YVLT Has a New Sign

You may have noticed something different about the YVLT office on the corner of 12th and Lincoln Avenue this week – we installed a hanging sign featuring our new logo!

Our updated logo was designed by local artists Joanna Webster and Emmanuelle Vital, who illustrated our mission and the work we do in conserving the striking open landscapes of Northwest Colorado.  Credit is also due to Theo Dexter of Lone Oak Signs for the high-quality rendition that welcomes visitors to our office.

Keep an eye out the next time you are in the neighborhood or stop in the office and say hello.

Double Your Impact: Donors Will Match Your Gift to YVLT in 2018!

For the second consecutive year, two anonymous donors are looking to inspire others to join them in their strong support of YVLT’s land conservation mission.  They have offered a generous dollar-for-dollar matching contribution for any donations over $100, up to a total of $50,000 by the end of 2018! 

These two conservation-minded individuals recognize the importance of YVLT’s work as it relates to the local economy and the quality of life we enjoy in the Yampa Valley and Northwest Colorado by permanently protecting open space, scenic views and wildlife habitat, protecting working ranchlands, and creating new recreational opportunities for the public to experience.

“YVLT is extremely grateful to all our donors who make our work sustainable and believe in our mission of ‘Open Lands Forever – Together,” says Executive Director Wendy Reynolds.

YVLT relies on donations from generous individuals to leverage other funding necessary to complete conservation projects.  Recent projects completed by YVLT have permanently protected over 1,770 new acres of family-owned and operated working ranchlands that provide habitat for sage grouse, mule deer, elk, and a host of other wildlife species. 

New land conservation projects are currently being developed and awaiting your support.  To date, YVLT has conserved 56,130 acres of land through 76 conservation easements in Routt, Moffat, Jackson, and Rio Blanco Counties.

Click here to donate: gifts over $100 will be matched up to a total of $50,000 until the end of 2018!

Supporting Routt County Ag: YVLT Buys Livestock at 4-H Auction!

Working ranches comprise the vast majority of Yampa Valley Land Trust’s conservation easements.  We value our conservation partnership with agricultural operators and felt it was time for YVLT to give back.

To show our appreciation and support for the ag community in Northwest Colorado – and to enjoy some delicious high country beef – we participated in the Junior Livestock Sale at the Routt County Fair in August.

YVLT placed the winning bid on Smokey, a 1,430-pound steer raised in Routt County by nine-year-old Lloyd Warren.  Proceeds from the auction will go into a savings account for Lloyd and put towards his college education (although a few of these hard-earned dollars will help this young man buy an iPad!).

This venture was made possible by the Allbright family, who generously purchased Smokey on the organization’s behalf.  Thank you, Bruce and Leslie, for allowing YVLT to show our support for agriculture in Northwest Colorado!

Ecosystem Conservation Keeps Crane Festival Anchored in Steamboat

This Labor Day weekend, the Yampa Valley Crane Festival returns to Steamboat Springs for the sixth time to celebrate Greater Sandhill Cranes, a captivating and iconic sight in the Yampa River Valley.

The annual event draws birdwatchers from around the country who flock to Northwest Colorado every September, when the cranes begin to gather in “staging areas” before heading south for their winter migration.

Greater Sandhill Cranes, standing four feet tall with wingspans exceeding six feet, are the only crane species found in Colorado.  Their habitat consists largely of agricultural fields, riparian corridors, and wetlands, all of which YVLT works to conserve.

According to the Colorado Crane Conservation Coalition (presenters of the YVCF), the primary nesting areas for the Rocky Mountain Population of Greater Sandhill Cranes include Grand, Jackson, Moffat, Routt, and Rio Blanco Counties”.  YVLT has conservation projects in four of those five counties; preserving valuable crane habitat, including critical nesting areas along the Yampa, Elk, and White Rivers that the birds depend on to raise their young.  The YVLT-conserved Carpenter Ranch in Hayden, owned by the Nature Conservancy, is one of the venues where guided crane tours are being offered in conjunction with the Yampa Valley Crane Festival.

Although crane populations have remained relatively stable in recent years, cranes – like many species – are losing large blocks of their traditional grounds to ecosystem fragmentation and conversion.  Willow-lined creeks, riparian areas, wetlands, irrigated hay meadows, and other water-based environments are critical for the cranes’ long-term survival, but these resources are limited in supply and quality crane habitat in Northwest Colorado is declining every year.

Support the organization dedicated to protecting these captivating creatures and their habitats across Northwest Colorado, and help us make sure Greater Sandhill Cranes will always have a home here in the Yampa Valley.

Donate today!