Land Trust Recognized for Conservation Successes

Yampa Valley Land Trust received a $5,000 award last week for being named a finalist for the El Pomar Foundation’s Robert V. Menary Award for Environmental Issues.


The award, presented November 17th during the El Pomar’s annual Awards for Excellence banquet at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, was one of three handed down to Colorado nonprofits that focus on environmental issues.


The finalists for the Robert V. Menary Award for Environmental Issues have all achieved excellence in their efforts to support the preservations of natural surroundings and to promote environmental awareness and conservation. ~Kae Rader of El Pomar

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Conservation Easements Offer Land Protection

Conservation Easements

Conservation EasementsFor many ranchers, conservation easements are a way to obtain needed cash for their operations without selling pieces of land.


About 40,000 acres of open space are protected by conservaton easements in Routt County. The easements are held by nonprofit organizations such as the Yampa Valley Land Trust, The Nature Conservancy, the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and the American Farmland Trust.


The Yampa Valley Land Trust holds conservation easements for almost 25,000 acres. About 90 percent of the land the organization works with has some agricultural component.


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