Spring 2024 Newsletter

Spring 2024 Newsletter

A Note from Lynn Caligiuri, MALT Executive Director

Happy Spring MALT Friends!

While there are still some lingering snowy patches dotting the landscape, we know that green grass, wildflowers, and warmer temperatures are just around the corner!

We’re looking forward to a wonderful season ahead – a season of many land and water conservation projects, landowner stewardship visits, hikes, and educational workshops!

MALT is privileged to have worked with more than 100 landowners protecting nearly 27,000 acres over the past three decades to permanently conserve historic land, water, and wildlife corridors.

And equally important, we are working to ensure that future generations are stewards of the land by connecting people to the places and things that touch their hearts and minds.

Nothing that MALT has accomplished, and continues to achieve, would be possible without your generous commitment to land and water conservation. Investing in MALT’s work today plants the seeds for Colorado’s tomorrow – a future of unimpeded mountain views, clean air and water, thriving wildlife, and permanently protected open spaces.

We would love to connect with you in 2024! Please join us at some of our upcoming events and consider a gift to MALT, ensuring a legacy of land, water, wildlife, and a way of life for future generations.

Together, we’re saving the land, leaving a legacy, and making powerful connections along the way!

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Clean Energy Partnership
Windmill at Sacramento Creek Ranch

In March, Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) was honored to receive a grant award from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) to provide technical assistance for MALT’s energy technology systems at Sacramento Creek Ranch (SCR) in Fairplay.

When it was built, SCR incorporated a complex and cutting-edge network of renewable energy systems, including solar panels, geothermal technology, wind power, battery storage and hydropower.  As the systems have aged and technology has changed, MALT needs assistance in making updates and repairs to the energy grid.

Thanks to funding through the U.S. Department of Energy “Clean Energy to Communities (C2C)” program, NREL will provide an in-depth technical partnership with MALT to assess its clean energy systems.  MALT’s goal – with NREL’s support – is to gain an understanding of the innerworkings of its renewable capabilities and enhance the systems to be updated, repaired and fully functional.  The SCR renewable energy systems will then be incorporated into education and outreach programs to demonstrate the importance of sustainable resources and how clean energy works hand in hand with conservation.

MALT is grateful for NREL’s C2C grant support!

Experience The Magic
A Night In The Meadow graphic with sunny flower meadow photo.

Experience an evening of magic, while supporting your favorite nonprofit, MALT! Tickets are now on sale for A Night of Magic In The Meadow, our annual gala, on June 22, 2024 from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. at a new venue overlooking Meyer Ranch Park in Conifer! We expect this event to sell out!

Buy tickets today!

BGV Gives To Build Demonstration Garden

MALT is pleased to have been awarded a grant from Breckenridge Grand Vacations – BGV Gives to create a high-altitude alpine demonstration plant garden at Sacramento Creek Ranch (SCR). The garden will feature more than 25 high alpine, native plants and wildflowers, along with educational interpretive signage highlighting the biodiversity, botany, and growing environment for plants.

Read more about the garden.

We Need Your Help Saving Floyd Hill Meadow!

We are halfway towards the goal of raising $50,000, which will allow MALT to conserve this area forever! We need the support of the community to raise the final $25,000. Now through July 2024, a few generous neighbors are matching every donation received, dollar-for-dollar, up to $3,500! Please consider a gift today to ensure that this area is conserved forever.

Read more about Floyd Hill Meadow.

Together, Let’s Keep Gaining Ground

Every few minutes, the American West loses a football field worth of natural area to human development. From wildlife habitat and wetlands to working family ranches and historic lands, MALT protects Colorado’s beautiful natural areas by partnering with landowners who wish to voluntarily protect their property – forever. Please call (303) 679-0950 to explore whether a Conservation Easement is right for you.

Learn more about Conservation Easements.

Park County Students Study Science, Snow and Seasonal Wonders at Sacramento Creek Ranch

Snow School is a partnership between Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT), Mosquito Range Heritage Initiative (MRHI), and Park County School District to introduce local elementary-aged students to the magic of winter in their own community.

Over the past few months, students have made weekly visits to Sacramento Creek Ranch (SCR) in Fairplay to experience this winter wonderland.

At Snow School, students are given the opportunity to use thermometers and scientific instruments to measure, collect and study snow. Students are also enjoying snowshoeing, and for many, it’s their first time. They observe the winter landscape, identify animal tracks and scat, and explore how wind and temperature shape the snow.

It is widely recognized that the benefits of outdoor play and exploration have positive effects on a child’s overall health, creativity, focus, emotional development, cognitive development, motor skills and independence.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this educational experience,” MALT Executive Director Lynn Caligiuri shares. “It’s exciting to see the kids connect with the land and we hope these experiences instill in them a passion for nature and protecting the places they love.

Consider A Planned Gift – Leave A Legacy

Planned giving is an important way to leave a lasting legacy that future generations will forever enjoy. To support donors that desire to include MALT in their Will or Estate Plan, MALT has created an exclusive group coined the Vista Giving Circle. Vista Giving Circle members receive special recognition and invitations to exclusive MALT activities.

Learn more about planned giving.

K-12 Educators To Expand Knowledge with Biology, Ecology and Water Restoration

This summer, Colorado Open Lands and Mountain Area Land Trust are teaming up to host a workshop for local K-12 educators in Park County and surrounding areas.

During the three-day session, educators will participate in field-based discussions led by experts in wildlife biology, forest ecology, and water systems/restoration. Teachers will then work with facilitators to create grade-level appropriate lesson plans that explore natural processes, meet state standards, and emphasize connecting youth to nature and conservation. Teachers also earn one semester hour of graduate re-licensure credit from the Colorado School of Mines.

This workshop is held at Sacramento Creek Ranch. This 71-acre property was conserved in 2020 and features many nature trails, beaver ponds and a variety of wildlife. It is recognized as a premier high alpine outdoor educational hub among researchers and educators.

Registration opened on April 19, 2024!  If you are an educator interested in learning more about this opportunity, please contact MALT at malt@savetheland.org.

Tales from Sacramento Creek Ranch

Conservation Legacy Fellow Jeff Jordan has been busy documenting his experiences in his blog, Tales from Sacramento Creek Ranch. Please visit MALT’s website to follow Jeff’s adventures and observations from life at 10,200 feet!

Read Jeff’s tales here.

Upcoming Events

Volunteers Wanted! Floyd Hill Meadow Clean Up

Monday, June 3
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Birding Workshops at Sacramento Creek Ranch

Saturday, June 8, July 13, 10
7:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Beaver Brook Watershed History and Conservation Hike

Thursday, August 8
9:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Leaf Peeping at Sacramento Creek Ranch

Friday, September 20
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Flying J Ranch History and Conservation Hike

Thursday, October 3
9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Thanks for Joining Us at Recent MALT Events

Wildcrafting Workshop

Solar Eclipse Watch Party at Floyd Hill Meadow

FULL Circle Film Screening with Guest Jennifer Corbet

Conservation In The West Trends with Lori Weigel, New Bridge Strategy