Rossi Ranch: “Devil’s Grave” Conserved – 840 Newly Protected Acres Along Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway!

    YVLT is thrilled to announce that its latest conservation project has been finalized: 840 acres of open rangeland along the picturesque Flat Tops Trail Scenic Byway. “Rossi Ranch: Devil’s Grave“ is a working ranch parcel owned by brothers Dean Rossi and Jim Rossi that sits in an agricultural corridor of South Routt County.  […]

YVLT in the News: Recapping Conservation Successes of 2016

Routt County’s ranch preservation program closes in on 50,000 acres conserved By Tom Ross, Steamboat Pilot & Today (February 7, 2017) Steamboat Springs — Routt County’s tradition of leveraging dedicated tax dollars to conserve working agricultural landscapes was nearing a landmark as 2017 began, and with the closing of another five pending conservation easements this […]

“Hard-Won Open Space”: Acclaimed Author Praises Local Conservation Efforts

  Nationally-renowned author Terry Tempest Williams visited Steamboat Springs last year and came away impressed by the scope of land conservation in the Yampa Valley. “I really have to honor this community,” Tempest Williams emphasized.  “Coming into this valley, you know that this open space is hard-won.” Terry Tempest Williams has published a number of […]

Smart Spending: Land Conservation Nets a $6 Return on Every $1 Spent in Colorado!

  We have always  known that land conservation is a smart long-term investment for any community, but research has confirmed that it also provides incredible economic value to the people of Colorado!  While we feel that it’s difficult to put a price tag on nature, wildlife, and aesthetic beauty, the methodology described below helps to […]

Global Wildlife Populations Plummeting, New Study Warns

  Wildlife enthusiasts received discouraging news when a recent study concluded that our planet has lost more than half of its wildlife population since 1970, and it’s on course to lose 67 percent by 2020.   Repeat:  Earth has lost 58% of its wildlife in the last 46 years.   The jaw-dropping report, published by […]