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Estes Valley Land Trust Announces New Office Location

The Estes Valley Land Trust is pleased to announce a new office location. A community open house is scheduled for Thursday, March 3rd from 4 to 7 p.m.

The public and all Estes Valley Land Trust friends and members are invited to join in the celebration. Stop by to see the new facilities, enjoy a snack and beverage, greet board members and staff, and learn about the conservation efforts of the Land Trust. The new location is just east of S. St. Vrain Avenue (Hwy. 7) on Woodstock Drive. The address is 1191 Woodstock Drive, Suite 5.

Founded in May 1987 the Estes Valley Land Trust has been growing – pursuing its mission of preserving and protecting open space, valleys, wetlands, streams, ranch lands, and wildlife habitat in the Estes Valley and surrounding area.

For most of its 23 year history, the Land Trust relied on an active working Board of Directors for its accomplishments. The successes of the early working board were incredible. Donated conversation easements, created to protect land from development forever, increased maintenance requirements and necessitated the first paid staff member and small, 400-square-foot office space beginning in the summer 2007.

Significant growth has continued since 2007 with another 16 easements (an additional 2,000 acres) placed in conservation. In 2008 the Land Trust also became part of a very prestigious group, one of only 39 land trusts nationwide to first be awarded national accreditation by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.

Today the Estes Valley Land Trust is responsible for 155 conservation easements constituting over 9,200 acres of open space in the Estes Valley. Whether you’ve been out hiking in areas around Estes Park or were just enjoying a cup of coffee in the downtown area, you’ve probably delighted in one or more of the beautiful vistas provided by these open spaces held in conservation.

Fortunately the Board, volunteer committee members and a corps of 80 monitor volunteers have grown with the organization to assure that all current and future easement are protected in perpetuity from development as stipulated in the original easement documents.

To guarantee that future responsibilities could be fulfilled, the Land Trust Board recognized in 2010 the need to add another part-time staff member and increase office space. The move to the new office was completed in January, thanks to the efforts of staff, board and volunteers.

The Estes Valley Land Trust would like to invite the community to help celebrate its past success and the opening of its new location. Join us beginning at 4:00 p.m. on March 3. There will be opportunity to learn more about the nature of a conservation easement, pinpoint on the map all the open spaces already protected for the future in the Estes Valley, meet those involved in this effort, sign up for membership, and enjoy some treats with friends and neighbors. Hope to see you there.

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