynn Caligiuri and Communications Director, Linda Besler.
MALT Executive Director Profiled in Just Around Here
Mountain Area Land Trust featured in Canyon Courier
Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area Bees in Science Magazine
Fascinating article in September's Science Magazine regarding the bumblebee research conducted at MALT's property at Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area co-authored by MALT Ambassador Dr. Candace Galen and MALT Penn Mtn Research Intern Elizabeth Hedrick is creating a buzz in the world-wide media. Please find the article published here, https://www.sciencemag.org/content/349/6255/1541.full.pdf and additional coverage here, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/climate-change-shrinking-the-tongues-of-bumblebees/
Good News! Conservation Easement Tax Credit Bill passes
Senate Bill 206 passes and his signed by the Governor on Thursday June 4! Effective January 1, 2015, the Colorado individual Conservation Easement tax credit formula is 75% of the first $100,000 donated value and 50% of any remaining donation up to a total possible credit of $1.5 million. This is a significant increase from the prior formula of 50% of the donated value of the conservation easement up to a $375,000 credit. Read the final bill here.
Special thank you to Rep. Jon Keyser from House District 25 for co-sponsoring this bipartisan bill.
Are you a landowner or know someone who might be interested in conserving their land?
Contact MALT to discuss this exciting opportunity, [email protected] or 303-679-0950.
Governor Hickenlooper, Jeanne Beaudry MALT Executive Director and House Representative 25 Jon Keyser at the bill signing.
Support MALT while you shop!
When you shop with Amazon, you can do your shopping and support MALT at the same time! MALT is participating with the AmazonSmile Foundation, who will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to Mountain Area Land Trust. Just shop at www.Smile.Amazon.com instead of the Amazon website to make your purchases. You can use your existing Amazon username and password to log-in and the websites are identical. The first time you log-in, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization you want to support. Search for Mountain Area Land Trust and select it. From this point, every time you make a purchase MALT will benefit!