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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Environment, Land Resources Conservation

Mission: Our mission 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. Saving the Land...Leaving a Legacy

Results: Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has conserved 22,907 acres throughout our six county service area since 1992. MALT is proud to be an accredited member of the Land Trust Alliance.

Target demographics: Conserve land and water

Geographic areas served: MALT serves a 4,378 square-mile area encompassing Clear Creek County, Park County, Gilpin County, Teller County and the mountainous regions of Boulder County and Jefferson County, Colorado.

Programs: Conservation easements - expenditures incurred in securing donated land conservation easements.

land stewardship - expenditures incurred for annual monitoring of donated conservation easements.

outreach/education - educating the public on land conservation issues through presentations, articles, workshops, community meetings and events.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

Mountain Area Land Trust plays an essential role in land conservation in Colorado and has proven success in protecting land and water resources and natural areas. With their fantastic staff and board leadership, they actively work to connect people to the land and engage stakeholders in leaving a legacy for future generations. I am always confident that my contribution goes towards this mission!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mountain Area Land Trust is a pillar of this mountain community. They are very highly regarded, not only for their work preserving land, but with the integrity, quality and excellence in which they do everything. My personal experience with their events, and their staff has just reinforced their stellar reputation. And Night in the Park fundraising event is THE event of the summer too!


Rating: 5

I have been involved with MALT as a donor for over 15 years. The projects they have been involved with range from private conservation easements to assisting in opening up lands for public use. The most recent project they are involved with is the repurposing of Sacramento Creek Ranch, a property near Fairplay CO. A beautiful 70 +acre parcel, MALT just completed a new hiking trail and has plans for more activities at the facility. Looking forward to see what MALT plans to do in the future. A great organization !

Board Member

Rating: 5

Mountain Area Land Trust is an efficient, cost-effective powerhouse for conserving mountains, wildlife habitat, lands along streams, and historic ranches in some of the most quickly developing areas of Colorado. MALT has sought to conserve areas that are most at risk, that yield benefits for future generations, and that provide all of the opportunity to enjoy our Colorado way of life. Land conservation cannot be left to wishful thinking and good intentions. These are people with local knowledge of the land and ecosystems, expert skills in understanding Colorado law and real estate, and a willingness to dig in and get their hands dirty - whether building a trail or ensuring that scientific research can continue to take place in threatened forests. I feel blessed to have found an organization that does everything so well, in such vital work. I hope those who want their children and grandchildren to enjoy Colorado as we do today will join with MALT in its efforts to conserve our natural areas.

Emily S.12


Rating: 5

Engaging events, like a Night In the Park, bring families and the community together to raise money and celebrate the beauty of the outdoors. We love working with MALT!


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mountain Area Land Trust is an accredited land trust. Accreditation means Mountain Area Land Trust meets national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. Mountain Area Land Trust has demonstrated to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission its commitment to excellence. Accredited land trusts meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. These land trusts demonstrate their commitment to excellence by adopting Land Trust Standards and Practices, the ethical and technical guidelines for the responsible operation of a land trust, and meeting the accreditation requirements drawn from them. Learn More: http://www.landtrustaccreditation.org/about.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For the last 21 years Mountain Area Land Trust has worked hard in our community to protect 20,000 acres of open spaces that create the views, the recreation and the lifestyle in our community. I know that because of their work, our area will look like it does forever, even when my kids kids come back to see and enjoy it. Our family is truly grateful for all that they do. I love thier website SaveTheLand.org