Diligently working to meet the identified top community priority, Yampa Valley Land Trust conserves natural, scenic, agricultural, historic and other important public and private open land resources in Northwest Colorado, including but not limited to, Routt, Moffat, Jackson and Rio Blanco counties, with a focus on the Upper Yampa River Basin in Routt County and the Upper White River Basin in Rio Blanco County, for the benefit of this and future generations with a commitment to uphold and defend the conservation easements it accepts.
With over 56,130 acres in Northwest Colorado permanently protected by Yampa Valley Land Trust, it's easy to see why people fall in love with this corner of the state!
Many people are drawn to its distinctly Western landscapes: the rugged peaks, freshly cut hay bales resting in emerald green meadows, and sweeping open scenery that fades into the far horizon. For others, it's the sensation of casting a line into pristine trout-filled waters or the chorus of elk herds bugling at dawn.
Thrill seekers relish the winding singletrack trails on Emerald Mountain that offer some of the best mountain biking in Colorado, while people young and old appreciate the stunning seasonal change that crescendos in our aspen-blanketed hillsides every fall. Winter brings Steamboat's trademark "Champagne Powder®" that attracts people from around the world; only to keep on giving in the spring as it pours down from the high country and surges into our rivers, pleasing ranchers and whitewater aficionados alike.
Regardless of how you connect with the beautiful landscapes that define the Yampa River Valley and the four Northwest Colorado counties where YVLT's conservation work is based, you've made this area your home, playground, or vacation getaway for a reason.
Yampa Valley Land Trust has devoted a quarter-century to preserving all of these tangible and intangible elements. Just look around the Yampa Valley and you can see the lasting difference land conservation has made in our community in 25 short years. Your support will keep YVLT's momentum going for the next 25!
Every one of YVLT's 76 conservation easement projects is directly attributable to donors like YOU. These projects protect agricultural landscapes, life-sustaining ecosystems, scenic vistas, watersheds and river corridors, forests, and other vital open land resources. The organization also works with other community leaders to provide new opportunities for outdoor recreation, opening more than 5,000 acres to date through collaborative efforts. This includes portions of Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain Park - considered by many to be "the best city-owned park in the world" - and donors helped YVLT bring this incredible conservation and recreation area to the public.
These achievements would not be possible without your support, which has made land conservation a fixture in Northwest Colorado. Still, many areas have become increasingly vulnerable to development, threatening to fragment critical connections in ecosystems and scenic view corridors.
We have a limited window to act: land is a finite resource and opportunities to permanently protect this area will not always be here. YVLT needs your help to make it happen today.
If you love the Yampa River Valley and Northwest Colorado, support Yampa Valley Land Trust and we will continue to bring you the results!
"I really have to honor this community. Coming into this valley, you know that this open space is hard-won."
-Author Terry Tempest Williams, speaking at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs (July 28, 2016)