ESTES VALLEY LAND TRUST - PRESERVING LAND FOREVER
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… READ MORE
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… READ MORE
As of January 2017 approximately 9,700 acres are under protection through 164 conservation easements with the Estes Valley Land Trust… READ MORE
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… READ MORE
We’re Celebrating YOU, So Join Us!
The Estes Valley Land Trust turns 30 this year and we’re throwing a party!
The key to our success is YOU, our members. Your love for open space and the generous support you provide the land trust for the past 30 years is inspiring. We want to thank you with a good ‘ole fashioned bar-b-que.
Please join us Saturday, August 12 at the O’Connor Picnic Pavilion on Fish Hatchery Road. Reservations are required, because we’re expecting a BIG crowd. Please RSVP by July 29 by contacting the land trust office at 970-577-6837 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reservations are just $5 per person and kids 8 and under are free.
We’d love to see and thank you at the Woo-Hoo! It’s a Bar-B-Que!
Summer Breakfasts, New Trails and More
This summer’s going to be great!
Check out our newsletter for information about two breakfasts, a HUGE (and affordable) bar-b-que and details about the valley’s newest hiking and biking trails.
Click here to see and read the new EVLT newsletter. Hope to see you on the trail or at one of our special events..
Crownover Conservation Easement Forged from 40-year Friendship
Estes Valley Land Trust is pleased to announce that it has closed on a second newly conserved property in late 2016. The Crownover Conservation Easement, located on Jacob Road near Little Valley, has been forty years in the making.
Leo Weber, Estes Valley Land Trust Vice President, first met Norris and Judy Crownover in 1976, as a young woodworker. “Norris was gracious and shared his cabin with me,” Weber said.
“I was a young guy and had just moved to Estes Park. I was living out of a van and Norris offered to let me stay in his cabin,” recalled Weber. “I couldn’t pass up the offer.”
Now the cabin, and the forty acres on which it sits, are permanently protected with a conservation easement held by the Estes Valley Land Trust. The easement closed on December 9, 2016.
The Crownover Conservation Easement has dramatic views into the East Fork of Fish Creek and Little Valley. Also it can be seen from prominent recreational areas, including Twin Sisters Peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park, The Crags, and Kruger Rock in Hermit Park Open Space.
Additional Land at Elk Park Ranch Conserved!
Another portion of historic Elk Park Ranch, a large, intact working ranch in the valley east of Twin Sisters Peaks, is protected forever, through a conservation easement held by the Estes Valley Land Trust.
The land trust closed on the new 35-acre conservation easement on November 22nd.
Elk Park Ranch was established in the late 1800s and has been owned by members of the Smitherman family since the 1960s. Since 1998, the land trust has worked with the Smithermans to protect more than 1,200 acres of the original ranch.
Donna Ellis, the daughter of Don and Ruth Smitherman and current Elk Park Ranch owner, expressed her gratitude to the Estes Valley Land Trust for protecting what she loves about the ranch: the incredible natural beauty. “Working with the Estes Valley Land Trust has allowed me to keep the ranch intact and in the family, while preserving its beauty and wildness,” Ms. Ellis said.