About YVLT

Mission Statement

Yampa Valley Land Trust is dedicated to the conservation and stewardship of open, scenic, agricultural and recreational lands, including their natural habitats, to the benefit of Northwest Colorado communities for current and future generations.


Wendy Reynolds:  Executive Director

Ryan Gelling:  Conservation Associate

Bryce Hinchman:  Conservation Associate

Board of Directors

Bruce G. Allbright:  President

Adonna Allen:  Secretary

Orlando R. Gonzรกlez:  Director

Robert E. King:  Director

Peter Kurtz:  Director

Founded in 1992, Yampa Valley Land Trust is a nonprofit land conservation organization based in Steamboat Springs that works exclusively in Northwest Colorado.

YVLT partners with willing landowners to secure conservation easements which permanently protect scenic landscapes, river corridors, species-rich wildlife habitat, open and productive ranchland, and other privately and publicly-owned open land resources throughout the Yampa River Valley and Northwest Colorado. 

The organization also collaborates with other community leaders to open new areas featuring public access to recreation – helping to quench people’s thirst for hiking, biking, fishing, watching wildlife, and adventure.  This includes portions of Howelsen Hill and Emerald Mountain, the backdrop and “crown jewel” of Steamboat Springs, as well as various access public access points to the Yampa River.

YVLT’s conservation projects provide an immeasurable lasting benefit to the community – including its residents, businesses, second homeowners, and the estimated 600,000 to a million people who visit Steamboat Springs and its surroundings every year.  This work is on display 24/7, 365 days a year, and is free of charge to its countless beneficiaries.

Where We Work

Yampa Valley Land Trust has conservation projects throughout Northwest Colorado in Routt, Moffat, Jackson, and Rio Blanco Counties, with a focus on the Upper Yampa River Basin and the Upper White River Basin.  To date, YVLT has permanently protected 56,130 acres in 76 conservation easement transactions.

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