Permanently preserving open lands for agriculture, wildlife habitat, scenic enjoyment and recreation in the greater Roaring Fork and middle Colorado River valleys.
Colorado's oldest land trust has evolved over the past almost 50 years to meet the changing needs of the growing conservation movement. AVLT began as the Parks Association, formed in 1966 by a group of citizens led by John Doremus, Eve Homeyer and Francis Whitaker, interested in preserving the natural environment of Aspen and Pitkin County. At the same time, the Parks Association established a separate legal entity, Park Trust, Ltd., in order to receive and manage gifts of land.
Since then, AVLT has evolved into a conservation organization dedicated to the protection of open spaces in the greater Roaring Fork and middle Colorado River valleys for agriculture, wildlife habitat, parks and trails, and scenic open space. Working primarily with private landowners as well as city and county governments, AVLT holds conservation easements - voluntary legal agreements - that conserve land in perpetuity, and in some cases continues to own and manage land for public access and other purposes.
Today, AVLT actively pursues land conservation opportunities in the greater Roaring Fork Valley and in the Colorado River Valley west to De Beque. Nearly 40,000 acres have been conserved to date.
See what some of the landowners, kids, and others we have worked with have to say about AVLT in our video available at http://youtu.be/zEYxLC1WGTU.