Colorado continues to experience population growth each month with individuals and families moving here 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.
We all benefit from private voluntary land agreements! A 2017 analysis from Colorado State University found that each dollar invested by the state for these (conservation) easements produced benefits of between $4 and $12 for Coloradans. Public benefits include clean water and air, scenic views, access to things produced by local farms and ranches products, and wildlife habitat: all things that contribute to a high quality of life in the state.
For 29 years, Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has conserved a total of 23,482 acres in our six county service area. 17,310 acres in 86 private Conservation Easements and 207 acres are owned by MALT. Plus an additional 5,965 acres protected through facilitated public projects including Noble Meadow, Blair Ranch, Beaver Brook Watershed, Paradise Hills and Bergen Nature Trail.