The mission of Mountain Area Land Trust 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.
Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is based in Evergreen, Colorado and was founded in 1992 for the purpose of land and water conservation. MALT became an accredited land trust in 2012 with the national Land Trust Alliance Accreditation Commission, and serves a 4,290 square mile service area. In addition to its work securing public and private voluntary land conservation agreements, MALT regularly seeks opportunities to collaborate with other conservation minded organizations and stakeholders to facilitate public projects and secure land purchases and acquisitions. MALT has assisted with numerous land projects that have resulted in conservation of thousands of acres of public land and trails. MALT's first public project involved the conservation of Noble Meadow in 1993 and was the organization's earliest major victory that laid the groundwork for the next 27 years of continuous land and water conservation successes.
Noble Meadow, a favorite elk grazing and calving area, has become a focal point for the mountain community and a key feature in the area's identity. The success of this initial conservation partnership has led MALT to undertake additional public projects and has served as a model for the organization's public land conservation initiatives including Blair Ranch, Beaver Brook Watershed, Bergen Nature Trail, Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area, Sacramento Creek Ranch and Floyd Hill Open Space, all located within Colorado's growing Front Range.
In addition MALT owns a 70-acre ranch and property in Fairplay, Colorado. Known as Sacramento Creek Ranch, MALT acquired acquired this parcel in the spring of 2019 and uses the property as its base of operations in Park County, and ultimately will provide a location for local school and educational youth groups as well as high altitude scientific researchers.
Also in 2019, MALT successfully completed a $508,000 capital campaign for the purchase and renovation of a permanent office headquarters for the organization, eliminating the uncertainty of leasing and high rental costs and providing a long term appreciating and sustainable asset for MALT.
Mary McGee: "Thank you for working so diligently with the landowners to preserve our contiguous wild spaces. Your efforts are invaluable, immeasurable, and priceless!"
Meghan Schenck: "Great organization! We're great fun (sic) that organizations like this exist to protect and preserve land for the future."
Mike and Caroline Gilbert:
"We feel strongly about preserving open space in the Front Range, close to the metro area. It is important to us to know we are leaving something for future generations, and it is nice to think that our donation has a purpose. Our decision to make a planned gift to MALT is the best way we can invest after we're gone."
"MALT gives a damn about what happens to the landscape. I have a piece of land that I think is beautiful. I've been a forest steward for 20 years and I'm just delighted that there's someone who can take care of it after I'm gone. I can die happy."
"My father loved his home, and I am happy to help maintain it."
Dave Higgins: "We all lead busy lives, and we sometimes just aren't in a position to take care of our own natural environment. So who's going to do that for us? Who's going to take care of these beautiful lands? In my humble opinion, it's the Mountain Area Land Trust."
Deborah Deeg: "MALT knows how to help families preserve legacies. Through a voluntary land conservation agreement, our family knows that the land, water and resources we treasure will remain that way forever."
Logan Boone: "My business is prosperous because of the actions of the Mountain Area Land Trust. We wouldn't have places like Elk Meadow and areas where we get communities and kids all involved in teaching them why it's important to save the land."