Land Trust Protects Two Mountain Properties

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Mountain Area Land Trust of Evergreen announced early this year that it closed a conservation easement on an 80-acre property near Divide in Teller County.  Conserving this private property connects the surrounding Pike National Forest to maintain a valuable wildlife corridor.  The property features a large pond, several springs, and wooded hillsides, making excellent wildlife habitat.  Moose, elk, mountain lions and eagles have been spotted on the property.  There are also remnants of an 1850’s homestead that will be protected by the easement.


Separately on Dec. 30, the land trust announced closing on a conservation easement on a beautifMALT_Conservation of 71 acres near Baily_Vicky_2015ul 71-acre property near Bailey.  The land has breathtaking mountain and river views and includes a half-mile of river frontage on the North Fork of the South Platte River.  This easement ensures the habitat and scenic vistas will be conserved forever.

In the early 1900s, a Denver bicycle club owned the land and held bike races in the meadow near the river.  In the mid-1900s, the property was used as a church summer camp.  The current owners have owned the property since 1994.  MALT has been working with these owners for several years.

Founded in 1992, MALT is a nonprofit organization that primarily helps facilitate the conservation-easement process for private landowners. Since inception it has protected nearly 15,000 acres in Park, Jefferson and Teller counties.

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PLAN Jeffco Board Member. A journalist for 35 years, Vicky Gits began covering environmental topics as a reporter for the Canyon Courier of Evergreen. Her assignments included covering the activities of the Jefferson County Open Space division and Evergreen Park and Recreation District for five years. Many stories concerned wild animal confrontations, wildfire breakouts and forest management. She has worked at the Denver Post, The Daily Camera, The Douglas County News-Press and as a freelancer. She enjoys spending as much time as possible in the garden or hiking and has hiked most of the trails in most of the open space parks in Boulder and Jeffco in the last 20 years. She originally came to Colorado from La Grange, Ill., to ski Aspen, Arapahoe Basin and Winter Park and came back to earn degrees from Colorado College and the University of Colorado. With the exception of one year in New York City, she has lived in Colorado since 1973. She joined the PLAN Jeffco board in 2014 after retiring from newspaper work.

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