The mission of Mountain Area Land Trust is to save scenic vistas, natural areas, wildlife habitat, water resources, 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 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. MALT has assisted with numerous land acquisition 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 25 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 and the Floyd Hill Open Space, all located within Colorado's growing Front Range.
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."