Fall 2017 Newsletter

Fall 2017 Newsletter

Conserving Land & Water

Conservation Update
MALT has closed on two Conservation Easements this year including 108 acres on Floyd Hill and 112 acres in Park County. Conservation work continues including six land and water projects and four additional initial inquiries. Conservation Easements on these properties will protect significant wildlife habitats and corridors, scenic vistas, natural areas such as meadows, streams, riparian areas and other water resources, working ranches and land under threat of future development.

Pending Projects:
Park County – 236 acres near Bailey, 200 acres near Hartsel , 485 acres near Jefferson, 330 acres near Lake George
Jefferson County – 80 acres near Coal Creek Canyon, 41 acres near Evergreen
Current Inquiries:
Jefferson County – 250 acres near Evergreen, 36 acres near Golden
Teller County – 230 acres near Hwy 67, Gilpin County – 50 acres near Central City

Connecting Youth with Nature

Floyd Hill Open Space Summer Hikes for Youth
MALT staff created the curriculum and led five summer hikes for underserved youth from Denver as part of a Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) grant. Nearly 100 students participated in these hikes during June and August. The Connecting Youth grant aims to connect youth with the outdoors, particularly to children who are not ordinarily exposed to these areas.
“It is not often that our kids have the chance to interact with nature, and it was clear that they were very curious about the landscape! Thank you so much, and I hope we can plan trips with you in the future!” – Denver YMCA. Learn More.

Floyd Hill Trail Work

Connector Trail Work at Floyd Hill Open Space
Thanks to the generosity of MALT donors and the community, work began on the first of several trails at Floyd Hill Open Space in September. Clear Creek County Open Space (CCCOS) and Jefferson County Open Space completed the construction phase of the connector trail in September. In October, CCCOS conducted a community survey and both organizations hosted an open house to discuss future trail construction. MALT and The Trust for Public Land coordinated the purchase and conservation of this 108 acres at Floyd Hill Open Space this past March. Learn More.

Pika Trail Kiosk Construction

Kiosk Structure Completed
MALT collaborated with local Eagle Scout candidate, Cole Brazell, and his troop to build the kiosk structure for the Pika Trail which was completed in October. Cole said, “It feels so good to have it completed. I really like the Pika Trail and have hiked it twice. Knowing that the kiosk is important to MALT’s project is exciting to me personally.”
Informational maps and a display will be added to the structure in the spring. This project was made possible through a generous grant from The Summit Foundation.
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Jerry Dahl Retires from MALT

Jerry Dahl, with Murray Dahl Kuechenmeister Renaud LLP, has served as MALT’s pro bono attorney for the past 25 years and will be retiring from this position in December. MALT Executive Director, Jeanne Beaudry said, “MALT is very grateful for the 25 years of legal counsel that Jerry Dahl has provided. We wouldn’t be where we are today without his endless work for our mission.” Greg Vallin with Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has graciously agreed to step in and serve as MALT’s attorney.

Cheers to MALT!

Evergreen Brewery & Tap House is donating 1% of the proceeds of all Elk Meadow IPA’s purchased at their location or at other restaurants and bars that serve it. Look for an upcoming MALT event at Evergreen Brewery & Tap House!