Special Thanks to Ryan Gelling

Ryan Gelling, Conservation Associate at Yampa Valley Land Trust, has informed the Board of his decision to take a position with the Routt County Assessor’s Office.

The YVLT Board accepted, with regret, Ryan’s resignation and offers him it’s most sincere good wishes in his future endeavors. Ryan has been with the YVLT for almost eight years and has been instrumental in the recent reorganization and has played a key role in landowner and community outreach in our market area. The Board wishes to express its gratitude to Ryan for his hard work, loyalty, and years of service at YVLT.

Ryan has agreed to continue with YVLT as a consultant as his position with the County ramps up to aid in the successful conclusion of six active conservation easement projects and various other initiatives. He will remain as caretaker of YVLT’s Rehder Ranch for the foreseeable future.

The Board is evaluating staffing needs going forward. Tonya Dean, a previous staff member at YVLT, will be rejoining the organization on a part-time basis beginning in May 2019.

Conservation Associate Bryce Hinchman will be available to answer any questions and advance current and future projects and initiatives. The Board and staff remain steadfast in their commitment to conserving open lands in Northwest Colorado and are working diligently to further the YVLT Mission.

Please feel free to contact any Board member if you have any questions or concerns.


The Yampa Valley Land Trust Board of Directors

Help us reach our goal of 75 donors on Colorado Gives Day!

Mark your calendars!  Colorado Gives Day is right around the corner on December 4th – the single largest day for philanthropic giving in our home state.

We have been busy developing several new land conservation projects in Routt County this year.  Thanks to your donations in 2017, we had the resources to apply for and secure funding on four new projects through competitive grant rounds in 2018.

If we successfully close on our latest projects, we will permanently protect an additional 1,300+ acres in the Yampa Valley, adding to the 31,000 acres already conserved in Routt County by YVLT.  Your support is critical in bringing these projects to fruition as we work to raise matching funds.

You can help us reach our goal by giving to YVLT here on our website or by scheduling your donation on the Colorado Gives Day website.

Thank you for supporting land conservation in the Yampa Valley!  We simply can’t do this without you.

Book Release: “Toponas Cabin Journals”

George and Ruth Krauss have made a lot of memories at their 156-acre property in an untamed stretch of Routt County just east of Toponas.

They bought the land from a rancher in 1977 and built a cabin on it in the early 1980s.  Ever since, it has served as the Krauss family’s high-country retreat: a place to immerse themselves in nature, recharge the batteries and appreciate the simple things in life.  They completed an easement with YVLT in the year 2000, ensuring that the property’s striking open scenery and important wildlife habitat on the edge of the Routt National Forest would be protected in perpetuity.

Hot off the printing press,  George and Ruth just released a book titled “Toponas Cabin Journals” documenting their family’s experiences at the conserved property.  The book was compiled from 12 volumes of hand-written journal entries covering a period of over 30 years, providing a deeply personal and heartfelt look into their daily lives.  It also includes a special section featuring the family’s favorite recipes for cabin meals.

To commemorate YVLT’s deep ties to the property, George and Ruth honored YVLT with a copy of Toponas Cabin Journals at the book launch party. 

To purchase a copy of your own, contact (303) 674-0670 or P.O. Box 244, Toponas, CO 80479.