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.
Ryan Gelling: Conservation Associate
Ryan holds Master’s degree from the Vermont Law School (Master of Environmental Law and Policy Program) and has been with Yampa Valley Land Trust since 2011. He is also the caretaker of YVLT’s 250-acre Rehder Ranch Nature Preserve in Pleasant Valley.
Bryce Hinchman: Conservation Associate
Bryce received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oregon School of Law (Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program) and is a member of the Colorado Bar Association. Bryce has been with Yampa Valley Land Trust since 2014.
Board of Directors
Bruce G. Allbright: President
Bruce is the founder of Allbright Cotton in Fresno, CA, and has been a year-round resident of Steamboat since 2010. Bruce and his wife generously donated Allbright Family Auditorium to CMC’s Alpine Campus, a testament to their dedication to improving the Steamboat community.
Adonna Allen: Secretary
Adonna is the President of Alpine Bank in Steamboat. She was born and raised on Rocking C Bar Ranch in Routt County. Adonna has earned numerous accolades for her community involvement in Steamboat Springs, most recently the 2017 Navigator Award for “Business Leader of the Year.”
Orlando R. González: Director
Orlando is the President of Milagro Empreendimentos, a company focused on agribusiness; mainly cattle and sugar cane, real estate ventures, and power sector investments. Orlando and his wife Angela split their time between Brazil and their home in Routt County.
Robert E. King: Director
Robert is Vice Chairman of Rasmussen, Inc. and has been involved with the conservation of wildlife and wildlands in Africa for over 20 years through the African Wildlife Foundation, where he has served as a Trustee.
Peter Kurtz: Director
Peter is a fifth generation Coloradoan who was born and raised in Grant Junction. With previous experience in the lumber, retail and real estate businesses, Peter and his family have operated their horse, cattle and hay ranch in the Elk River Valley for the past 40 years. He has an abiding interest in protecting agricultural and open lands, and in the year 2000 Peter placed a conservation easement on his own property with YVLT.
Nick Metzler: Director
Nick is Broker-Owner of Colorado Group Realty in Steamboat. He has been a realtor in Steamboat Springs for over 20 years, earning a “Realtor of the Year” award. Nick has served as a board member for Community Agriculture Alliance and the Steamboat Springs Board of Education, as well as President of the Steamboat Springs Board of Realtors.
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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