Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT) based in Evergreen, Colorado was founded in 1992 and in 2017 celebrated its 25th anniversary of land and water conservation. The mission of MALT 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 serves a 4,290 square-mile area in Colorado, roughly the size of Connecticut, which encompasses six counties including Clear Creek, Park, Gilpin, Teller and the mountainous regions of Boulder and Jefferson.
MALT’s major program areas include: (1) Conservation Easements; (2) Land Stewardship; and (3) Outreach and Education. MALT continues to grow voluntary land conservation agreements with both individuals and non-profit organizations thereby increasing MALT’s conservation impact. Currently MALT holds 78 conservation easements. In addition, MALT pursues public projects that allow for new hiking, biking trails and outdoor recreation opportunities that provide access to thousands of acres of previously inaccessible public lands. MALT spearheads public projects and coordinates the participation of partners to pool resources and facilitate land purchases. The organization realized a major collaborative successin 2016 through a partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado, Trust for Public Land, Clear Creek County Open Space and Jefferson County Open Space. MALT negotiated the purchase of 108 acres, now called Floyd Hill Open Space, with the intention of developing a new public hiking and biking trail that will connect to a network of existing and future trails traversing 12,000 acres of previously inaccessible areas. MALT’s role as a leader in collaborative public projects provides more conservation for more people.