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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: Since 1992, Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has conserved nearly 24,000 acres throughout our six county service area.. 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, 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

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization for preserving open space . Outstanding staff, and very efficient use of funds.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Anne Mclean, boardmember
I have been on the board of mountain area land trust for four years and cannot say enough great things about this organization. I am proud to be part of a trust that is in the process of saving lands, preserving open space and contributing toThe health of rivers.
The new trails built at Sacramento Creek Ranch and Floyd Hill open space this year are phenomenal.

Board Member

Rating: 5

We are seeing so much growth, and while good, preserving our land and way of life is so important. So impressed with MALT's ability to work with rancher and landowners to encourage and enable them to preserve their land in perpetuity. MALT truly does everything with a high standard of excellence, from working with donors and landowners, to the events and public outreach. Incredibly hard working staff too!

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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!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have seen MALT grow and mature over the 26 years I have lived in the foothills of CO. They have preserved land and vistas for us all to enjoy in perpetuity. I recently joined the board to give back to an organization I appreciate and respect.

Jeanne B.8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Mountain Area Land Trust is working hard to conserve land and water for both public and private entities. A true asset to our community!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I did a Conservation Easement on my family's ranch through the Mountain Area Land Trust and referred two friends to MALT that also owned ranches. We all had an excellent experience working with MALT. They are the MASTERS of protecting watersheds, scenic vistas, and legacy properties for perpetuity. They are very easy to work with, take annual monitoring of properties they have easements on very seriously, and are also very fiscally conservative and efficient with donated funds. They are true stewards of the land and a great community asset! Colorado is lucky to have MALT as our neighbor!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mountain Area Land Trust a great organization that does an amazing job conserving our resources for future generations!

Dylan S.5

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great nonprofit with almost 30 years of experience in the conservation field!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

MALT is committed to ensuring that the beautiful landscapes and wildlife of Colorado's Front Range are protected in perpetuity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

MALT has continued to do great work over the years providing spaces for families to hike, picnic and explore.
I support the work of MALT because I know that future generations as well as wildlife will benefit from the land that they have conserved.

Donor

Rating: 5

MALT continues to do great things, and the growth that Colorado has seen in the last few years has made this work even more urgent and their leadership more impressive! I feel confident that their work will have a lasting impact to conserve Colorado's mountains, waters, wildlife habitat, and rural beauty for future generations in a cost-effective manner.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Floyd Hill Open Space public project that MALT spearheaded has been a great place to hike and bike during the pandemic of 2020. To have a place to go and get out in nature so close to my home has truly been a blessing. I appreciate the work they continue to do to save the land in Colorado for all of us!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mountain Area Land Trust played a huge role in saving my sanity during the Covid-19 quarantine of 2020. Despite not being able to live life as "normal", I spent every free hour outside enjoying the amazing natural areas, views and wildlife that MALT works so hard to protect. I explored Floyd Hill Open Space, Elk Meadow, Noble Meadow, and Pennsylvania Mountain - all MALT conserved properties - just to name a few. How lucky are we to live in such a beautiful natural area, with large swaths of land and water all largely protected thanks to MALT!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support the work of the Mountain Area Land Trust because clean air and water, open spaces, wildlife habitat and my mountain way of life are so important to me and my family. Thanks to MALT's work for over 28 years, I know places where my family can hike, mountain bike, snowshoe, and watch wildlife. We see instances in other communities and states where protections on open spaces are not safeguarded and the results can be devastating - the wildlife are chased away, water sources are polluted, there is overcrowding and as a result there are damaging consequences. Wildfires, lack of infrastructure and resources to protect people, their homes and livelihoods. MALT protects the land in perpetuity. I feel good knowing that the beautiful open spaces I love will remain for my children, grandchildren and beyond thanks to this organization's efforts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Mountain Area Land Trust has been a part of my family's philanthropic agenda for almost 2 decades. My husband, as a large animal veterinarian, had exposure to many property owners of large land tracks, required for their ranching operations. When these property owners voiced concern about how to preserve these open spaces for future generations, my husband knew just where to turn. As a current board member, I continue to be impressed by the dedication of the staff and board to maintain the mission principles of MALT. While MALT has grown in scope and size over the last 2 decades, the mission and community participation has remained constant. I am so proud to have been a small part of their outreach. - Marion Wells, MALT Board Member

Donor

Rating: 5

Born and raised in Denver, CO my family spent many days on picnic excursions in the foothills west of Denver. A majority of the area had a few summer cabins but mostly open spaces. As time passed and the population grew homes and businesses slowly crept into the area until it seemed as though every parcel of land was being developed. By chance I met the president of MALT at the Conifer Wendy's 4 years ago and was intrigued. Although a MALT contributor I had little knowledge of the extensive background of the board and staff and their commitment to preserving undeveloped land, ranches and historic places in this beautiful area. I received a personal invitation to the "Night in the Park" fundraiser that summer and as a result have included MALT in my trust. MALT continues to be successful in preserving these lands where I grew up and I am happy to live in a community that supports their mission to protect the natural beauty that I love for future generations.

Donor

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!

Donor

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

Donor

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!

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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