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Mountain Area Land Trust

Founded in 1992, Mountain Area Land Trust saves 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. MALT has successfully protected over 22,000 acres of private and public land and water.

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Land Conservation

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General Public
Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts
General population

Description

One of Mountain Area Land Trust's primary program areas is to grow voluntary land conservation agreements (private and public) thereby increasing the organization's conservation impact and fulfilling its mission. Currently MALT holds 77 conservation easements, with additional projects in the 2018 and 2019 pipeline. In addition, MALT spearheads public projects and coordinates the participation of partners, including public agencies and other conservation organizations, to pool resources and facilitate land purchases that allow for new hiking, biking trails and outdoor recreation opportunities that provide access to thousands of acres of previously inaccessible public lands. MALT's role as a leader in collaborative public projects provides more conservation for more people.

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Evidence of Program's Success

For the past 26 years, Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has conserved a total of 22,221 acres in its six county service area.

16,123 acres are in 77 private Conservation Easements and 103 acres are owned by MALT, with an additional 5,965 acres protected through facilitated public projects including, Noble Meadow, Blair Ranch, Beaver Brook Watershed, Bergen Nature Trail and Floyd Hill Open Space.
With over 26 years of experience leading collaborative science-based approaches, MALT has successfully protected over 22,221 acres of forests, grasslands, land along rivers and streams, alpine meadows and working ranches as a legacy for future generations.

Land Stewardship

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General Public/Unspecified
Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts

Description

MALT retains a full time seasonal Land Steward to annually monitor all of its conservation easements, and will do so in perpetuity, to ensure that the terms of the voluntary land conservation agreements are being met.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Protecting land through a donation of a voluntary land conservation agreement does truly represent a partnership in perpetuity between the landowner and MALT. It is a partnership premised upon the mutual goal of preserving the conservation values of the property. The time and resources invested in creating a voluntary land conservation agreement are rewarded through the permanent preservation and sound stewardship of the land. MALT continues to grow its base of voluntary land conservation agreements annually and employs a land team dedicated to fulfilling MALT's mission of saving Colorado's land and water as a legacy for future generations.

MALT maintains baseline reports for each of its 72 protected properties, and every property is visited by staff annually to ensure that the Conservation Easement values outlined in the baseline report are being maintained or enhanced by the landowner.

Outreach and Education Program

Class

Environment 

Beneficiaries

Animals
General Public/Unspecified
Outdoor Recreationists
Wildlife Enthusiasts
General population

Description

MALT annually hosts a summer hiking education series and offers free guided nature walks on MALT conserved properties on the Beaver Brook Watershed near Evergreen, CO, on Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area near Fairplay, CO, and Elk Meadow Open Space in Evergreen, CO. Since establishing the summer hiking series, participation in the program has increased 70% and the numbers of hikes offered has doubled and continue to grow each year. In 2017 MALT launched its Connecting Youth pilot program for under-served middle school aged children from the Denver Metro area, and is committed to fully funding and expanding programming to get children outdoors and on the land. MALT works with local school groups to lead educational and community service projects on public lands, to teach students about the natural environment, the watershed, trail etiquette, careers in environmental science and general practices on being good stewards of the land. MALT continues its work to expand and complete hiking and recreational trails, interpretive signage, scientific research and educational programming on the Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area, located just west of Fairplay, Colorado. In 2013, MALT purchased 92 acres on this unique 13,000 foot elevation, high alpine area which is home to one of the largest standing groves of 2,000 year old reproducing ancient Bristlecone Pines, and is the site of more than 40 years of continuous alpine scientific research.

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Evidence of Program's Success

MALT continues to reach out to landowners, donors and the general public through a range of community events, website, email blasts, appeals, social media platforms, digital newsletters, print media and other opportunities.

MALT measures its outreach and education program success through increased attendance and contributions at events, increased attendance in the summer hiking series, additional voluntary land conservation agreements, enhanced donations from appeals and membership in MALT's Legacy Council, additional followers on social media, news stories and earned media and increased website traffic.

MALT's summer hiking series has grown significantly since it was first established in 2014, with a 73% increase in participation. MALT's seasonal summer interns have steadily grown the number of advertising opportunities for the hiking program, including marketing to local realtors and businesses, as well as advertising on a myriad of social media, community websites and calendars, local newspapers, and poster distribution throughout MALT's service area and population centers. MALT intends to continue this popular hiking series opportunity in the future with the hope of even more exposure and participation in the program.

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