For generations, people have recognized that there is something special in the Estes Valley…The core purpose of Estes Valley Land Trust is to preserve that special quality…
The landscape in which we live is an invaluable, non-renewable resource…The pressure from population growth and human development over the last quarter century has been relentless and will continue…
As of July 2013 approximately 9,600 acres are under protection through 159 conservation easements with the Estes Valley Land Trust.
Preservation happens one piece at a time…one decision at a time…one commitment at a time. Our goals of land conservation can only be reached through the combined efforts the entire community of people who love the Estes Valley.
Reflections on a Flood
What we call a “natural” disaster occurred in September. The Board of Directors and Staff of Estes Valley Land Trust (EVLT) are saddened by the destruction this powerful event caused in the lives of our valley’s residents. Not only did the tragedy rearrange human life, it changed the landscape, it moved the rivers, and it even altered the expansive views of the distant horizon.
For conservationists, the disaster presents a unique challenge. EVLT, along with its 160 public and private owners of conserved land, works to protect open space, valleys, wildlife habitat, wetlands, and streams. Having set aside almost 10,000 acres in the Estes Valley, EVLT’s mission is to guard those lands “in perpetuity” from development and change.
But after a natural disaster, what once was a pristine mountainside now must have access for a public road. What once was lovely meadow and wildlife habitat is now a lake or a new riverbed. The riverbed has broadened, carelessly depositing rock and debris at random on the forest floor. The gorgeous private nook, where fish always lingered and time stood still, is gone forever...