MALT acquired 44 acres in Conifer, previously owned by Anna Lou Wooldridge. Ms. Wooldridge was passionate about the outdoors and conservation, and designated MALT in her will to own and care for this property after her passing. Ms. Wooldridge welcomed hikers and horses to enjoy her land, and it is MALT’s intention to continue to keep the parcel available for the public to use for the same purposes.
For decades, the historic Blair Ranch west of Evergreen Lake was used as a retreat, where the Blair family could escape the summer heat of the Great Plains. Upon the passing of the Blair family elders in the early 2000s, Blair Ranch was listed for sale. Because of its prime location and spectacular setting, interest by developers was keen and a closing was imminent. MALT stepped in, raised community awareness and facilitated a purchase of the ranch by Jefferson County Open Space.
Today, Blair Ranch ties together Denver Mountain Parks land on Elephant Butte with Jefferson County’s Alderfer-Three Sisters Open Space. The two agencies worked cooperatively to develop a trail system that serves hikers, horseback riders and mountain bikers. More than 2,000 acres of contiguous open lands in this area are protected for recreational use and wildlife habitat.
The Beaver Brook Watershed lies roughly four miles west of Bergen Park along Squaw Pass Road (Highway 103). In the late 1800s, Beaver Brook was used mostly for ranching and logging. As the City of Golden grew in the early 20th century, citizens began looking to the mountains as a source of water. The city acquired the Beaver Brook Watershed, but by 1996 no longer needed it. Wanting to preserve the scenic and wildlife resources, MALT began working with Golden and several local, state and federal agencies to find a way to protect the land.
In 1998, MALT and the U.S. Forest Service developed a strategy for the federal agency to acquire the property over a period of several years. This plan called for nearly 6,000 acres to be preserved as open space for public use. It also meant that MALT and its partners would need to raise more than $21 million to buy the land from the City of Golden. Over the next seven years, MALT, with the enthusiastic bipartisan support of Colorado’s Congressional delegation, led an intensive campaign to secure federal funding for the project. A complex set of negotiations resulted in most of the land being added to the adjoining Arapaho National Forest. The remainder was acquired by Clear Creek County Open Space using a $5.2 million loan from Great Outdoors Colorado, a state lottery-funded entity, and money provided by Jefferson County Open Space and MALT.
The conservation of Noble Meadow was the Mountain Area Land Trust’s first project and is one of the organization’s most visible successes. The 408-acre Noble Meadow is a critical scenic and wildlife corridor that fronts Highway 74 and stretches up State Highway 103 and is an iconic viewscape in Evergreen.
In November 1993, with a strong residential and commercial market signaling imminent development of Noble Meadow, MALT spearheaded a cooperative project involving the developer/landowner, Evergreen Park and Recreation District, Jefferson County Open Space and the community to preserve the 408-acre meadow. The effort was successful: Noble Meadow was saved, and the partnership of public agencies and the community has become a model for citizen initiatives statewide. In July 2001, Jefferson County Open Space dedicated a bronze plaque commemorating the efforts of MALT and others to save Noble Meadow.
We invite you to contact us to discuss possible options for joining the Vista Giving Circle. Tax benefits often apply. We suggest you discuss your plans with your attorney or tax advisor.
If you choose to include MALT in your plans, we should be named as:
Mountain Area Land Trust, a nonprofit corporation organized and existing under the laws of Colorado, and with a principal business address:
908 Nob Hill Rd, Suite 200, Evergreen, CO 80439.
Our tax identification number is 84-6256809.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As someone who values conserved land, water and wildlife, we invite you to become a member of MALT’s Vista Giving Circle today. Vista Giving Circle members receive special recognition as well as invitations to exclusive MALT activities. And your participation inspires others!
You may choose to:
Imagine vast open lands, wildlife habitat, mountain streams, lakes and historic ranches: the Colorado we know and love conserved for future generations. These things are possible when we work together to save the land and invest in Colorado’s future.
Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) has been saving land and water since 1992, from Denver to the Continental Divide, and Pikes Peak to Long’s Peak.
Planned giving is an important way to ensure our shared legacy of vistas, water and wildlife that will continue to be protected.
Gifts made through wills are:
Contact MALT today at 303-679-0950 or MALT@SaveTheLand.org to discuss business sponsorship opportunities.
Legacy Council Members will be invited to a special Legacy Council annual gathering and other conservation leadership opportunities.
Call or email Lynn today to discuss your membership in the Legacy Council!
303-679-0950 or Lynn@Savetheland.org
Lifetime Legacy Founder: Donate $25,000 or more per year for 3 years
Legacy Founder: Donate $10,000 or more per year for 3 years
Legacy Leader: Donate $10,000 or more annually
Legacy Conservator: Donate $5,000 – $9,999 annually
Legacy Partner: Donate $1,500 – $4,999 annually
*Note: Levels are based on a cumulative total of gifts donated throughout the calendar year for which no goods or services are received. Planned and in-kind gifts are recognized separately.
The Legacy Council is an engaged community of MALT donors who take a financial leadership role in conserving a legacy of land, rivers, streams and stunning mountain views.
As MALT plans ahead for a strong future of land and water conservation along Colorado’s Front Range and from Denver to the Continental Divide, it relies on a committed group of donors who wish to create a legacy of conservation for our mountain communities by providing MALT the consistent financial resources it needs to lead these efforts.
Benefits include exclusive Legacy Council receptions, private guided hikes, opportunities to visit conserved properties and more!