Floyd Hill Meadow

Over the past 50 years, Clear Creek’s Front Yard, also known as Floyd Hill Meadow, has been threatened by high density development. Now, our community has the chance to save this area by conserving it forever!

Saving our front yard means:

  • the area will forever remain a meadow;
  • wildlife habitat and corridors are permanently protected;
  • protecting a water resource;
  • unobstructed mountain views will be conserved forever.

To permanently protect this area, Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) needs to raise $50,000 to conserve the meadow in perpetuity.

Where is Clear Creek’s Front Yard? 

Many call it Floyd Hill Meadow or the Homestead parcel. It is located on Floyd Hill in Evergreen between Homestead Rd. and Clear Creek High School, and Beaver Brook Canyon Rd and I-70.

Every year, it is seen by millions of visitors driving by on I-70, Coloradans hiking and biking in the area, and Floyd Hill neighbors.

See the area on Google Earth.

Who owns it? 

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT), a regional land and water conservation nonprofit organization, was gifted the parcel in June 2023 from Albert Frei & Sons.

What is Mountain Area Land Trust?

Mountain Area Land Trust’s (MALT) 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.

MALT works with private landowners and public agencies to permanently conserve land in Clear Creek, Jefferson, Park, Gilpin, Boulder and Teller counties with offices in Evergreen and Fairplay, Colorado.

Since 1992, MALT has conserved nearly 27,000 acres; 18,000 private acres and 8,000 acres public spaces that include Floyd Hill Open Space, Beaver Brook Watershed, Mount Tom, Noble Meadow at Elk Meadow and more.

How can Floyd Hill Meadow be permanently protected? 

MALT can forever conserve this area by placing a Conservation Easement on it. The Conservation Easement will ensure that the area can never be developed with homes, commercial buildings, or any other structures. To accomplish this, MALT needs the community’s to help raise $50,000.

What is a Conservation Easement?

A Conservation Easement is a voluntary, legal, binding agreement between a landowner and a Land Trust that permanently restricts certain aspects of land use in order to protect the conservation values of the property forever.

Why does it cost so much to place a Conservation Easement on the property? 

There are several items that are required of landowners, in this situation, MALT, to be compliant with IRS and State regulations. These include completing a specialized CMS easement appraisal, mineral and environmental assessments, survey, project management, and contributing to a stewardship endowment and legal defense fund.

How to make a donation.

Click to make a donation. All supporter donations will be recognized on a donor recognition sign, which will be displayed at Floyd Hill Meadow late 2024. Be sure to earmark your donation for ‘Clear Creek’s Front Yard’.

Google Earth image of Floyd Hill Meadow