A New Home for the Mountain Area Land Trust

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is pleased to announce the closing on an office condominium unit in the “Nob Hill” building located near I-70 and Evergreen Parkway. In 2018 with the unanimous support of its Board of Directors, MALT began a search for a permanent headquarters in Evergreen. After considerable discussion and careful financial analysis, the board decided that owning a home is critical to MALT’s long term success and sustainability. The building has great visibility that will enhance MALT’s recognition within the community.

MALT anticipates using its new permanent office headquarters to host a variety of future events, including fundraisers, community outreach and education opportunities and board meetings. MALT’s new home will provide long term financial sustainability for MALT to fulfill its mission for land and water conservation into perpetuity.

Support MALT’s Capital Campaign for our new headquarters! Your donation will help us to ensure that Colorado’s beautiful mountains, streams and rivers and historic lands are protected in perpetuity.  Thanks to generous gifts from many dedicated MALT friends we are well on our way to reaching our fundraising goals, but we need your help to finish our campaign! Contact MALT Development Director Lynn Caligiuri at Lynn@savetheland.org or Board Member and Capital Campaign Chair Rod Morgan at RMorgan@PortMorgan.com for more details on how you can support MALT's ownership of a permanent home.

We anticipate moving later in the summer and look forward to welcoming you to our new home!

MALT Receives GOCO Grant

Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) have chosen MALT's project at Floyd Hill Open Space to receive three weeks of work from the Mile High Youth Corps!  The project will be completed in 2019. 

Funds for this project were awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), which receives a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds, to the Colorado Youth Corps Association for use by accredited youth corps. The goal of the program is to employ youth and young adults throughout the state on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects in partnership with local governments and open space agencies.

MALT Sets Date for A Night in the Park 2019

Save Saturday July 13th, 2019 and plan to join us for an evening of fun at A Night in the Park! Reggie Rivers will be joining us for our third year. You saw him in Evergreen first with MALT! Tickets will go on sale early spring. 

Research at Pennsylvania Mountain featured in Yale Climate Connections

Fairplay, CO September 12, 2018
Research conducted on MALT's property at Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area is featured in this article in the Yale Climate Connections. Read the full article.

Summer Trail Building at Floyd Hill Open Space

Evergreen, CO June 1, 2018
MALT is delighted to once again be working with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) this summer on Floyd Hill Open Space trail building projects!  VOC partnered with MALT in 2015 and 2016 to create and build the Pika Trail at Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area. 

Thanks to Clear Creek and Jefferson County open space programs and The Trust for Public Land, a significant portion of Floyd Hill is open to the public and with these projects will eventually offer a number of hiking and biking trails. 

VOC has been motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado's natural resources since 1984.  VOC says, "By breaking ground on a new trail in Floyd Hill Open Space, volunteers will contribute to the development of an expansive trail system that will ultimately provide miles of hiking and mountain biking opportunities for residents and visitors alike."  The first of three volunteer project dates will be on National Get Outdoors Day followed by dates in July and August. 
Sign up to celebrate Get Outdoors Day with the first of three Floyd Hill trail building projects; for volunteers ages 12+.
Girl Power! Sign up for this Women Only trail building experience on Floyd Hill; for women and girls ages 12+.  Registration will open June 1.
Celebrate the completion of our Floyd Hill Trail Construction Series with a post-project happy hour sponsored by Colorado Native.  Registration will open June 1.

MALT Receives Renewal of Accreditation

Evergreen, CO (Feb. 28, 2018) 

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission recently awarded the renewed accreditation to the Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) recognizing MALT’s commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

“The accreditation seal is a mark of excellence. We are so proud as an organization to have achieved this high standard,” said Jeanne Beaudry, MALT’s Executive Director.  Mountain Area Land Trust had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation renewal.

Accredited land trusts must renew every five years, confirming their compliance with national quality standards and providing continued assurance to donors and landowners of their commitment to forever steward their land and easements.  Almost 20 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities are now permanently conserved by an accredited land trust.

MALT Nominated for Chamber Award

Evergreen, CO  February 23, 2018. 
The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Evergreen join together to recognize their best!  MALT is proud to be nominated for the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year Award!  

Save the Date for MALT's summer celebration

The 16th annual A Night in the Park will be held on July 14, 2018 at Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park.  Celebrating the 26 years of land and water conservation, this festive evening will feature a hosted bar, auctions, live music and catered dinner.  Former Bronco and author, Reggie Rivers will once again emcee and host the event with catering provided by Fresh Tracks Foods & Catering and music with Dakota Blonde. Plan to join MALT for this fun evening! 

MALT Receives Largest Gift in Organization’s History

MALT Receives Largest Gift in Organization’s History

Evergreen, CO (Dec. 14, 2017) – For the first time in Mountain Area Land Trust’s (MALT) 25 year history, a parcel of land has been donated to the organization. Local Evergreen resident, Bob Meade has donated his property located near Kittredge that he and his late wife Mereth have owned since 1980.

“I feel relief, and I feel a little sad. But if you can’t get out and take care of it, it’s time to pass it on. At my age, you have to give stuff away that you’re done with. It was a wonderful three and a half decades of being a forester, but I’m not a forester anymore. It’s a piece of luck to be able to give this land to MALT and turn my back and walk away – wow. There is nobody better to take care of it than MALT.” said Meade.

MALT Executive Director, Jeanne Beaudry said, “What a gift and legacy Bob has left to MALT. We are truly humbled and grateful by his generous donation. This is the largest donation that MALT has received since the organization’s founding in 1992.” As a member of MALT’s Vista Giving Circle, Bob has been planning this land donation to MALT for many years. Vista Giving Circle donors are supporters who plan on leaving a gift to MALT (either financial, land or both) in their will or estate plans.

Bob and Mereth enjoyed the property together for many years, and in 1996 when Bob retired from the United States Geological Survey, he embarked on a retirement project, taking on his first ten year forest management plan with the help and guidance of the Colorado State Foresty Service.

Fast forward to 2017, and Bob is still working on his land, having just completed his final 20 year forest management plan –or as Bob likes to call it, his “health club.” Bob lost his wife Mereth in May of 2013 but continued to work on his land sharing that it has always been a source of physical, mental and spiritual health for him.

“The way you learn to love children is to take care of them, and it’s the same with the landscape, said Meade, “You put yourself into it. I think Robert Frost said it best: The land was ours before we were the land's.”

MALT Applies for Renewal of Accreditation

Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Mountain Area Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Mountain Area Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/help-and-resources/indicator-practices.

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit www.landtrustaccreditation.org, or email your comment toinfo@landtrustaccreditation.org. Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on the Mountain Area Land Trust’s application will be most useful by July 20, 2017.

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

MALT has announced that the 15th annual A Night in the Park will be held on July 15, 2017 at Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park.  Celebrating the 25 years of land and water conservation, this festive evening will feature a hosted bar, auctions, live music and catered dinner. 

Save the date and plan to join us!

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.  

Read more in the Evergreen Canyon Courier and JustAroundHere.com  Photos courtesy of Linda Kirkpatrick

June 16, 2016  100 Holes of Golf - Evergreen CO

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

Executive Director Jeanne Beaudry was featured in the March 29, 2016 edition of JustAroundHere.com in the Nice to Know You profile.  Read about Jeanne's fascinating journey here

Mountain Area Land Trust featured in Canyon Courier

MALT was featured in a January 19, 2016 article in the Canyon Courier,  In case you missed this article, http://www.canyoncourier.com/content/mountain-area-land-trust-acquiring-additional-properties

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/

More here.

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, malt@savetheland.org 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!