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What's Buzzing? New Bumble Bee Species Discovered!

April 19, 2021

While studying genetic diversity in bumble bees at Pennsylvania Mountain near Fairplay, CO and other areas in the Rocky Mountains last summer, researchers from Uppsala University discovered a new species! They named it Bombus incognitus and presented their findings in the journal Molecular Biology and Evolution recently.

Assistant Professor at Webster University and research colleague, Nicole Miller-Struttmann, Ph. D. said, "We sampled bumble bees at Pennsylvania Mountain and six other locations in Colorado. Originally, we had planned to see which parts of the genome influenced tongue length, an important foraging trait for bumble bees. However, we were shocked when we looked at their genomes and saw that we had three, not two, species! This hidden species looks nearly identical to B. syvicola and is not genetically related to any other species with published genomic data. This suggests that we have a new, cryptic species, which we refer to as B. incognitus. We still have some taxonomic work to do to describe the new species in detail and are excited to explore its ecology and evolution in more detail - now that we know it's there!"

Dr. Candi Galen who has conducted research for over 40 years in this area responded, "I think at a time when extinction seems inevitable, it is heartening to hear that there are still undiscovered species in the wild areas of the earth. And, this makes MALT’s work conserving those wild areas, like the high alpine habitat of Bombus incognitus, especially valuable."

Dr. Galen, a professor emerita of biological sciences, is an evolutionary ecologist recognized for her research on the ecological dynamics of species interactions. Her studies include an over forty-year analysis of floral evolution in alpine skypilots (Polemonium viscosum) conducted on and around Pennsylvania Mountain. Dr. Galen's findings that bumble bee pollinators exert strong directional selection on the floral traits of this plant species is considered a classic in the field of evolutionary biology.

Learn more about MALT's property at Pennsylvania Mountain.

MALT Announces the Conservation of 210 Acres in

Jefferson County!

December 30, 2020

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is pleased to announce the completion of a Conservation Easement on 210 acres in the Kerr Gulch area of Evergreen in Jefferson County. The Conservation Easement is part of the privately-held historic Ralston Ranch and connects to a 40-acre parcel that is also conserved by MALT, creating a 250-acre area of wildlife habitat with limited development. The voluntary land agreement has been designed to prioritize the preservation of scenic views while clustering the building areas to minimize the impact on wildlife. A prominent ridge runs along the north-south axis on the property, a popular path for deer, elk and other local wildlife. In addition, the property contains several acres of wetland habitat in Kerr Gulch that are now permanently protected from future development.

Jeanne Beaudry, MALT’s Executive Director, shared her excitement for this Conservation Easement, stating: “We are grateful to the landowners for this amazing opportunity to conserve a parcel of land this size along the Front Range. The landowners have a strong stewardship ethic and have spent many years improving and protecting the health of this property for the benefit of the local wildlife and the community."

MALT Announces the Conservation of 207 Acres in Park County!

December 29, 2020

MALT is pleased to announce the completion of a Conservation Easement on 207 acres in the Tarryall region of Park County. This Conservation Easement, located just a few miles northwest of Lake George, was generously donated by the Hendershot family that has owned the ranch for several generations. Located within the ranch is the historic ruins of Hayman, a town established in the 1859 Pikes Peak Gold Rush that housed miners set on finding gold and later copper. Once the major gold and copper mines were played out, the town attempted to transition to cattle ranching. By the 1930’s, Hayman was deserted - only a single cabin foundation remains of the once thriving town. The Hendershot Family Ranch is surrounded on three sides by the Pike National Forest and provides excellent wildlife habitat along with scenic views for those recreating on nearby public lands. A majority of the property is a thriving grassland habitat fed by springs and seasonal creeks. Higher up on the slopes are healthy Ponderosa pine and Colorado spruce forests that are estimated to have been undisturbed for over a century. 

MALT Land and Water Conservation Director, Dylan Sondermann, says: “MALT is grateful to the Hendershot family for their generous donation to conservation efforts. Protection of this historic ranch will create a greenway for wildlife to cross between adjacent public lands and prevent further fragmentation of critical habitats.” 

MALT Announces a Conservation Easement in Boulder County

December 17, 2020

MALT is excited to announce the completion of a Conservation Easement along Sunshine Canyon Drive in Boulder County. This Conservation Easement, generously donated by neighboring landowners Bruce Correll and Scott Garen of Sunshine Pointe Conservation LLC, represents MALT’s first Conservation Easement project in Boulder County. Although small in acreage, this Conservation Easement will protect scenic views deemed critical by Boulder County by preventing the future construction of two large homes. The property is on the flanks of Bighorn Mountain Natural Landmark and is within the Sunshine Canyon View Protection Corridor, both of which are considered priority protection areas in the county. In addition, the property protects natural habitat for many wildlife species, most notably protecting nesting sites for the avian rock wren which are frequently observed on the property and are designated a Boulder County Wildlife Species of Special Concern. 

Dylan Sondermann, MALT Land and Water Conservation Specialist, says about the project: “The Sunshine Point Conservation Easement is a perfect example of why a property does not need to be thousands of acres to have value for conservation. This Conservation Easement protects critical habitat for an identified species of concern as well as scenic views that the county deems to be valuable. MALT is grateful to the landowners for this fantastic contribution to conservation!”

MALT Awarded a GOCO/Colorado Youth Corps Grant!

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is pleased to announce that it has received a grant valued at $28,410 from the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)! Crews from the Southwest Conservation Corps will spend three weeks on MALT’s Sacramento Creek Ranch property during the summer of 2021, completing numerous

stewardship projects including fence removal, tent pad construction, forestry management, invasive weed removal, trail maintenance, campsite renovations and outdoor classroom construction.

The Colorado Youth Corps Association shared that 250 Colorado young people will get jobs in 2021 working on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects throughout the state. These projects will enhance Colorado’s trails, parks, open spaces, and wildlife habitat in 21 counties throughout the state. Funds for this project were awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), which receives a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds, to the Colorado Youth Corps Association for use by accredited conservation service corps. 

The goal of the program is to employ youth and young adults throughout the state on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects in partnership with local governments and open space agencies. In June 2020, the GOCO Board announced that GOCO would invest $1,000,000 of funding in conservation service corps projects in 2021. GOCO has approved the disbursement of approximately $500,000 for local governments and $500,000 for open space organizations.

MALT has worked with Colorado Youth Corps Association and the Mile High Corps for trail work at Floyd Hill Open Space. Learn more about that collaboration and the young people who worked on that project, "The Land is a Launching Pad." MALT is grateful for the opportunity to partner with the Southwest Conservation Corps next year to continue to advance it’s stewardship and conservation efforts in this high priority region in Park County. 

MALT Announces the Conservation of 110 Acres!

December 8, 2020

MALT is pleased to announce the completion of a Conservation Easement on the McGrath Family Ranch, a 110-acre property located north of Fairplay adjacent to MALT's property at Sacramento Creek Ranch within MALT’s Red Hill to Hoosier Pass Priority Area!

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program has identified this area as having important biodiversity significance. The Conservation Easement also protects water rights that feed a small seasonal pond and wetlands frequently visited by the local wildlife residents. In addition to the critical biodiversity protection, this Conservation Easement protects scenic qualities of this highly visible property. Residents and visitors to the area will be able to appreciate ‘classic Colorado views’ from Highway 9 and Sacramento Creek Road forever. 

The closing of the McGrath Family Ranch Conservation Easement is the final property to be protected as part of Phase 1 of the Sacramento Creek Project. In total, the first phase of the project has protected 187 acres of the Sacramento Creek Valley and created a wildlife corridor from the peaks of the Mosquito Range to the Middle Fork of the South Platte River. Phase 1 of the Sacramento Creek Project was generously supported by the Park County Land and Water Trust Fund, a county program established in 1998 that “uses revenues derived from a 1% sales tax to preserve, protect, acquire, lease, improve and cover maintenance of water rights, water systems/structures, open space, and wildlife and outdoor recreation resources.”

MALT Awarded a GOCO Grant to Advance Stewardship and Conservation in Park County

Mountain Area Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has received a $129,061 grant award as part of Great Outdoor Colorado’s (GOCO) Resilient Communities program, which helps partners advance outdoor recreation, stewardship, and land protection work. Funded projects respond to one-time, immediate needs or opportunities that have emerged in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic all within the context of GOCO’s five program values: resource conservation, outdoor stewardship, community vitality, equitable access, and youth connections to the outdoors.

MALT’s will use the grant to hire a full time Stewardship Director to address the impacts of increased recreation at Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area, Sacramento Creek Ranch (SCR) and other properties under MALT’s purview. MALT’s public recreation projects have seen a spike in visitation since the pandemic began, resulting in damage to natural resources and fragile ecosystems. The Stewardship Director will also oversee new trail construction in partnership with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado in the coming year, as well as enhance its relationships with area landowners, educational groups, local governments, and its donor base. Additional staff capacity will allow MALT to broaden its conservation portfolio and continue its ongoing efforts to expand high alpine research at SCR.

“MALT is honored and grateful to the Board and Staff of GOCO for the generous grant from the Resilient Communities program to support MALT’s conservation efforts in Park County. MALT’s role in land and water conservation and resource protection is critical to maintaining this region’s rural character and protecting its valuable natural resources, particularly in light of recent tremendous pressures due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ” Jeanne Beaudry, MALT Executive Director.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a constitutional amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 5,300 projects in all 64 counties of Colorado without any tax dollar support. Visit for more information.

MALT Receives Land Manager of the Year Award

In a virtual presentation Thursday, November 12th, Mountain Area Land Trust received the Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado's "Land Manager of the Year" award for the 2020 season. MALT was recognized for the trail work projects on MALT's property at Sacramento Creek Ranch near Fairplay.

"It was a joy to partner with MALT on the Sacramento Creek Ranch project and our staff unanimously agreed MALT should be recognized," said Kate Barrett, Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) Projects Coordinator.

Twenty-five volunteers from VOC kicked off the first of two project weekends on August 21st at Sacramento Creek Ranch to begin work constructing the new trail. A 1.5 mile Sacramento Creek loop trail already existed on the property. Over the weekends of August 21st and 28th volunteers donated 406 hours to build 1.5 miles of new trail through the woods. MALT is grateful for financial support from the South Park National Heritage Area (SPNHA) and Summit Foundation who both provided grant funding to complete the trail building projects. 

Each year, VOC recognizes the outstanding contributions of volunteers and partners at their annual Volunteer Awards & Appreciation Night. In addition to MALT, four individuals and one organization were recognized for their achievements in outdoor stewardship during VOC's PPE (Pandemic Project Era) season.

MALT will be working again with VOC in 2021 to add additional trails at Sacramento Creek Ranch.

MALT Earns Great Nonprofits Badge for 2020

MALT just earned the Great NonProfits 2020 top-rated badge! Yay! Thank you to all of our supporters who think we are great! Great NonProfits is the #1 place for people to share great stories of the amazing work done by nonprofits.

Nearly A Night in the Park July 11, 2020

What a great Saturday night at our "Nearly A Night in the Park" virtual event!

Thank you for going virtual with us to celebrate land and water conservation!

While we wish we could have seen you in person under the big tent, we felt a sense of togetherness and that was wonderful!

Deepest appreciation to everyone for your incredibly generous support.

The MALT Board and Staff

Please Save the Date - A Night in the Park, July 10, 2021! 

Spring News from MALT

Spring Update from the Mountain Area Land Trust

Read MALT's Spring Newsletter here. 

MALT Announces the Conservation of 154 Acres

December 12, 2019 - Evergreen, CO

MALT is excited to announce the closing of a 154-acre Conservation Easement on the Elk Meadow Ranch at Mt. Evans! The property is located within the historic Evans Ranch in MALT's Upper Bear Creek Priority Area. Vance Creek runs through a majority of this scenic property providing for excellent wildlife habitat and a healthy forest ecosystem. Appropriately named, the Elk Meadow Ranch is home to a large herd of elk as well as black bears, mountain lions, deer and a multitude of other wildlife. Elk Meadow Ranch is adjacent to protected lands including the Mount Evans State Wildlife Area and a number of private voluntary land agreements.

MALT Executive Director Jeanne Beaudry said, "To be a part of conserving the last remaining parcel at the base of Mt. Evans, one that is so critically important, has been an honor for Mountain Area Land Trust. This Conservation Easement ensures a legacy for Dave Nelson and his family."

Colorado Gives Day is December 10th - Give Where You Live

Colorado Gives Day is December 10th!

This is what happens when you Give Where You Live:

You are protecting our mountain home! The neighborhoods, towns, majestic mountain peaks, streams, rivers and working ranches that define Colorado and contribute to our way of life.

Thanks to your generosity, MALT will conserve four additional properties this year, bringing our land and water total to nearly 24,000 acres!

Thanks to your support, MALT continues to secure funding and volunteers for additional hiking and biking trails on Floyd Hill Open Space.

With your help, MALT acquired the land and assets of Sacramento Creek Ranch in Fairplay - saving an additional 70 acres of land and water, providing MALT a base of operations in Park County for additional conservation opportunities, and offering facilities and support for continued high altitude scientific research.

The Result: You are helping MALT to ensure a quality of life for generations to come.

CO Gives Day Rally at State Capitol

December 3, 2019 - Colorado State Capitol

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of Colorado Gives Day at the Gives Day rally on the Capitol steps on Tuesday. MALT is grateful to participate in!!! Join us and donate to MALT on December 10th!

#cogivesday #GiveWhereYouLive

From Our Home to Yours | MALT 

November 20, 2019 - Evergreen, CO

Read MALT's Fall newsletter! 

Fall Hiking at Floyd Hill Open Space

October 3, 2019 - Floyd Hill Open Space

Join Mountain Area Land Trust for a hike Wednesday, June 12th - 9:30 a.m.

Floyd Hill Open Space, Evergreen, CO

Learn about MALT’s work on Floyd Hill Open Space and hike the new trails with MALT staff!

After the hike, join us for a dutch treat lunch at Evergreen Brewery!

Please RSVP by June 7th to:

[email protected] or call 303-679-0950.

Learn more about the Floyd Hill Open Space public project

MALT Announces the Conservation of 41 Acres! 

September 10, 2019 - Evergreen, CO

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is pleased to announce the closing of a Conservation Easement on 41 acres located near Kittredge, Colorado.

The 41-acre property was initially donated to Mountain Area Land Trust by Robert Meade in 2017. The placement of a Conservation Easement on this property will forever protect the scenic ridgeline, open meadows and forested wildlife habitat that Mr. Meade worked so hard to preserve. With a Conservation Easement limiting future development a select site, the wildlife habitat, natural plant communities and open space of the property are now protected for the benefit of current and future generations of residents and visitors, alike.

MALT Sets Date for Summer Fundraiser

September 3, 2019 -

It's not too early to put A Night in the Park on your calendar! Please plan to join MALT for a fun filled evening celebrating land and water conservation on July 11, 2020!

Former Denver Bronco and author, Reggie Rivers will once again be serving as MALT's evening emcee and auctioneer, bringing his energetic and entertaining style! “Highly addictive & absolutely contagious” describes Dakota Blonde's music - a favorite band of A Night in the Park! Fresh Tracks Foods & Catering will provide our delicious dinner, locally sourced and seasonally fresh! And of course, fabulous auction items add to the merriment!

Hosted bar, hors d'oeuvres, silent and live auctions, catered dinner, and live music all add up to a memorable evening! Tickets will be available in early 2020.  

Saturday, July 11th, 6 p.m. | Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park | Evergreen CO

Proceeds benefit the conservation work of the Mountain Area Land Trust. Sponsorship opportunities available.

Fall Hiking on the Pika Trail

August 21, 2019 - Fairplay, CO

Join the Mountain Area Land Trust for a hike on the Pika Trail at MALT's property in Fairplay!

Thursday, Sept. 12th - 9:30 a.m.

Learn about MALT’s work on Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area and hike the Pika Trail with MALT staff! Bring your lunch and join us back at Sacramento Creek Ranch after the hike for a tour of our newest acquisition! Please RSVP by Sept. 5th to: [email protected] or call 303-679-0950.

Learn more about Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area and Sacramento Creek Ranch

Where Your Story Meets Ours - The Land is a Launching Pad

June 18, 2019 - Floyd Hill Open Space, Clear Creek County

The Land is a Launching Pad

Crew leader Mikala starts her work day early - meeting her team at the Mile High Youth Corps (MHYC) headquarters in Denver by 6:45 am. After loading the van with water, tools, safety gear and food, Mikala and the crew head to Floyd Hill Open Space in Clear Creek County.

The crew members working on Floyd Hill Open Space for three weeks this summer are a diverse group of young adults who hail from around the country, and even the world. Team members join the Youth Corps for a variety of reasons. Victoria, originally from Alabama by way of Portland, Oregon had prior experience working on a farm, and knew that she wanted a job where she could work outdoors, and not feel "so cooped up." Read the full story here

A New Home for the Mountain Area Land Trust

June 13, 2019 - Evergreen, CO

Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) is pleased to announce the closing on an office condominium unit in the “Nob Hill” building located near I-70 and Evergreen Parkway. In 2018 with the unanimous support of its Board of Directors, MALT began a search for a permanent headquarters in Evergreen. After considerable discussion and careful financial analysis, the board decided that owning a home is critical to MALT’s long term success and sustainability. The building has great visibility that will enhance MALT’s recognition within the community.

MALT anticipates using its new permanent office headquarters to host a variety of future events, including fundraisers, community outreach and education opportunities and board meetings. MALT’s new home will provide long term financial sustainability for MALT to fulfill its mission for land and water conservation into perpetuity.

Support MALT’s Capital Campaign for our new headquarters! Your donation will help us to ensure that Colorado’s beautiful mountains, streams and rivers and historic lands are protected in perpetuity. Thanks to generous gifts from many dedicated MALT friends we are well on our way to reaching our fundraising goals, but we need your help to finish our campaign! Contact MALT Development Director Lynn Caligiuri at [email protected] or Board Member and Capital Campaign Chair Rod Morgan at [email protected] for more details on how you can support MALT's ownership of a permanent home.

We anticipate moving later in the summer and look forward to welcoming you to our new home!

Let's Go Hiking at Floyd Hill Open Space!

June 3, 2019, Evergreen, CO

Join Mountain Area Land Trust for a hike Wednesday, June 12th - 9:30 a.m.

Floyd Hill Open Space, Evergreen, CO

Learn about MALT’s work on Floyd Hill Open Space and hike the new trails with MALT staff!

After the hike, join us for a dutch treat lunch at Evergreen Brewery!

Please RSVP by June 7th to:

[email protected] or call 303-679-0950.

Learn more about the Floyd Hill Open Space public project. 

What's Blooming? MALT Spring Newsletter

April 19, 2019, Evergreen CO

Check out MALT's latest Spring News! Read it here!

MALT Receives GOCO Grant

March 2019 - Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) have chosen MALT's project at Floyd Hill Open Space to receive three weeks of work from the Mile High Youth Corps! The project will be completed in 2019.

Funds for this project were awarded by Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), which receives a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds, to the Colorado Youth Corps Association for use by accredited youth corps. The goal of the program is to employ youth and young adults throughout the state on critical outdoor recreation and land conservation projects in partnership with local governments and open space agencies.

Learn more about Floyd Hill Open Space.

Where Your Story Meet Ours - Sharing life, love and laughter

February 14, 2019, Evergreen, CO

Sharing life, love and laughter

It's Valentine's Day, and love is in the air in Evergreen, Colorado!

Les Sweeney recalls the day nearly 30 years ago he met Sarah Ewy in Alexandria, Virginia, a striking brunette who happened to be wearing a chewed up shoe. Sarah laughs, saying "I had a nice pair of Topsiders and a chocolate Labrador puppy!"

Read the complete story here

MALT Sets Date for A Night in the Park 2019

Save Saturday July 13th, 2019 and plan to join us for an evening of fun at A Night in the Park! Reggie Rivers will be joining us for our third year. You saw him in Evergreen first with MALT! Tickets will go on sale early spring. 

Research at Pennsylvania Mountain featured in Yale Climate Connections

Fairplay, CO September 12, 2018

Research conducted on MALT's property at Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area is featured in this article in the Yale Climate Connections. Read the full article.

Summer Trail Building at Floyd Hill Open Space

Evergreen, CO June 1, 2018

MALT is delighted to once again be working with Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC) this summer on Floyd Hill Open Space trail building projects! VOC partnered with MALT in 2015 and 2016 to create and build the Pika Trail at Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area.

Thanks to Clear Creek and Jefferson County open space programs and The Trust for Public Land, a significant portion of Floyd Hill is open to the public and with these projects will eventually offer a number of hiking and biking trails. 

VOC has been motivating and enabling people to become active stewards of Colorado's natural resources since 1984. VOC says, "By breaking ground on a new trail in Floyd Hill Open Space, volunteers will contribute to the development of an expansive trail system that will ultimately provide miles of hiking and mountain biking opportunities for residents and visitors alike." The first of three volunteer project dates will be on National Get Outdoors Day followed by dates in July and August.

June 9, 2018

Sign up to celebrate Get Outdoors Day with the first of three Floyd Hill trail building projects; for volunteers ages 12+.

July 7, 2018

Girl Power! Sign up for this Women Only trail building experience on Floyd Hill; for women and girls ages 12+. Registration will open June 1.

August 25, 2018

Celebrate the completion of our Floyd Hill Trail Construction Series with a post-project happy hour sponsored by Colorado Native. Registration will open June 1.

MALT Receives Renewal of Accreditation

Evergreen, CO (Feb. 28, 2018)

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission recently awarded the renewed accreditation to the Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) recognizing MALT’s commitment to professional excellence and to maintaining the public’s trust in its conservation work.

“The accreditation seal is a mark of excellence. We are so proud as an organization to have achieved this high standard,” said Jeanne Beaudry, MALT’s Executive Director. Mountain Area Land Trust had to provide extensive documentation and undergo a comprehensive review as part of its accreditation renewal.

Accredited land trusts must renew every five years, confirming their compliance with national quality standards and providing continued assurance to donors and landowners of their commitment to forever steward their land and easements. Almost 20 million acres of farms, forests and natural areas vital to healthy communities are now permanently conserved by an accredited land trust.

MALT Nominated for Chamber Award

Evergreen, CO February 23, 2018.

The Evergreen Area Chamber of Commerce and Leadership Evergreen join together to recognize their best! MALT is proud to be nominated for the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year Award!  

Save the Date for MALT's summer celebration

The 16th annual A Night in the Park will be held on July 14, 2018 at Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park. Celebrating the 26 years of land and water conservation, this festive evening will feature a hosted bar, auctions, live music and catered dinner. Former Bronco and author, Reggie Rivers will once again emcee and host the event with catering provided by Fresh Tracks Foods & Catering and music with Dakota Blonde. Plan to join MALT for this fun evening! 

MALT Receives Largest Gift in Organization’s History

MALT Receives Largest Gift in Organization’s History

Evergreen, CO (Dec. 14, 2017) – For the first time in Mountain Area Land Trust’s (MALT) 25 year history, a parcel of land has been donated to the organization. Local Evergreen resident, Bob Meade has donated his property located near Kittredge that he and his late wife Mereth have owned since 1980.

“I feel relief, and I feel a little sad. But if you can’t get out and take care of it, it’s time to pass it on. At my age, you have to give stuff away that you’re done with. It was a wonderful three and a half decades of being a forester, but I’m not a forester anymore. It’s a piece of luck to be able to give this land to MALT and turn my back and walk away – wow. There is nobody better to take care of it than MALT.” said Meade.

MALT Executive Director, Jeanne Beaudry said, “What a gift and legacy Bob has left to MALT. We are truly humbled and grateful by his generous donation. This is the largest donation that MALT has received since the organization’s founding in 1992.” As a member of MALT’s Vista Giving Circle, Bob has been planning this land donation to MALT for many years. Vista Giving Circle donors are supporters who plan on leaving a gift to MALT (either financial, land or both) in their will or estate plans.

Bob and Mereth enjoyed the property together for many years, and in 1996 when Bob retired from the United States Geological Survey, he embarked on a retirement project, taking on his first ten year forest management plan with the help and guidance of the Colorado State Foresty Service.

Fast forward to 2017, and Bob is still working on his land, having just completed his final 20 year forest management plan –or as Bob likes to call it, his “health club.” Bob lost his wife Mereth in May of 2013 but continued to work on his land sharing that it has always been a source of physical, mental and spiritual health for him.

“The way you learn to love children is to take care of them, and it’s the same with the landscape, said Meade, “You put yourself into it. I think Robert Frost said it best: The land was ours before we were the land's.”

MALT Applies for Renewal of Accreditation

Stakeholder Notification/Public Notice

The land trust accreditation program recognizes land conservation organizations that meet national quality standards for protecting important natural places and working lands forever. The Mountain Area Land Trust is pleased to announce it is applying for renewal of accreditation. A public comment period is now open.

The Land Trust Accreditation Commission, an independent program of the Land Trust Alliance, conducts an extensive review of each applicant’s policies and programs. The Commission invites public input and accepts signed, written comments on pending applications. Comments must relate to how the Mountain Area Land Trust complies with national quality standards. These standards address the ethical and technical operation of a land trust. For the full list of standards see

To learn more about the accreditation program and to submit a comment, visit, or email your comment [email protected] Comments may also be faxed or mailed to the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, Attn: Public Comments: (fax) 518-587-3183; (mail) 36 Phila Street, Suite 2, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866.

Comments on the Mountain Area Land Trust’s application will be most useful by July 20, 2017.

MALT and Our Partners Awarded GOCO Grant!  

MALT has been the driving force behind the North Floyd Hill Public Project and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) awarded MALT, The Trust for Public Land and its Partners a $545,000 GOCO grant to complete this $1,057,500 purchase!

This 108 acre property will be co-owned by Clear Creek County and Jefferson County who are also providing funding the purchase. A Conservation Easement will be held by MALT which will permanently protect this property. Located about 25 minutes from Denver on North Floyd Hill, this property is highly visible from I-70 and will provide convenient access to over 12,000 acres of public land to hikers and cyclists.

Over the last several months, MALT’s Executive Director, Jeanne Beaudry, has built successful partnerships with local governments and non-profits that have made the North Floyd Hill Public Project possible. MALT has teamed up with Clear Creek County Open Space, Jefferson County Open Space and The Trust for Public Land to provide partial funds for this acquisition and to apply to Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) for the final funding required to purchase the property at fair market value. In October, GOCO staff recommended this project to be funded and final approval by the GOCO Board was awarded on Wednesday, December 8, 2016. 

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This property is within Clear Creek County, yet Jefferson County is committed to this acquisition as it will allow outdoor recreationists to conveniently access over 12,000 acres of public land from I-70, much of which is within Jefferson County. This will mark the first time that Jefferson County has acquired Open Space outside of their County boundary. Additionally, a Conservation Easement on this property, held by MALT, will ensure public access and restrict development in perpetuity. Highly visible from the I-70 corridor, this property will soon be a destination for hikers and mountain bikers looking for mountainous terrain close to home. Keep an eye out for upcoming volunteer trail building opportunities!

A Night in the Park Date Set for July 15, 2017

MALT has announced that the 15th annual A Night in the Park will be held on July 15, 2017 at Alderfer Three Sisters Open Space Park. Celebrating the 25 years of land and water conservation, this festive evening will feature a hosted bar, auctions, live music and catered dinner.

Save the date and plan to join us!

Two of MALT's founders inducted in Jeffco Hall of Fame

August 30, 2016 - Two of MALT's founders, Sylvia Brockner and Dan Pike, were inducted into Jefferson County Hall of Fame on August 24, 2016. Both were praised for their involvement, dedication and conservation leadership in Jefferson County. Executive Director, Jeanne Beaudry and Development Director Lynn Caligiuri attended the ceremony as well as other MALT supporters.

Read more in the Evergreen Canyon Courier and Photos courtesy of Linda Kirkpatrick

June 16, 2016 100 Holes of Golf - Evergreen CO

Zany, wacky and lots of fun all describe 100 Holes of Golf event at the Evergreen Golf Course on Thursday, June 16. Team MALT spent a beautiful morning "golfing" to raise over $8,000 for land and water conservation! Thank you to our team captain Pandora Erlandson and our mighty golfing team: Jim Davis (100 Holes of Golf founder), Rod Morgan, John Greene, Tammy Laushey, Dr. Anne McLean, Tony McEahern and Jim Thomas cheered on by MALT Development Director Lynn Caligiuri and Communications Director, Linda Besler. 

MALT Executive Director Profiled in Just Around Here

Executive Director Jeanne Beaudry was featured in the March 29, 2016 edition of in the Nice to Know You profile. Read about Jeanne's fascinating journey here

Mountain Area Land Trust featured in Canyon Courier

MALT was featured in a January 19, 2016 article in the Canyon Courier, In case you missed this article,

Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area Bees in Science Magazine

Fascinating article in September's Science Magazine regarding the bumblebee research conducted at MALT's property at Pennsylvania Mountain Natural Area co-authored by MALT Ambassador Dr. Candace Galen and MALT Penn Mtn Research Intern Elizabeth Hedrick is creating a buzz in the world-wide media. Please find the article published here, and additional coverage here,

More here.

Good News! Conservation Easement Tax Credit Bill passes 

Senate Bill 206 passes and his signed by the Governor on Thursday June 4! Effective January 1, 2015, the Colorado individual Conservation Easement tax credit formula is 75% of the first $100,000 donated value and 50% of any remaining donation up to a total possible credit of $1.5 million. This is a significant increase from the prior formula of 50% of the donated value of the conservation easement up to a $375,000 credit. Read the final bill here.

Special thank you to Rep. Jon Keyser from House District 25 for co-sponsoring this bipartisan bill.

Are you a landowner or know someone who might be interested in conserving their land?

Contact MALT to discuss this exciting opportunity, [email protected] or 303-679-0950.

Governor Hickenlooper, Jeanne Beaudry MALT Executive Director and House Representative 25 Jon Keyser at the bill signing. 

Support MALT while you shop!

When you shop with Amazon, you can do your shopping and support MALT at the same time! MALT is participating with the AmazonSmile Foundation, who will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to Mountain Area Land Trust. Just shop at instead of the Amazon website to make your purchases. You can use your existing Amazon username and password to log-in and the websites are identical. The first time you log-in, you will be prompted to select a charitable organization you want to support. Search for Mountain Area Land Trust and select it. From this point, every time you make a purchase MALT will benefit!